Naomie Harris

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Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris 2014.jpg
Harris in June 2014
Born Naami Melanie Harris
(1976-09-06) 6 September 1976 (age 40)
Islington, London, England
Alma mater Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present

Naomie Melanie Harris[1] (born 6 September 1976)[1] is an English actress. She played voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. She played Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.

Early life[edit]

Harris was born on 6 September 1976 in London, where she was raised, and where she attended St Marylebone School, before attending Woodhouse College as a 6th form student. She graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1998 with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. Her mother, Lisselle Kayla, is originally from Jamaica, and her father from Trinidad.[2] They separated before she was born, and she was raised by her mother. Her mother worked as a screenwriter on EastEnders and is now a healer.[3] Harris gained her training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[4]


Harris has appeared in television and film since she was nine, including a starring role on the remake of the science fiction series The Tomorrow People.[5] In November 2002, she starred in Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later.[1] In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth.[1] Since then, Harris has appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Michael Mann's Miami Vice.[1] She also did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom's indie ensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story.[6] She starred in Channel 4's adaptation of the novel Poppy Shakespeare, which was first shown on 31 March 2008. She also appeared in BBC's historical drama Small Island in December 2009.[7][8]

She played Elizabeth Lavenza in Danny Boyle's stage production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for the National Theatre from 22 February to 2 May 2011.[9] She played the lead role in The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick, which premiered on 18 May 2011 in the Seattle International Film Festival.[10]

Harris co-starred in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, playing Eve Moneypenny.[3] She is the first black actress to play Moneypenny, and is the first Moneypenny to be given a first name.[11] In 2012, Harris was the voice-over for the Boss Nuit Pour Femme commercial starring actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Harris portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on the book of the same name, opposite actor Idris Elba.[12] The film was released on 29 November 2013. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on viewing the film told Harris that it seemed like she wasn't acting, but channeling her and that it was "the first time she felt truly captured on film".[13][14] Harris reprised her role as Eve Moneypenny in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which was released on 26 October 2015.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Harris has been in a relationship with Peter Legler since 2012.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Crust Receptionist
2002 Living In Hope Ginny
2002 Anansi Carla
2002 28 Days Later Selena
2004 Trauma Elisa
2004 After the Sunset Sophie
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Tia Dalma
2006 Miami Vice Trudy Joplin
2006 A Cock and Bull Story Jennie
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Tia Dalma/Calypso
2008 Street Kings Linda Washington
2008 Explicit Ills Jill
2008 August Sarah
2009 Morris: A Life with Bells On Sonja
2009 Ninja Assassin Mika Coretti
2009 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Denise
2009 My Last Five Girlfriends Gemma
2010 The First Grader Jane Obinchu
2012 Skyfall Eve Moneypenny
2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Winnie Mandela
2015 Southpaw Angela Rivera
2015 Spectre Eve Moneypenny
2016 Our Kind of Traitor Gail Perkins
2016 Moonlight Paula
2016 Collateral Beauty Madeleine In post-production
2018 Jungle Book Nisha (voice) In post-production


Year Title Role Note
1987–1988 Simon and the Witch Joyce 12 episodes
1989 Erasmus Microman Millie 1 episode
1992–1993 Runaway Bay Shuku 17 episodes
1992–1995 The Tomorrow People Ami Jackson 16 episodes
2000 Dream Team Lola Olokwe 1 episode
2002 Trial & Retribution V Tara Gray 1 episode
2002 White Teeth Clara 4 episodes
2002 The Project Maggie Dunn
2002–2003 Dinotopia Romana 2 episodes
2008 Poppy Shakespeare Poppy Shakespeare
2009 Small Island Hortense Roberts
2009 Blood and Oil Alice Omuka
2010 Accused Alison Wade 1 episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Fable III Page
2012 007 Legends Eve Moneypenny


Year Title Role
2011 Frankenstein Elizabeth Lavenza

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Golden Nymph Best Performance by an Actress White Teeth Nominated
2004 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance 28 Days Later Won
2007 BAFTA Awards Rising Star Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries Small Island Nominated
2011 Glamour Awards Theatre Actress of the Year Frankenstein Won
2012 Black Reel Awards Best Actress The First Grader Nominated
2013 Essence Awards Shining Star Award Skyfall Won
2014 London Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nominated
2014 London Film Critics Circle Awards British Actress of the Year Nominated
2014 NAACP Awards Best Supporting Actress Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nominated
2016 Hollywood Film Awards Breakout Actress Collateral Beauty and Moonlight Won


  1. ^ a b c d e "Naomie Harris- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Charlotte Philby (24 April 2010). "My Secret Life: Naomie Harris, actress, 33". The Independent. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Lilia Diu, Nisha (25 October 2012). "Naomie Harris interview for Skyfall: RIP the Bond girl". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Naomie Harris Biography". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Naomie Harris Biography". Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story". 6 October 2005. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Small Island: Naomie Harris plays Hortense". BBC. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (17 April 2010). "'Small Island' weaves tale of hope and despair". Boston Globe. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Rozen, Leah (17 May 2011). "Actress Naomie Harris: From First Grade to 'Frankenstein'". BBC. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Naomie Harris On The First Grader". Empire. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Roy, Amit (6 November 2011). "Tittle tittle". The Daily Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Browne, Niall. "Idris Elba & Naomie Harris Take A 'Long Walk To Freedom'". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Smith, Julia Liewellyn (January 2, 2014). "Naomie Harris interview: 'Winnie Mandela terrified me'". London: The Telegraph. 
  14. ^ "Naomie Harris Nervous to meet Winnie Mandela". RTÉ Ireland. January 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Spectre: James Bond 24 title is revealed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Actress Naomie Harris and boyfriend Peter Legler, dating since 2012, caught showing PDA, rumors they might get married". 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gore, Will (4 January 2014). "Saint and sinner". Arts. The Spectator. 324 (9671): 32. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Samantha Bond
Miss Moneypenny
(in Eon James Bond films)
Succeeded by