Noma Dumezweni

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Noma Dumezweni
Born 1969 (age 47–48)
Swaziland
Occupation Actress

Noma Dumezweni (born 1969)[1] is an English actress. In 2006, she won an Olivier Award for her role in A Raisin in the Sun.[2] She stars as Hermione Granger in the original West End run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Swaziland, of South African parents, Dumezweni lived in Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. She arrived in England as a refugee on 17 May 1977 with her sister and mother.[3] She first lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where she was educated,[2] before moving to London.

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Dumezweni's work in theatre includes: President of an Empty Room and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other[4] at the National Theatre, London;[5] Breakfast with Mugabe,[6] Antony and Cleopatra[7] and Much Ado About Nothing[8] for the RSC; A Raisin in the Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith, London[9] (for which she won her Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role[10]); A Midsummer Night's Dream,[11] The Master and Margarita,[12] Nathan the Wise[13] and The Coffee House at Chichester Festival Theatre, Six Characters in Search of an Author in the Chichester Festival production at the Gielgud Theatre[14][15] and The Bogus Woman[16] at the Traverse and the Bush. In spring of 2009 she appeared in the RSC's The Winter's Tale.[17][18][19] In 2013-2014 she appeared in A Human Being Died That Night at the Fugard Theater in Cape Town, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, which later transferred to the Hampstead Theatre in London.[20]

She starred in Linda at London's Royal Court Theatre in November 2015, stepping into the role vacated by Kim Cattrall with a few days notice before press night. Awarding the production five stars, the Daily Telegraph's Chief Theatre Critic Dominic Cavendish wrote "If they can bottle and mass-produce whatever it is that Noma Dumezweni has got then, please, I want to order a life-time’s supply."[21]

In December 2015 it was announced that Dumezweni had been cast as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.[22] On the announcement, theatre critic Kate Maltby described her as "an actress who consistently engages and enthrals."[23] The casting of the black Dumezweni as Hermione sparked fervent discussion, to which J.K. Rowling responded that Hermione's skin was never specified as white.[24][25]

Film and television[edit]

Year Title Format Role Notes
2001 Macbeth TV film Witch
2002 Dirty Pretty Things Film Celia
2003 Holby City TV series Hannah Keelan Episode: "The One You Love: Part 2"
2005 Silent Witness TV series DS Erin Jacobs Episodes: "Ghosts: Part 1" and "Ghosts: Part 2"
The Bill TV series Building Society Manager Episode: 403
2006 Mysterious Creatures TV film Chanelle Pinkerton
Holby City TV series Hesta Mukaka Episode: "Fly Me to the Moon"
After Thomas TV film Paula Murray
2006-8 Little Miss Jocelyn TV series Episodes: Series 1, Episode 5 and Series 2, Episode 2
2007 Shameless TV series Mrs. Newman Episode: Series 4, Episode 5
The Grey Man TV film Sergeant
Fallen Angel TV series Carla
New Tricks TV series Sophie Oyekambi Episode: "Casualty"
EastEnders TV series D.C. Wright Episode: 17 August 2007
2008 The Last Enemy TV series Valerie Episode: Series 1, Episode 1
The Colour of Magic TV film Marchessa
Fallout TV film Joyce Abena
2008-9 Doctor Who TV series Captain Erisa Magambo Episodes: "Turn Left" and "Planet of the Dead"
2013 Frankie TV series Angie Rascoe
2015 Midsomer Murders TV series Ailsa Probert Episode 17.2 "Murder by Magic"
Capital TV series Greaves

Radio[edit]

In radio, she has appeared in Jambula Tree, Seven Wonders of the Divided World, From Fact to Fiction,[26] From Freedom to the Future, Handprint,[27] Jane's Story,[28] Sagila, Shylock,[29] The Farming of Bones,[30] The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,[31][32] The Seven Ages of Car, The Bogus Woman[33] and Breakfast with Mugabe.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoggard, Liz (20 December 2015). "Noma Dumezweni: 'I'm starting to believe in the universe right now'". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "7 Things You Need to Know About London's Newly Announced Hermione Granger". Playbill. 
  3. ^ Olivier Awards ceremony 2017
  4. ^ National Theatre : Productions : The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Peter Hepple (1 July 2005). "Reviews: President of an Empty Room". The Stage. Retrieved 3 January 2012. (Subscription required.)
  6. ^ Billington, Michael (15 April 2006). "Breakfast With Mugabe". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Ben Whitehouse. "Coventry and Warwickshire Stage – Tragedy and humour meet head on at RST". BBC. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Royal Shakespeare Company : Archived releases Archived 2 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Lyric Hammersmith | A Raisin in the Sun Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Olivier Awards 2006". Laurence Olivier Awards. 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Michael Sell (1 June 2004). "Reviews: A Midsummer Night's Dream". The Stage. Retrieved 3 January 2012. (Subscription required.)
  12. ^ Michael Sell (2 August 2004). "Reviews: The Master and Margarita". The Stage. Retrieved 3 January 2012. (Subscription required.)
  13. ^ Gilchrist, Stephen (2 May 2003). "Nathan the Wise (Chichester)". What's On Stage. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Fisher, Philip (2008). "Review of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Chichester Festival production". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  15. ^ Taylor, Paul (19 September 2008). "Review of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Gielgud Theatre, London". The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Spencer, Charles (13 February 2001). "Out of Africa, into a refugee's nightmare". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Billington, Michael (9 April 2009). "Winter's Tale Courtyard Stratford Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Winter's Tale, 2009 David Farr Production". Royal Shakespeare Company. April 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Peta David, Reviews: "A Winter’s Tale", The Stage, 14 April 2009.(Subscription required.)
  20. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (6 June 2014). "A Bit of South Africa's Ugly Past Comes to the Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Linda, Royal Court, review: 'funny, touching, deeply uncomfortable-making'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  22. ^ Tan, Monica (21 December 2015). "Noma Dumezweni cast as Hermione in new Harry Potter stage play". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  23. ^ "There's nothing confusing about a black actress playing Hermione Granger - Spectator Blogs". Spectator Blogs. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  24. ^ Maltby, Kate. "There's nothing confusing about a black actress playing Hermione Granger – Spectator Blogs". Spectator Blogs. Retrieved 23 December 2015. JK Rowling tweeted this morning that she'd never specified Hermione's skin colour in the books 
  25. ^ J.K. Rowling [jk_rowling] (21 December 2015). "Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 20 January 2016 – via Twitter. 
  26. ^ "From Fact to Fiction, Series 2, Episode 1". BBC. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  27. ^ "Drama on 3: Handprint". BBC Radio 3. 26 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  28. ^ "Jane's Story". RadioListings. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  29. ^ "Drama on 3: Shylock". BBC Radio 3. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  30. ^ "The Farming of Bones". BBC Radio 4. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  31. ^ "Afternoon Drama: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Series 4, A Very Rude Woman". BBC Radio 4. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  32. ^ "Afternoon Drama: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Series 4, Talking Shoes". BBC Radio 4. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  33. ^ "The Bogus Woman". RadioListings. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  34. ^ "Drama on 3: Breakfast With Mugabe". BBC Radio 3. 4 June 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 

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