Noma Dumezweni (born 28 July 1969) is a British actress. In 2006, she won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Play for her performance as Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. She starred as Hermione Granger in the original West End and Broadway runs of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which garnered her a second Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play and a nomination for a Best Featured Actress in a Play at the 72nd Tony Awards.
Early and personal life
Born in Swaziland to 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. She first lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where she was educated, before moving to London. She has a daughter, Qeiva, born in 2007.
Dumezweni's work in theatre includes: President of an Empty Room and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the National Theatre, London; Breakfast with Mugabe, Antony and Cleopatra and Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC; A Raisin in the Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith, London (for which she won her Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Master and Margarita, Nathan the Wise and The Coffee House at Chichester Festival Theatre, Six Characters in Search of an Author in the Chichester Festival production at the Gielgud Theatre and The Bogus Woman at the Traverse and the Bush. In spring of 2009 she appeared in the RSC's The Winter's Tale. 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.
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."
In December 2015, it was announced that Dumezweni had been cast as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. On the announcement, theatre critic Kate Maltby described her as "an actress who consistently engages and enthrals." 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. Because of her role she was listed as one of BBC's 100 women during 2018. Dumezweni reprised her role on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre in 2018.
In 2020, she appeared in the HBO series The Undoing alongside Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland. The series got several nominations at the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. She plays Haley Fitzgerald, a powerhouse attorney hired by a wealthy New York psychotherapist (Kidman) to represent her husband (Grant), a pediatric cancer doctor who has been charged with the brutal killing of his mistress. This role enabled the actress to reach an American audience thanks to the success of the series.
|2002||Dirty Pretty Things||Celia|
|2018||Mary Poppins Returns||Miss Penny Farthing|
|2019||The Kid Who Would Be King||Mrs. Lee|
|The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind||Edith Sikelo|
|2023||The Little Mermaid||Carlotta||Post-production|
|2003||Holby City||Hannah Keelan||1 episode|
|2005||Silent Witness||DS Erin Jacobs||1 episode|
|The Bill||Building Society Manager||1 episode|
|2006||Mysterious Creatures||Chanelle Pinkerton||Television film|
|Holby City||Hesta Mukaka||1 episode|
|After Thomas||Paula Murray||Television film|
|2007||Shameless||Mrs. Newman||1 episode|
|Fallen Angel||Carla||1 episode|
|New Tricks||Sophie Oyekambi||1 episode|
|EastEnders||D.C. Wright||1 episode|
|2008||The Last Enemy||Valerie||1 episode|
|Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic||Marchessa||Television film|
|Fallout||Joyce Abena||Television film|
|2008–2009||Doctor Who||Captain Erisa Magambo||2 episodes|
|2012||Casualty||Marsha Chilcot||2 episodes|
|2013||Frankie||Angie Rascoe||6 episodes|
|2015||Midsomer Murders||Ailsa Probert||1 episode|
|Casualty||Susan Blossom||1 episode|
|2017||Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams||Senior Agent Okhile||1 episode|
|2018||Black Earth Rising||Alice Munezero||Main role, 7 episodes|
|2020||Normal People||Gillian||1 episode|
|The Undoing||Haley Fitzgerald||Miniseries, 4 episodes|
|2021||Made for Love||Fiffany||Main role|
|Pose||Tasha Jackson||1 episode|
|2002||Antony and Cleopatra||Chairmian||Theatre Royal Haymarket|
|2008||The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other||Royal National Theatre|
|2014||Henry V||Mistress Quickly/Alice||Noël Coward Theatre|
|2016–2018||Harry Potter and the Cursed Child||Hermione Granger||Palace Theatre|
In radio, she has appeared in Jambula Tree, Seven Wonders of the Divided World, From Fact to Fiction, From Freedom to the Future, Handprint, Jane's Story, Sagila, Shylock, The Farming of Bones, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, The Seven Ages of Car, The Bogus Woman and Breakfast with Mugabe.
She voiced the young adult adventure series Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley which are set in an imaginary world loosely resembling Victorian South Africa.
|2006||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Play||A Raisin in the Sun||Won|||
|2016||Evening Standard Theatre Award||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Linda||Nominated|||
|2017||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play||Harry Potter and the Cursed Child||Won|||
|2018||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play||Nominated|||
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|||
|Theatre World Award||Honouree|||
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JK Rowling tweeted this morning that she'd never specified Hermione's skin colour in the books.
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- "From Fact to Fiction, Series 2, Episode 1". BBC. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Drama on 3: Handprint". BBC Radio 3. 26 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Jane's Story". RadioListings. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Drama on 3: Shylock". BBC Radio 3. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "The Farming of Bones". BBC Radio 4. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Afternoon Drama: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Series 4, A Very Rude Woman". BBC Radio 4. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Afternoon Drama: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Series 4, Talking Shoes". BBC Radio 4. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
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