Naomie Melanie Harris
6 September 1976
|Partner(s)||Peter Legler (2012–present)|
Naomie Melanie Harris(born 6 September 1976) is an English actress. She started her career when she was a child, appearing in the television series Simon and the Witch in 1987. She portrayed Selena in the zombie film 28 Days Later (2002), the witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), and Frances Barrison / Shriek in Sony's Spider-Man Universe film Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021). She portrayed Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and No Time to Die (2021).
In 2016, she starred in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, a performance that earned her a number of accolades, including nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Harris was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.
Naomie Harris was born on 6 September 1976 in Islington, London, where she was raised. Her mother, Carmen Harris, sometimes credited as Lisselle Kayla, emigrated from Jamaica to London as a child with her parents. Harris's father, Brian Clarke, a fashion designer, emigrated from Trinidad to the UK, and has British, Grenadian, and Guyanese ancestors. They separated before Harris was born, and she was raised by her mother. Harris grew up in a council flat in Finsbury Park. Her mother later remarried and Harris has two younger half-siblings. Her mother worked as a screenwriter on EastEnders and works as a healer.
She attended St Marylebone School in London. Harris attended the Anna Scher Theatre where she studied acting as a child before attending Woodhouse College as a sixth-form student. She graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1998 with a degree in social and political sciences. Harris trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Harris has appeared in television and film since she was nine, including a starring role in the remake of the science fiction series The Tomorrow People. In 2000, she played Susan in The Witch of Edmonton at the Southwark Playhouse. She was in the cast of She Stoops to Conquer (Radio 3), Studio 3, Pebble Mill, May 2000. In November 2002, she starred in Danny Boyle's postapocalyptic film 28 Days Later. In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth. 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. She did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom's indie ensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story (2005). She starred in Channel 4's adaptation of the 2006 novel Poppy Shakespeare, which was first shown on 31 March 2008. She also appeared in BBC's historical drama Small Island in December 2009.
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. She played the lead role in The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick, which was premiered on 18 May 2011 in the Seattle International Film Festival.
Harris co-starred in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall (2012), playing Miss Moneypenny. She is the first black actress to play Moneypenny, and is the first Moneypenny to be given a first name. Harris reprised her role as Moneypenny in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which was released on 26 October 2015.
Harris portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on the book of the same name, opposite the actor Idris Elba. The film was released on 29 November 2013. On viewing the film, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told Harris that it seemed as if she were not acting, but channeling her, and that it was "the first time she felt truly captured on film".
In 2016, Harris starred as Paula in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. She played the abusive, drug-addicted mother of the film's main character, Chiron. The film follows her son and her through a 20-year period. Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Harris was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, among other awards.
In 2021, Harris reprised her role as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond film No Time to Die and starred as Frances Barrison / Shriek in Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
At about 11, Harris was diagnosed with scoliosis. The condition progressed severely into her teen years which necessitated a spinal fusion; it took her a month to recover fully and she had to learn how to walk again. As a teenager, Harris also suffered from adenomyosis.
In 2012, Harris began a relationship with Peter Legler.
On the topic of having children, Harris stated in a 2017 interview with Woman magazine:
People ask, 'So when are you going to have children?' I think it's a really odd thing because it's such a personal decision. And also, you don't know what is happening in someone's life. I find it bizarre, even with my friends, when they want me to have children. Why would you encourage anybody to have children unless it was their burning desire? You need to be fully committed to it ... Have children when you're ready, if you're ready, but only then. I'd never had any pressure.
|Denotes work that has not yet been released.|
|2002||Living In Hope||Ginny|
|2002||28 Days Later||Selena||Won — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance|
|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|
|2009||Morris: A Life with Bells On||Sonja|
|2009||Ninja Assassin||Europol Agent Mika Coretti|
|2009||Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll||Denise|
|2009||My Last Five Girlfriends||Gemma|
|2010||The First Grader||Jane Obinchu|
|2013||Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom||Winnie Mandela|
|2016||Our Kind of Traitor||Gail Perkins|
|2018||Rampage||Dr. Kate Caldwell|
|2018||Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle||Nisha||Voice and motion capture|
|2019||Black and Blue||Alicia West|
|2021||Venom: Let There Be Carnage||Frances Barrison / Shriek|
|2021||No Time to Die||Eve Moneypenny|
|2021||Swan Song||Poppy Turner|
|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||Television film|
|2008||Poppy Shakespeare||Poppy Shakespeare||Television film|
|2009||Small Island||Hortense Roberts||Television film|
|2009||Blood and Oil||Alice Omuka||Television film|
|2010||Accused||Alison Wade||1 episode|
|2020||The Third Day||Helen||Main role|
|2022||The Man Who Fell to Earth||Justin Falls||Main role, series|
|2012||007 Legends||Eve Moneypenny||Voice|
|2000||The Witch of Edmonton||Susan Carter|
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Naomie Harris
In addition to numerous acting awards, Harris was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours, for services to drama. She received the honour from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 23 February 2017. She has also been recognised for her influence with her addition in the 2019 edition of the Powerlist, ranking the 100 most influential Black Britons.