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Naomie Harris, OBE

Birthplace: London Borough Of Islington, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private and Private

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Terry Jackson (Switzer)
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About Naomie Harris, OBE

Naomie Melanie Harris OBE

From WIkipedia:

Naomie Melanie Harris OBE (born 6 September 1976) is an English actress. She started her career as a child actress, appearing in the television series Simon and the Witch in 1987. She portrayed the voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later (2002), and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). She garnered attention for her performance as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

In 2016, she starred in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, a performance which earned her several accolades, including Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations 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.

Early life

Naomie Harris was born on 6 September 1976 in Islington, London, where she was raised. Her mother, Lisselle Kayla (née Carmen Harris), emigrated from Jamaica to London as a child with her parents and has British and Nigerian ancestors. 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 and has no relationship with her father. 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 is now a healer. Harris attended St Marylebone School in London, 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. 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. In November 2002, she starred in Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later. In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth. 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. She also 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 Eve Moneypenny. She is the first black actress to play Moneypenny, and is the first Moneypenny to be given a first name. In 2012, Harris was the voice-over for the Boss Nuit Pour Femme commercial starring the actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

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 was not acting, but channeling her, and that it was "the first time she felt truly captured on film". Harris reprised her role as Moneypenny in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which was released on 26 October 2015.

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 and her son 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.



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
  • 2018 Rampage Dr. Kate Caldwell
  • 2018 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Nisha Motion-capture and voice
  • 2019 Black and Blue Alicia West Post-production
  • 2020 Bond 25 Eve Moneypenny Filming


Year Title Role Notes

  • 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
  • 2002–2003 Dinotopia Romana 2 episodes
  • 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

Video games

Year Title Role Notes

  • 2010 Fable III Page Voice
  • 2012 007 Legends Eve Moneypenny Voice


Year Title Role

  • 2011 Frankenstein Elizabeth Lavenza
  • 2000 The Witch of Edmonton Susan Carter

Awards and nominations

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.

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Naomie Harris, OBE's Timeline

September 6, 1976
London Borough Of Islington, Greater London, England, United Kingdom