Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Actor
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Life Story

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She showed an interest in acting from an early age and attended the prestigious Anna Scher Theatre School. From here, Harris won roles in various projects, such as Simon and the Witch (1987) and The Tomorrow People (1992). She went on to study social and political sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, an experience Harris did not enjoy.

After graduating from the University, Harris trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Acting success soon followed and her breakthrough film role came in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later... (2002). Other notable projects include Miami Vice (2006) and Small Island (2009) (for which she was named best female actor by the Royal Television Society). Harris also won fans for her role as voodoo witch Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), and further international attention came her way when she played field agent Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond film Skyfall (2012).

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Trivia

Attended and graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England.
Attended London's St. Marylebone School, before she attended Woodhouse College.
She is best known to American audiences for her roles as Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), and as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond series, beginning with Skyfall (2012).
She is the first black actress to play Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond series. Harris's interpretation of Moneypenny is also significantly expanded from the character's secretarial roots; in Skyfall (2012), she is introduced as a full-fledged MI6 field agent and an agile sidekick to Bond.
Replaced Lupita Nyong'o in the role of Angela Rivera in Southpaw (2015) after Nyong'o backed out of the project.
She appeared in two films that earned $1 billion at the worldwide box-office, as did Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.
Received her Bachelor's degree in social and political sciences from Pembroke College, Cambridge University (1998).
Her all-time favorite movie is the musical drama The Sound of Music (1965).
Naomie is very close to her mother Lisselle Kayla in every sense of the word, living just several doors away from her in Muswell Hill, North London (UK).
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Drama. She is an actress in London, England.
Her mother remarried when Naomie was 11-years-old, her biological father having left before Naomie was even born. Her stepfather was a chef in the south of France and her stepbrother and stepsister are 20 years younger than her.

Personal Quotes 

Everything starts in the writing, and getting more and more women's perspective in the writing will have a huge impact on the quality of films we get. At the moment, we don't really see women as we see ourselves and as we really are because it's only men writing for us. I've read a lot of scripts where I've thought: "No women would ever say that! No woman would ever behave like that!" Women are put into these categories of bitch, mother or sex symbol. If we had more women writing we would have a more realistic representation of what it's like to be a woman.
I haven't been directed by a woman. I'd love to be; it would make a big difference. Often as an actress you can feel very alienated, especially if you are playing the female lead in a male-dominated cast and environment. It's very hard to feel relaxed, to feel able to express yourself and to feel that you will be heard in that kind of environment.
Film is such a male-dominated industry. There's a lot of "who you know" in terms of how you get promoted. The whole way the business is constructed means there are just men at every level, which makes it really hard for women to get their feet in the door. Also, the way of working makes it very difficult for women to succeed in the business. It must be incredibly hard if you have children to navigate the hours.

Filmography

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