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Alice Krige
Alice Krige 2006.jpg
Krige in October 2006
Alice Maud Krige

(1954-06-28) 28 June 1954 (age 68)
Upington, Cape Province, South Africa
EducationRhodes University
Central School of Speech and Drama
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1976–present
Paul Schoolman
(m. 1988)

Alice Maud Krige (Afrikaans: [ˈkriːχə]; born 28 June 1954) is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in Chariots of Fire (1981) as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon. She played the dual role of Eva Galli/Alma Mobley in Ghost Story (1981) and the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).[1]

Early life and education

Krige was born in Upington, Cape Province (now Northern Cape), South Africa, the daughter of Patricia, a professor of psychology, and Louis Krige, a physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth, where Alice grew up in what she has described as a "very happy family", with two brothers, one of whom became a physician and the other a Professor of Surgery.[2][3]

Krige attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa with plans to become a clinical psychologist. She turned to acting after taking an acting class at Rhodes, then completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a BA Hons degree in drama, with distinction. She went on to London to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama.[4]


Krige made her professional debut on British television in 1979, and appeared as Lucie Manette in the television movie A Tale of Two Cities. She went on to play Sybil Gordon in Chariots of Fire and Eva Galli/Alma Mobley in Ghost Story, both in 1981. She earned a Plays and Players Award, as well as a Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer, after appearing in a 1981 West End theatre production of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man.[3][4]

She then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Cordelia in King Lear and in Edward Bond's Lear, Miranda in The Tempest, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, and Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac. She also appeared in plays such as Thomas Otway's Venice Preserv'd at the Almeida Theatre in London and Toyer at the Arts Theatre in the West End.

Krige played Bathsheba in King David (1985) and Mary Shelley in Haunted Summer (1988), and has appeared in such horror films as Ghost Story, Sleepwalkers, Silent Hill and Gretel & Hansel.

In Star Trek: First Contact, Krige played the Borg Queen, who attempts to assimilate Earth into the Borg collective. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 1997 Saturn Awards for that role.[3] She returned to this character in the Star Trek game Star Trek: Armada II and in the Star Trek: Voyager series finale "Endgame" in 2001. In 2021, she reprised her role as the Borg Queen in voice only for the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks.[5] Her science fiction career has expanded into television, with prominent roles in miniseries adaptations of Dinotopia and Frank Herbert's Children of Dune. She worked with the Brothers Quay in "The Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That People Call Life" and with Guy Maddin in "Twilight of the Ice Nymphs".

Krige at a Star Trek event
Krige at a Star Trek event

In April 2004, Krige was awarded an honorary Litt.D. degree from Rhodes University.[3]

Krige starred in a number of made-for-television movies and miniseries. She appeared in the television movies Baja Oklahoma (1988) and Ladykiller (1992) and the miniseries Ellis Island (1984) and Scarlet and Black (1993). She played Natalie Wood's mother in The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004), and starred as Joan Collins in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.[6][7] She had recurring roles on Deadwood, and guest starred on Six Feet Under, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The 4400 and Dirty Sexy Money.

In 2008, she had a leading role as Sannie Laing, Sandra's mother, in Skin, the biopic about Sandra Laing. The film explores the issues of the girl being classified as "Coloured" by the South African authorities during Apartheid, although her parents were white. In 2011, Krige appeared in the BBC's final season of Spooks, playing Russian double agent Elena Gavrik.[8] Krige also featured in the final season of the BBC drama Waking the Dead, in 2011.[9] In recent years, Krige appeared in films Solomon Kane, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Thor: The Dark World.[10] She played the role of Amira in the first and second series of Tyrant for F/X, and has recently worked for the BBC on the series The Syndicate and Partners in Crime. In 2016, she appeared on the Netflix mystery series The OA.[11]

In 2012, Krige produced the award-winning feature Jail Caesar, an exploration of the little known adolescence of Julius Caesar, filmed in three working prisons with several hundred serving prisoners and an assemble of actors including Derek Jacobi and John Kani. Jail Caesar was written and directed by Paul Schoolman.

In 2015, Krige received the Special Jury Award at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality in Jakarta, along with Andy Garcia and Jimmy Carter for her performance in the film Shingetsu, in which she plays a war-traumatised surgeon of Doctors Without Borders, opposite Gunter Singer.[12][13]

Personal life

Krige married writer and director Paul Schoolman in 1988.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Vergeet My Nie Welma de Villiers
1981 Chariots of Fire Sybil Gordon
1981 Ghost Story Eva Galli / Alma Mobley
1985 King David Bathsheba
1987 Barfly Tully Sorenson
1988 Haunted Summer Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
1989 See You in the Morning Beth Goodwin
1992 Sleepwalkers Mary Brady
1992 Spies Inc. Isabelle
1994 Sea Beggars Wife Short film
1995 Institute Benjamenta Lisa Benjamenta
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Borg Queen
1996 Amanda Audrey Farnsworth
1997 Habitat Clarissa Symes
1997 Twilight of the Ice Nymphs Zephyr Eccles
1998 The Commissioner Isabelle Morton
1999 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Mother Marianne Cope
2000 The Little Vampire Freda Sackville-Bagg
2000 The Calling Elizabeth Plummer
2001 Superstition Mirella Cenci
2001 Vallen Monique
2002 Reign of Fire Karen Abercromby
2004 Star Trek: The Experience - Borg Invasion 4D Borg Queen Short film
2004 Shadow of Fear Margie Henderson
2006 Stay Alive The Author
2006 Silent Hill Christabella LaRoache
2006 Lonely Hearts Janet Long
2006 The Contract Agent Gwen Miles
2007 Ten Inch Hero Zo
2008 Skin Sannie Laing
2008 The Betrayed Falco
2009 Solomon Kane Katherine Crowthorn
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Morgan le Fay
2011 Will Sister Carmel
2012 Jail Caesar Pirate Captain Also producer
2013 Thor: The Dark World Eir
2017 The Little Vampire 3D Freda Sackville-Bagg Voice
2017 A Christmas Prince Queen Helena
2018 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding Queen Helena
2018 A Rose in Winter Anna Reinach
2019 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby Queen Helena
2020 Gretel & Hansel Holda/The Witch
2020 Shingetsu Woman Also producer
2020 The Bay of Silence Vivian
2021 She Will Veronica Ghent
2022 Texas Chainsaw Massacre Virginia "Ginny" McCumber [14]
2021 Echoes of the Past Andrea Foss Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1980 BBC2 Playhouse Emily Episode: "The Happy Autumn Fields"
1980 A Tale of Two Cities Lucie Manette TV movie
1980 The Professionals Diana Molner Episode: "Operation Susie"
1983 Arms and the Man Raina TV movie
1984 Ellis Island Bridget O'Donnell TV miniseries
1985 Wallenberg: A Hero's Story Baroness Lisl Kemeny TV movie
1985 Murder, She Wrote Nita Cochran Episode: "Murder in the Afternoon"
1986 Dream West Jessie Benton Fremont TV miniseries
1986 Second Serve Gwen TV movie
1988 Baja Oklahoma Patsy Cline TV movie
1990 Max and Helen Helen Weiss TV movie
1991 Strauss Dynasty Olga TV miniseries
1991 The Hidden Room Jennifer Episode: "Dream Child"
1991 L'Amérique en otage Parveneh Limbert TV movie
1992 Ladykiller May Packard TV movie
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Anne Berrisford Episode: "Wild Horses"
1993 Judgment Day: The John List Story Jean Syfert TV movie
1993 Double Deception Pamela Sparrow TV movie
1993 Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Joan Anatole TV movie
1993 Scarlet and Black Madame de Renal TV miniseries
1994 Sharpe's Honour La Marquesa TV movie
1995 Joseph Rachel TV movie
1995 Donor Unknown Alice Stillman TV movie
1995 Devil's Advocate Alessandra Locatelli TV movie
1996 Hidden in America Dee TV movie
1997 Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan Rebecca Daly TV movie
1998 Close Relations Louise TV miniseries
1998 Welcome to Paradox Aura Mendoza Episode: "Acute Triangle"
1999 Deep in My Heart Annalise Jurgenson TV movie
1999 Becker Dr. Sandra Rush Episode: "Activate Your Choices"
1999 In the Company of Spies Sarah Gold TV movie
2001 Attila Galla Placidia TV miniseries
2001 Star Trek: Voyager Borg Queen Episode: "Endgame"
2002 Six Feet Under Alma Episodes: "Out, Out, Brief Candle" and "The Plan"
2002 Dinotopia Rosemary Waldo TV miniseries
2003 Children of Dune Lady Jessica TV miniseries
2003 The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton Snubby Eaton TV movie
2004 The Mystery of Natalie Wood Maria Gurdin TV movie
2003, 2004 Threat Matrix Senator Lily Randolph Episodes: "Flipping" and "19 Seconds"
2005 Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure Joan Collins TV movie
2005 Deadwood Maddie 5 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gillian Booth Episode: "Dramma Giocoso"
2006 The Line of Beauty Rachel Fedden TV miniseries
2006 The 4400 Sarah Episodes: "Gone: Part 1" and "Gone: Part 2"
2007 Persuasion Lady Russell TV movie
2007 Heroes and Villains Letizia Episode: "Napoleon"
2008 Dirty Sexy Money Judge Alexis Wyeth Episode: "The Family Lawyer"
2009 Midsomer Murders Jenny Frazer Episode: "Secrets and Spies"
2011 Waking the Dead Karen Harding Episodes: "Care: Part 1" and "Care: Part 2"
2011 Page Eight Emma Baron TV movie
2011 Spooks Elena Gavrik 6 episodes
2014 Tyrant Amira Al Fayeed 20 episodes
2014 NCIS Margaret Clark Episode: "So It Goes"
2015 The Syndicate Lady Hazelwood 6 episodes
2015 Partners in Crime Rita Vandemeyer Episodes: "The Secret Adversary: Part 1" and "The Secret Adversary: Part 2"
2016–2019 The OA Nancy Johnson Season 1 (2016): 8 episodes
Season 2 (2019): Episode: "Angel of Death"
2019 Carnival Row Aoife Tsigani Recurring role[15]
2020 The Alienist: Angel of Darkness Elizabeth Cady Stanton 2 episodes
2021 Star Trek: Lower Decks Borg Queen Episode: "I, Excretus"


  1. ^ "First Contact's Borg Queen - Alice Krige". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ Alice Krige biodata, Yahoo! Movies; accessed 29 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e The Alice Krige Home Page biography Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Alice Krige biography and filmography". Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  5. ^ "'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Brought Back Alice Krige, the OG Borg Queen".
  6. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (1 January 2005). "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: If You've Got It, Flaunt It: ABC Trumpets an 80's Hit". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  8. ^ "'Star Trek' star Alice Krige is 'amazing' in 'Spooks', say writers". 8 September 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Alice Krige Credits". TV Guide. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  10. ^ Staff (13 August 2012). "'Thor: The Dark World' casts Alice Krige". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  11. ^ Ge, Linda (12 December 2016). "Brit Marling's Netflix Series 'The OA' Promises Mystery in First Trailer (Video)". The Wrap. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Winners - International Film Festivals for Peace, Inspiration, and Equality". Archived from the original on 10 October 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Shingetsu director Paul Schoolman and actor Alice Krige interview".
  14. ^ Fuge, Jon (22 March 2021). "'Don't Breathe 2' & 'Texas Chainsaw' Sequel Are Finished and Fantastic Teases Producer". MovieWeb. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (12 October 2017). "'Carnival Row': Alice Krige & Jared Harris Set To Recur on Amazon's Fantasy Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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