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Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris 2014.jpg
Harris in 2014
Naomie Melanie Harris

(1976-09-06) 6 September 1976 (age 45)
London, England
Alma mater
Years active1987–present
Partner(s)Peter Legler (2012–present)
AwardsFull list

Naomie Melanie Harris OBE (born 6 September 1976) is an English actress. She started her career as 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 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.

Early life and education

Naomie Harris was born on 6 September 1976 in Islington, London, where she was raised. Her mother, Carmen Harris, sometimes credited as Lisselle Kayla,[1][2] 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.[3][4] They separated before Harris was born, and she was raised by her mother. Harris grew up in a council flat in Finsbury Park.[5] Her mother later remarried and Harris has two younger half-siblings.[6] Her mother worked as a screenwriter on EastEnders and works as a healer.[6]

She attended St Marylebone School in London.[7] Harris attended the Anna Scher Theatre where she studied acting as a child[8][9] 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.[10][11][12]


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.[13] 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.[14] In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth.[15][16] 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.[14] She did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom's indie ensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story (2005).[17] 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.[18][19]

Harris at the 2007 BAFTA gala
Harris at the 2007 BAFTA gala

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.[20] 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.[21]

Harris co-starred in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall (2012), playing Miss Moneypenny.[6] She is the first black actress to play Moneypenny, and is the first Moneypenny to be given a first name.[22] Harris reprised her role as Moneypenny in the 24th Bond film, Spectre, which was released on 26 October 2015.[23]

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.[24][25] 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".[26][27]

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.[28]

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.

Personal life

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.[29] As a teenager, Harris also suffered from adenomyosis.[30]

Harris has not married and has no children; she has stated that she isn't interested in being a mother. [31][32][33] Since 2012, Harris has been in a relationship with Peter Legler.[34][35]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes work that has not yet been released.


Harris at the Australian premiere of Skyfall at the State Theatre in 2012
Harris at the Australian premiere of Skyfall at the State Theatre in 2012
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Crust Receptionist
2002 Living In Hope Ginny
2002 Anansi Carl

365 Days

2002 28 Days Later Selena Won — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance
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 Nominated:
2016 Collateral Beauty Madeleine Inlet
2018 Rampage Dr. Kate Caldwell
2018 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Nisha Motion-capture and voice
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 Films that have not yet been released Poppy Post-production


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
2020 The Third Day Helen Main role
TBA The Man Who Fell to Earth Justin Falls Main role, upcoming series

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Fable III Page Voice
2012 007 Legends Eve Moneypenny Voice


Year Title Role
2000 The Witch of Edmonton Susan Carter
2011 Frankenstein Elizabeth Lavenza

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.[5] 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.[36]


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Samantha Bond
Miss Moneypenny
(in Eon James Bond films)
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