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Noma Dumezweni

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Noma Dumezweni
Noma Dumezweni in a 2018 Tony Awards video
Born (1969-07-28) 28 July 1969 (age 51)
Years active2001–present

Noma Dumezweni (born 28 July 1969)[1] is a British actress. In 2006, she won an Olivier Award for her role in A Raisin in the Sun.[2] She starred as Hermione Granger in the original West End and Broadway runs of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which garnered her a second Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award nomination.

Personal life

Born in Swaziland, of South African parents, Dumezweni lived in Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. She arrived in England as a refugee on 17 May 1977 with her sister and mother.[3] She first lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where she was educated,[2] before moving to London. She has a daughter, Qeiva, born in 2007.[citation needed]


Dumezweni's work in theatre includes: President of an Empty Room and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other[4] at the National Theatre, London;[5] Breakfast with Mugabe,[6] Antony and Cleopatra[7] and Much Ado About Nothing[8] for the RSC; A Raisin in the Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith, London[9] (for which she won her Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role[10]); A Midsummer Night's Dream,[11] The Master and Margarita,[12] Nathan the Wise[13] and The Coffee House at Chichester Festival Theatre, Six Characters in Search of an Author in the Chichester Festival production at the Gielgud Theatre[14][15] and The Bogus Woman[16] at the Traverse and the Bush. In spring of 2009 she appeared in the RSC's The Winter's Tale.[17][18][19] In 2013–2014, she appeared in A Human Being Died That Night at the Fugard Theater in Cape Town, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, which later transferred to the Hampstead Theatre in London.[20]

She starred in Linda at London's Royal Court Theatre in November 2015, stepping into the role vacated by Kim Cattrall with a few days notice before press night. Awarding the production five stars, the Daily Telegraph's Chief Theatre Critic Dominic Cavendish wrote: "If they can bottle and mass-produce whatever it is that Noma Dumezweni has got then, please, I want to order a life-time’s supply."[21]

In December 2015, it was announced that Dumezweni had been cast as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.[22] On the announcement, theatre critic Kate Maltby described her as "an actress who consistently engages and enthrals."[23] The casting of the black Dumezweni as Hermione sparked fervent discussion, to which J. K. Rowling responded that Hermione's skin was never specified as white.[24][25] Because of her role she was listed as one of BBC's 100 women during 2018.[26] Dumezweni reprised her role on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre in 2018.[27]


Year Title Format Role Notes
2001 Macbeth TV film Witch
2002 Dirty Pretty Things Film Celia
2003 Holby City TV series Hannah Keelan Episode: "The One You Love: Part 2"
2005 Silent Witness TV series DS Erin Jacobs Episode: "Ghosts"
The Bill TV series Building Society Manager Episode: "403"
2006 Mysterious Creatures TV film Chanelle Pinkerton
Holby City TV series Hesta Mukaka Episode: "Fly Me to the Moon"
After Thomas TV film Paula Murray
2007 Shameless TV series Mrs. Newman Episode: "4.5"
The Grey Man TV film Sergeant
Fallen Angel TV series Carla Episode: "The Four Last Things"
New Tricks TV series Sophie Oyekambi Episode: "Casualty"
EastEnders TV series D.C. Wright Episode: "17 August 2007"
2008 The Last Enemy TV series Valerie Episode: "1.1"
The Colour of Magic TV film Marchessa
Fallout TV film Joyce Abena
The Escort Short film Mrs. Williams
2008–2009 Doctor Who TV series Captain Erisa Magambo 2 episodes
2012 Casualty TV series Marsha Chilcot 2 episodes
Teeth Short film Mrs. Taylor
Magpie Sings the Blues Short film Dr. Marcia Hammond
2013 Frankie TV series Angie Rascoe 6 episodes
2015 Midsomer Murders TV series Ailsa Probert Episode: "Murder by Magic"
Capital TV series Greaves 2 episodes
Casualty TV series Susan Blossom Episode: "Maybe This Year"
Noma: Forgiving Apartheid Documentary Noma Dumezweni
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams TV series Senior Agent Okhile Episode: "The Hood Maker"
2018 Black Earth Rising TV series Alice Munezero
Mary Poppins Returns Film Miss Penny Farthing
2019 The Kid Who Would Be King Film Mrs. Lee
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Film Edith Sikelo
2020 Made for Love TV series Fiffany Main cast
Normal People TV series Gillian 1 episode


In radio, she has appeared in Jambula Tree, Seven Wonders of the Divided World, From Fact to Fiction,[28] From Freedom to the Future, Handprint,[29] Jane's Story,[30] Sagila, Shylock,[31] The Farming of Bones,[32] The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,[33][34] The Seven Ages of Car, The Bogus Woman[35] and Breakfast with Mugabe.[36]


She voiced the young adult adventure series Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley which are set in an imaginary world loosely resembling Victorian South Africa.


  1. ^ Hoggard, Liz (20 December 2015). "Noma Dumezweni: 'I'm starting to believe in the universe right now'". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Fierberg, Ruthie (21 December 2015). "7 Things You Need to Know About London's Newly Announced Hermione Granger". Playbill. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  3. ^ Olivier Awards ceremony 2017
  4. ^ National Theatre : Productions : The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Hepple, Peter (1 July 2005). "Reviews: President of an Empty Room". The Stage. Archived from the original on 9 January 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  6. ^ Billington, Michael (15 April 2006). "Breakfast With Mugabe". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  7. ^ Whitehouse, Ben. "Coventry and Warwickshire Stage – Tragedy and humour meet head on at RST". BBC. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  8. ^ Royal Shakespeare Company : Archived releases Archived 2 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Lyric Hammersmith | A Raisin in the Sun Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Olivier Awards 2006". Laurence Olivier Awards. 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  11. ^ Sell, Michael (1 June 2004). "Reviews: A Midsummer Night's Dream". The Stage. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  12. ^ Sell, Michael (2 August 2004). "Reviews: The Master and Margarita". The Stage. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  13. ^ Gilchrist, Stephen (2 May 2003). "Nathan the Wise (Chichester)". What's On Stage. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  14. ^ Fisher, Philip (2008). "Review of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Chichester Festival production". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  15. ^ Taylor, Paul (19 September 2008). "Review of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Gielgud Theatre, London". The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  16. ^ Spencer, Charles (13 February 2001). "Out of Africa, into a refugee's nightmare". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  17. ^ Billington, Michael (9 April 2009). "Winter's Tale Courtyard Stratford Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  18. ^ "The Winter's Tale, 2009 David Farr Production". Royal Shakespeare Company. April 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  19. ^ David, Peta (14 April 2009). "Reviews: "A Winter's Tale"". The Stage. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014.
  20. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (6 June 2014). "A Bit of South Africa's Ugly Past Comes to the Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  21. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (2 December 2015). "Linda, Royal Court, review: 'funny, touching, deeply uncomfortable-making'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  22. ^ Tan, Monica (21 December 2015). "Noma Dumezweni cast as Hermione in new Harry Potter stage play". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  23. ^ "There's nothing confusing about a black actress playing Hermione Granger - Spectator Blogs". Spectator Blogs. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  24. ^ Maltby, Kate. "There's nothing confusing about a black actress playing Hermione Granger – Spectator Blogs". Spectator Blogs. Retrieved 23 December 2015. JK Rowling tweeted this morning that she'd never specified Hermione's skin colour in the books.
  25. ^ J. K. Rowling [@jk_rowling] (21 December 2015). "Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 20 January 2016 – via Twitter.
  26. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2018: Who is on the list?". BBC News. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  27. ^ McPhee, Ryan (2 August 2017). "Original Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Trio to Reunite on Broadway; Additional Casting Announced | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  28. ^ "From Fact to Fiction, Series 2, Episode 1". BBC. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  29. ^ "Drama on 3: Handprint". BBC Radio 3. 26 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  30. ^ "Jane's Story". RadioListings. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  31. ^ "Drama on 3: Shylock". BBC Radio 3. 5 March 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  32. ^ "The Farming of Bones". BBC Radio 4. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  33. ^ "Afternoon Drama: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Series 4, A Very Rude Woman". BBC Radio 4. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  34. ^ "Afternoon Drama: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Series 4, Talking Shoes". BBC Radio 4. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  35. ^ "The Bogus Woman". RadioListings. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  36. ^ "Drama on 3: Breakfast With Mugabe". BBC Radio 3. 4 June 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

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