Alice Maud Krige (/ˈkrɡə/; born 28 June 1954) is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon in the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. Since then, she has played a variety of roles in a number of genres.

Krige first played the role of the Borg Queen in the motion picture Star Trek: First Contact and reprised the role for the final episode of the television series Star Trek: Voyager. A year after the series ended, she reprised the role in "Borg Invasion 4-D" at Star Trek: The Experience.

Early life[edit]Edit

Krige was born in UpingtonCape Province, Union of South Africa, the daughter of Pat, a psychologist, and Louis Krige, a physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth where Alice grew up in what she describes as a "very happy family", with two brothers, both of whom became physicians. She left for London, England, in 1976, with plans to become a clinical psychologist, but turned to acting after an experience in an acting class at Rhodes University. She then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.


Krige made her professional debut on British television in 1979, and appeared 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'sArms and the Man. This early theatrical success allowed her to also work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Krige played Bathsheba in King David (1985) and Mary Shelley in Haunted Summer (1988). She appeared on stage in plays such as Thomas Otway's Venice Preserv'd. She appeared in what she called "tons of TV" in both the United States and the United Kingdom, including made for television movies from Baja Oklahoma (1988) and Ladykiller (1992), to mini-series such as Ellis Island (1984) and Scarlet and Black (1993). She also performed in several horror films, including Ghost StorySleepwalkersStay Alive, and Silent Hill.

In Star Trek: First Contact, she 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. Krige returned to this character in the Star Trek game Star Trek: Armada II and in the Star Trek: Voyager series finale "Endgame" in 2001.

Her science fiction career has also expanded into television, with prominent roles in miniseries adaptations of Dinotopia and Frank Herbert's Children of Dune.

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

In 2008, she had a leading role as Sannie Laing, Sandra's mother, in Skin, the biopic about Sandra Laing, who was classified "Coloured" by the South African authorities during Apartheid, although her parents were white.

In 2011, Krige was a major supporting character throughout the BBCs final season (Series 10) of Spooks, playing Russian double agent Elena Gavrik. Krige also featured in the final season of BBC drama Waking the Dead, in 2011.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Krige is married to the writer and director Paul Schoolman.


Title Year Special Notes Character
BBC: Play for Today 1979 TV series ??
A Tale of Two Cities 1980 TV Lucie Manette
Chariots of Fire 1981 Sybil Gordon
Ghost Story 1981 Eva Galli/Alma Mobley
The Professionals 1982 TV series Diana Molner
Ellis Island 1984 (mini) TV series Bridget O'Donnell
Wallenberg: A Hero's Story 1985 TV Baroness Lisl Kemeny
King David 1985 Bathsheba
Murder, She Wrote 1985 TV series Nita Cochran
Dream West 1986 (mini) TV series Jessie Benton Fremont
Second Serve 1986 TV Gwen
Barfly 1987 Tully Sorenson
Spies Inc. 1988 Isabelle
Baja Oklahoma 1988 TV Patsy Cline
Haunted Summer 1988 Mary Godwin
See You in the Morning 1989 Beth Goodwin
Max and Helen 1990 TV Helen Weiss
The Strauss Dynasty 1991 (mini) TV series Olga
Amérique en otage, L 1991 TV Parveneh Limbert
The Hidden Room 1991 TV series Jennifer
Sleepwalkers 1992 Mary Brady

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1992 TV May Packard
Beverly Hills, 90210 1992 TV series Anne Berrisford
Judgment Day: The John List Story 1993 TV Jean Syfert
Double Deception 1993 TV Pamela Sparrow
Scarlet and Black 1993 (mini) BBC TV series Madame de Renal
Jack Reed: Badge of Honor 1993 TV Joan Anatole
Sea Beggars 1994 Wife
Sharpe's Honour 1994 TV La Marquesa
Devil's Advocate 1995 TV Alessandra Locatelli
Joseph 1995 TV Rachel
Institute Benjamenta 1995 Lisa Benjamenta
Donor Unknown 1995 TV Alice Stillman
Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Borg Queen
Hidden in America 1996 TV Dee
Amanda 1996 Audrey Farnsworth
Habitat 1997 Clarissa Symes
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs 1997 Zephyr Eccles
Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan 1997 TV Rebecca Daly
The Commissioner 1998 Isabelle Morton
Close Relations 1998 (mini) TV series Louise
Welome to Paradox 1998 TV series Aura Mendoza
Deep in My Heart 1999 TV Annalise Jurgenson
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien 1999 Mother Marianne Cope
In the Company of Spies 1999 TV Sarah Gold
Becker 1999 TV series Sondra Rush
The Little Vampire 2000 Freda Sackville-Bagg
The Calling 2000 Elizabeth Plummer
Attila 2001 TV Placidia
Superstition 2001 Mirella Cenci
Vallen 2001 Monique
Star Trek: Armada II 2001 VG (voice) Borg Queen
Star Trek: Voyager 2001 TV series Borg Queen
Dinotopia 2002 (mini) TV series Rosemary Waldo
Six Feet Under 2002 TV Alma
Reign of Fire 2002 Karen Abercromby
The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton 2003 TV Snubby Eaton
Frank Herbert's Children of Dune 2003 (mini) TV series Lady Jessica
Threat Matrix 2003–2004 TV series Senator Lilly Randolph
The Mystery of Natalie Wood 2004 TV Maria Gurdin
Star Trek: The Experience - Borg Invasion 4D 2004 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas Borg Queen
Shadow of Fear 2004 Margie Henderson
Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure 2005 TV Joan Collins
Deadwood 2004 TV series Maddie (2005)
Silent Hill 2006 Christabella
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 TV series Gillian Booth
Stay Alive 2006 The Author
The Line of Beauty 2006 TV Rachel Fedden
The 4400 2006 TV series Sarah Rutledge
Lonely Hearts 2006 Janet Fay
The Contract 2006 Miles
Ten Inch Hero 2007 Zo
Persuasion 2007 Lady Russell
Heroes and Villains: Napoleon 2007 TV Letizia Ramolino
Solomon Kane 2008 Katherine Crowthorn
Midsomer Murders 2009 TV series Jenny Frazer
Skin 2009 Sannie Laing
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010 Morgana
Waking the Dead 2011 TV Karen Harding
Will 2011 Film Sister Carmel
Page Eight 2011 TV Film Emma Baron
Spooks 2011 TV Elena Gavrik
StringCaesar 2012 Producer Pirate captain
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