Naomie Melanie Harris[1] (born 6 September 1976)[1] is a British actress. She played Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond film, Skyfall, The Voodoo Witch Tia Dalma/Calypso in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.


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Early life[edit]Edit

Naomie Harris was born 6 September 1976. She was brought up in London where she attended St Marylebone School and graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridgein 1998 with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. Her mother, Lisselle Kayla, is originally from Jamaica, and her father is from Trinidad. They separated before she was born, and she was raised by her mother. Her mother worked as a screenwriter on EastEnders and is now a healer.[2] Harris gained her training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Harris has appeared in television and film since she was nine, including a starring role on the remake of the science fiction series The Tomorrow People.[3] In November 2002, she starred in Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later.[1] In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth.[1]

Since then, Harris appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestPirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Michael Mann's Miami Vice.[1] She also did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom's indieensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story.

She starred in Channel 4's adaptation of the novel Poppy Shakespeare, which was first shown on 31 March 2008. She also appeared in BBC's historical drama Small Island in December 2009.[4][5]

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.[6] She plays the lead role in The First Grader, directed byJustin Chadwick, which premiered on 18 May 2011 in the Seattle International Film Festival.[7]

Harris co-starred in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, playing Eve Moneypenny.[2] She is the first black actress to play Moneypenny.[8] In 2012, Harris was the voice-over for the Boss Nuit Pour Femme advert starring actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Harris portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on the book of the same name, opposite actor Idris Elba.[9] The film was released on 29 November 2013. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on viewing the film told Harris that it seemed like she wasn't acting, but channeling her and that is was "the first time she felt truly captured on film.[10][11]



Year Title Role
2001 Crust Receptionist
2002 Living In Hope Ginny
2002 Anansi Carla
2002 28 Days Later Selena
2004 Trauma Elisa
2004 After the Sunset Sophie
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Tia Dalma
2006 Miami Vice Det. 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


Year Title Role Note
1987–1988 Simon and the Witch Joyce 1 episode
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
2002–2003 Dinotopia Romana 2 episodes
2008 Poppy Shakespeare Poppy Shakespeare
2009 Small Island Hortense Roberts
2009 Blood and Oil Alice Omuka
2010 Accused Alison Wade 1 episode

Video games[edit]Edit

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


Year Title Role
2011 Frankenstein Elizabeth Lavenza

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Golden Nymph Best Performance by an Actress[12] White Teeth Nominated
2004 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance[12] 28 Days Later Won
2007 BAFTA Awards Rising Star[12] Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries[12] Small Island Nominated
2010 RTS Television Award Best Actress[12] Small Island Won
2011 Glamour Awards Theatre Actress of the Year[12] Frankenstein Won
2012 Black Reel Awards Best Actress[12] The First Grader Nominated
2013 Essence Awards Shining Star Award[12] Skyfall Won
2013 The Hollywood Reporter Awards Breakthrough in Film Award[12] Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Won
2013 Harpers Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards British Actress[12] Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Won
2013 Elle Woman in Hollywood Award Woman of the Year[12] Won
2013 Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival Best Supporting Actress[12] Won
2014 London Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress[12] Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nominated
2014 London Film Critics Circle Awards British Actress of the Year[12] Nominated
2014 NAACP Awards Best Supporting Actress[12] Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nominated
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