Thursday, March 31, 2016

British actress Naomie Harris

If you've seen the two most recent (as of this writing) James Bond movies, Skyfall and Spectre, then you recognize Naomie Harris. She played Miss Moneypenny in both of those films.

The daughter of Caribbean immigrants to Great Britain, Ms. Harris is known in that country through roles on various television programs, but she's best known to moviegoers as the sorceress Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, as well as Selena in the apocalyptic virus film 28 Days Later.

One of her most prominent roles, however, was as Nelson Mandela's second wife Winnie in the 2013 biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Idris Elba in the title role. Winnie Mandela herself told Ms. Harris that she seemed to have channeled rather than played her, and Ms. Harris later said that Mrs. Mandela thought the performance marked  "the first time she felt truly captured on film."

High praise, indeed.

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