As a critically acclaimed actress in film, television, and theatre, NAOMIE HARRIS (Winnie Mandela) is making a name for herself with each of her luminous performances. Harris stars in the James Bond installment Skyfall opposite Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney. Sam Mendes directs the film released by Sony Pictures.
Harris recently starred at The National Theater in London in Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein opposite Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. In the Justin Chadwick-helmed The First Grader, Harris plays 'Jane,' a first grade teacher in Kenya who fights for the right of an 84 year-old man to be educated - even if it means learning in a classroom with six-year-olds. The film went on to garner a number of international Festival awards including the Audience Award at the Telluride Festival, and Doha Film Festival and was runner up at the Toronto Film Festival.
The London-born actress had her first major breakthrough performance in 2002 with Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later and went on to receive further international recognition and critical acclaim for her role as 'Tia Dalma' in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Other major feature film credits include Michael Mann's Miami Vice, Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story; Street Kings; with Keanu Reeves and Forrest Whittaker; and Sex & Drugs & Rock and Roll with Andy Serkis.
On television, Harris starred in the BBC's Small Island and Blood and Oil, and in the UK's popular television adaptation of Zadie Smith's bestselling novel White Teeth, as well as the adaptation of the novel Poppy Shakespeare, and Peter Kosminsky's The Project.
Harris has won various awards, beginning in 2003 with Best Actress at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. In 2007, she won the Rising Star Tribute Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival as well as Best Actress at the Screen Nation Awards (which she won again in 2009). That same year, she was nominated for a BAFTA Orange Rising Star. More recently, she was awarded Best Actress at The Royal Television Society Awards in 2010.
Harris graduated with honours from Cambridge University with a degree in social and political science then trained at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.