MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
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 most recently starred in the latest James Bond installment, SKYFALL, opposite Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem,
Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney. The Sam Mendes-directed film went on to gross over $1 billion
worldwide, becoming both the top grossing movie in UK box office history and the highest grossing film in Sony's
In 2011, Harris starred at The National Theater in London in Danny Boyle's production of FRANKENSTEIN opposite
Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. Harris also starred in THE FIRST GRADER, which won Audience
Awards at the Telluride, and Doha Film Festival and was runner up at the Toronto Film Festival. Harris played
'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 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 & ROLL with Andy
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.
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