Naomie Melanie Harris is an English actress. She started her career as a child actress, appearing in the television series Simon and the Witch in 1987. She portrayed the voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. She garnered attention for her performance as Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.
In 2016, she starred in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, a performance which earned her several accolades, including Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Harris was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to drama.
Harris was born on 6 September 1976 in Islington, London, where she was raised. Harris\' mother, Lisselle Kayla, emigrated from Jamaica to London as a child with her parents, and her father, a fashion designer, emigrated from Trinidad. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She grew up in humble beginnings, in a council flat in Finsbury Park. Her mother later remarried and Harris has two younger half-siblings. Her mother worked as a screenwriter on EastEnders and is now a healer. Harris attended St Marylebone School in London, before attending Woodhouse College as a 6th form student. She graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1998 with a degree in social and political sciences. Harris gained her training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.