Naomie Melanie Harris was born on the 6th September 1976, in London, England, and is an award-winning film, television, and stage actress, but probably best known for her roles as Tia Dalma in the second and third movies in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007), and as Miss Moneypenny in the last two installments of James Bond movies, “Skyfall” (2012) and “Spectre” (2015).
Have you ever wondered how rich Naomie Harris is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Harris’s net worth is as high as $4 million, earned through her successful career in acting which now spans almost 30 years.
Naomie Harris Net Worth $4 Millionv
Naomie Harris is the only child of Lissele Kayla, who is Jamaican, and a Trinidadian father. Since her parents separated before her birth, Harris never formed a relationship with her father. When she was eleven, her mother remarried to a chef from France, with whom she had two children, so Naomie is twenty years older than her half-siblings. The mother and daughter remain very close, and Harris even lives in the vicinity of her mother in London. Harris earned a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1998, before going on to train as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. By then, she already had significant experience on the small screen, having appeared in her first television show when she was eleven, playing Joyce in the fantasy series “Simon and the Witch” (1987-1988), an adaptation of the popular children’s book of the same name. She guest-starred in two other television shows before taking a break to attend college: “Runaway Bay” (1992-1993), and “The Tomorrow People” (1992-1995), but establishing her net worth.
Harris’s breakthrough role came in 2002, when Danny Boyle cast her in his post-apocalyptic horror film “28 Days Later”, in which she appeared along with Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, and Christopher Eccleston. Her next big break happened in 2006, when she secured the part of voodoo priestess Tia Dalma in Disney’s blockbuster franchise, appearing in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and reprising the role in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007). In 2012, she became a part of another big film franchise, playing the secretary Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond movie “Skyfall” alongside Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, and Ralph Fiennes; she was the first black actress to be cast in this role, as well as the first one to be given a first name. Naomie is also one of three actresses who appeared in two films which made more than $1 billion at the box office, which helped increase her net worth significantly.
Recently, Harris appeared in several critically acclaimed films, playing Winnie Mandela with great success in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (2013), as well as Paula in “Moonlight” (2016), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, having already won several significant awards for this role, including Critics’ Choice Award and Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2011, she appeared in the stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, in which she was once again directed by Danny Boyle.
Harris continues to act, with two film releases scheduled for 2018, the first being the action adventure “Rampage” with Dwayne Johnson, and the other being an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book”, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, and Cate Blanchett.
Most recently, in the 2017 New Year Honours list, Naomie Harris was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama.
Regarding her personal life, since 2012, she has been in a relationship with Peter Legler. Harris is a teetotaler, and never smokes or drinks coffee. She once stated that she enjoys spending periods of time in a flotation tank, and experiencing sensory deprivation. She became a vegetarian after watching the documentary film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” (2014).
Replaced Lupita Nyong'o in the role of Angela Rivera in Southpaw (2015) after Nyong'o backed out of the project.
She is the first black actress to play Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond series. Harris's interpretation of Moneypenny is also significantly expanded from the character's secretarial roots; in Skyfall (2012) she is introduced as a full-fledged MI6 field agent and an agile sidekick to Bond.
Her mother is Lisselle Kayla, who came to England from Jamaica at the age of five. Her father is from Trinidad.
[on Danny Boyle]: He's the reason, really, that I have the career that I've had because he took a risk on me and gave me Selena in "28 Days Later." [He] really started my career for me, I'm very grateful to Danny Boyle.
It's business first and foremost in the US, and you're a commodity. But I love their can-do mentality. They enjoy success and all the doors are open, no matter what you look like or where you're from. It's a big, hungry machine that constantly needs new talent to feed it, so everyone gets a chance. I'm sure my career would have petered out if I'd stayed in Britain; there's just not enough work here. On the other hand, I love coming back and being normal.
Film is such a male-dominated industry. There's a lot of "who you know" in terms of how you get promoted. The whole way the business is constructed [means there are ] just men at every level, which makes it really hard for women to get their feet in the door. Also, the way of working makes it very difficult for women to succeed in the business. It must be incredibly hard if you have children to navigate the hours.
I haven't been directed by a woman. I'd love to be; it would make a big difference. Often as an actress you can feel very alienated, especially if you are playing the female lead in a male-dominated cast and environment. It's very hard to feel relaxed, to feel able to express yourself and to feel that you will be heard in that kind of environment.
Everything starts in the writing, and getting more and more women's perspective in the writing will have a huge impact on the quality of films we get. At the moment, we don't really see women as we see ourselves and as we really are because it's only men writing for us. I've read a lot of scripts where I've thought: "No women would ever say that! No woman would ever behave like that!" Women are put into these categories of bitch, mother or sex symbol. If we had more women writing we would have a more realistic representation of what it's like to be a woman.