Sep. 6th, 1976
London, England, UK
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Harris was born and raised in London, England, the daughter of sitcom writer Lisselle Kayla, a single mother who had emigrated to England from Jamaica as a child.After graduating in 1998 from Pembroke College, Cambridge with an undergraduate degree in social and political science, Harris trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
She had a very difficult time as a student at Cambridge. "When I went to Cambridge University, Mum said I wouldn't fit in and she was right," she explains. "I hated it. The people there were so different to me. They talked about Eton and skiing and here I was, this black girl from Finsbury Park. I just felt so lonely. There was only one other black person in my year; I was very unhappy and cried every day."
Harris is a Buddhist.
Harris has appeared in television and film since she was nine, including a stint on the remake of the science fiction series The Tomorrow People. She became internationally well-known in 2002 with her lead performance in Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later, opposite Cillian Murphy. In the same year, she starred in the television adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth.
Since then, Harris has been cast in supporting roles in big budget films, such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and Michael Mann's Miami Vice. She also did a comic turn in Michael Winterbottom's well-regarded indie ensemble piece, A Cock and Bull Story, and appeared with Josh Hartnett in the 2008 release of August. She starred in Channel 4's adaptation of the novel Poppy Shakespeare which was first shown on 31 March 2008. She also appeared in BBC's historical drama Small Island in December 2009.
2004: Won Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance in 28 Days Later (2002)
2007: Nominated for Rising Star Award at the BAFTAs
2007: Screen Nation Film and TV Award for Best Female Film Performance.
2007: Ansbacher Rising Star Tribute - Bahamas International Film Festival
Crust (2001), Receptionist
Living In Hope (2002), Ginny
Anansi (2002), Carla
28 Days Later (2002), Selena
Trauma (2004), Elisa
After the Sunset (2004), Sophie
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Tia Dalma
Miami Vice (2006), Det. Trudy Joplin
A Cock and Bull Story (2006), Jennie
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Tia Dalma/Calypso
Street Kings (2008), Linda Washington
August (2008), Sarah
Morris: A Life with Bells On (2009), Sonja
Ninja Assassin (2009), Mika Coretti
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2009), Denise
My last 5 Girlfriends (2009), Gemma
Simon and the Witch (1987–1988), Joyce
Erasmus Microman (1989, 1 episode), Millie
Runaway Bay (1992–1993), Shuku
The Tomorrow People (1994–1995), Ami Jackson
Trial & Retribution V (2002, miniseries), Tara Gray (part 2)
White Teeth (2002, miniseries), Clara
The Project (2002, miniseries), Maggie Dunn
Dinotopia (2002–2003), Romana
Poppy Shakespeare (2008), Poppy Shakespeare
Small Island (2009), Hortense Roberts
Blood and Oil (2009), Alice Omuka
Fable III (2010), Page
- Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
- To date, she is best known to American audiences for her role as Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
- Mother is 'Lisselle Kayla' (qv), who came to England from Jamaica at the age of five.