Back to first grade for bookworm
IT’S hard to imagine that Naomie Harris, a stunning, confident actress who’s now in the running to play the next Bond girl, was once a self-confessed nerd. “I was always a nerd and a bookworm at school – I worked a bit too hard,” says Naomie, who stars in the new movie The First Grader. The work paid off though. At 34, Naomie sprang to fame in the 2002 TV adaptation of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, before being almost unrecognisable as a voodoo priestess in two Pirates Of The Caribbean films. Her latest role couldn’t be further from the highoctane, Martini-infused 007 films. In The First Grader, based on a true story about an 84-year-old Kenyan who decides to go back to school, Harris plays inspirational head teacher Jane Obinchu, alongside Oliver Litondo as Kimani Maruge. “It was a wonderful experience but definitely very challenging,” she says. “We live in an incredibly ageist society, it’s almost like you pass 35 and you’re over the hill, your life should be over. “It’s so nice to hear a story about someone who’s 84 and says, ’This is when my life begins and I have the possibility to learn how to read and write’. “At any age it’s possible to realise your dreams.”
EDUCATION: Naomie Harris and Oliver Litondo.