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SO Who Knew? - Live and Let Naomie

Style Observer

Sunday, October 21, 2012    

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Surprises (and Rockconnected links) are around every corner. British actress Naomie Harris, who landed a plum role as Agent Eve in the next James Bond action caper Skyfall, has Jamaican blood coursing through her veins.

The 36-year-old Cambridge University alum's sitcom writer mum Lisselle Kayla emigrated to the United Kingdom from the island and gave birth to her celebrity daughter when she was 18. Harris first attracted attention in her native England with her role in Channel 4's 2002 television adaptation of Zaidie Smith's acclaimed bestseller White Teeth.

Her international breakthrough came the same year with director Danny Boyle's apocalyptic zombie hit horror film 28 Days Later. Hollywood then came calling. The talented actress would subsequently land supporting roles in big-budget films Pirates of the Caribbean and Miami Vice, starring alongside such in-demand faces as Johnny Depp, Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell.

As Bond fans speculate exactly how Harris's Eve will factor into the superspy's new adventure, the actress is fond of her Caribbean heritage. Visiting The Rock three years ago to film scenes for Small Island — the BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy's novel which recounts the journey of Jamaican immigrants to England — Harris flew her mother, stepfather and two siblings to the island to vacation at Sandals Whitehouse in Westmoreland.

“Jamaica tends to get a bad press as there are often reports of violence. You may not want to linger in the capital Kingston, but outside the city I found the island delightful, with the local people very kind and friendly,” she told the Daily Mail.

Harris added: “When I was little, my mother and I used to have a Jamaican holiday every year. But it was so long ago that I had no particular memories of places. What I did remember, though, were the smells and tastes of the island.”

Jolly good for you, Ms Harris.

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