Naomi Ackie
Born (1992-08-22) 22 August 1992 (age 29)
EducationRoyal Central School of Speech and Drama (BA)
OccupationActress
Years active2015–present

Naomi Ackie (born 22 August 1992)[1] is an English actress. In 2015 she made her television debut as Jen in the Doctor Who episode "Face the Raven". For her role as Bonnie on the television dark comedy-drama series The End of the F***ing World she received the 2020 British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is also known for her role as Jannah in the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). In 2021, she had a main role on the third season of Master of None. She portrays American singer Whitney Houston in the biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022), set to be released in late 2022.

Early life

Naomi Ackie was born and raised in Walthamstow, London,[2] the daughter of second-generation immigrants from Grenada.[3] Her father was a Transport for London employee and her mother worked for the National Health Service.[2] She is one of three children and has an older brother and sister.[2] She went to Walthamstow School for Girls.

Her first role was at the age of 11, playing the angel Gabriel in a school nativity play.[3]

She studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 2014. [2][4]

Career

Ackie's breakthrough film role was in Lady Macbeth (2016),[5] for which she won the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2017.[6] She subsequently appeared in the films Yardie (2018) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).[7][8] She also portrayed a main role in the second season of comedy series The End of the F***ing World.[9] She played a school inspector in Education, a drama film that is part of the anthology film series Small Axe.[10] Ackie will star in the biographical film I Wanna Dance with Somebody, portraying American singer Whitney Houston.[11]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2015 I Used to Be Famous Amber Short film
2016 Lady Macbeth Anna
2018 Yardie Mona
2019 The Corrupted Grace
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Jannah
2020 Education Hazel
2021 The Score Gloria
2022 I Wanna Dance with Somebody dagger Whitney Houston Post-production
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Television

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Doctor Who Jen 1 episode ("Face the Raven")
2016 The Five Gemma Morgan Miniseries (2 episodes)
Damilola, Our Loved Boy Council Worker Television film
2018 Vera Louise Everitt 1 episode ("Black Ice")
The Bisexual Ruby 5 episodes
2019 Cleaning Up Beth 2 episodes
The End of the F***ing World Bonnie Main role (season 2)
2021 Master of None Alicia Main role (season 3)

Stage

Year Title Role Venue Notes
2009 Success Lucy National Theatre, London with Islington Youth Theatre
2012 The Day the Waters Came Esther UK Tour with Theatre Centre
2013 The Snow Queen Gowrie Greenwich Theatre, London
Life Mould Rita Canada Water Library, London as part of "Write Lines Conference" by Theatre Centre
Missing Kevin Godsen Engineer Theatre, Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Billy the Girl Amber Soho Theatre, London
2015 The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Mama Unicorn Theatre, London
Walking the Tightrope Mercedes Theatre Delicatessen
Solace of the Road Grace Gibson Derby Theatre, Derby
Plunder Her Young Vic, London

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result
2017 Lady Macbeth British Independent Film Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Most Promising Newcomer Won
Evening Standard British Film Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
N/A Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2017 Actors Won
2020 The End of the F***ing World BAFTA TV Award Best Supporting Actress Won

References

  1. ^ "Naomi Ackie: 7 facts to know about the Star Wars actor". Global. PopBuzz. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Famurewa, Jimi (12 December 2019). "Meet Naomi Ackie: the breakthrough Star Wars newcomer". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hicklin, Aaron (5 December 2019). "'Star Wars' actress Naomi Ackie on her meteoric rise to fame". New York Post. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Stars of Tomorrow 2017: Naomi Ackie (actor)". Screen. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  5. ^ Jones, Ellen (26 April 2017). "Actor Naomi Ackie: "I love London's creative vibe"". Evening Standard. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Naomi Ackie Wins British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer | Roman Candle Productions". romancandleproductions.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  7. ^ Ruby, Jennifer (14 August 2017). "Naomi Ackie admits she tried not to 'freak out' when she auditioned for Idris Elba's directorial debut". Evening Standard. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  8. ^ Brown, Tracy (30 October 2019). "'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker': Meet Naomi Ackie, the new face of a more inclusive galaxy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  9. ^ Liebman, Lisa (15 November 2019). "Naomi Ackie on The End of the F***ing World, Eating Lipstick, and Joining Star Wars". Vulture. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  10. ^ Robey, Tim (13 December 2020). "Small Axe: Education, review: Steve McQueen ends his tremendous anthology by going back to school". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (15 December 2020). "Whitney Houston Biopic Finds Its Star in Naomi Ackie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 December 2020.

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