Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Naomie Harris's Travel Secrets

The Moonlighting Miss Moneypenny has grappled with Frankenstein's monster and walked with Mandela, but her secret talent is knowing the words to every song in The Sound of Music




Where have you just come back from?

Puglia. Friends of mine have a house between Bari and Brindisi, and luckily for me, they invite me to stay every year. I travel so much for work that I'm really reluctant to leave my home in London when I have time off. Pottering around my flat, having friends over for dinner and just being able to have a routine feels much more appealing than getting on yet another flight. The only way I take a holiday abroad is if friends drag me kicking and screaming. But then, when I'm there, I remember that travelling for work and for pleasure are completely different experiences, and I have an amazing time.

The place you felt happiest?

As a teenager, I was obsessed with Jane Austen novels and spent hours imagining I was one of her heroines. I mention this because once, on a flight to Northern Ireland for work, I struck up a conversation with the man next to me, and he invited me to his home for lunch with his wife. I think the best way of getting to know a new place is by befriending people who live there, so I took him up on his offer… but being a cautious Londoner I arrived with three friends in tow as security! My hosts turned out to be the Viscount and Viscountess of Brookeborough, and their home is the Colebrooke Estate, one of the most historic stately homes in the country. Alan and Janet, as I now know them, open their house to the public and I've had the privilege of staying on a few occasions. I wake up in a four-poster, to no sounds except the bleating of lambs, waft down the magnificent hallway following the smell of Janet's incredible cooking, and totally believe that I'm Elizabeth Bennet!Which is your favourite city, and why?
London. Hands down! For countless reasons… its historical charm, culture, ethnic diversity, architecture, elegance and sophistication. And the way London manages to be a thriving metropolis without being overwhelming, but still maintains peaceful pockets that make you feel as though you're in a village.

Which is your road most travelled?

I'm super close to my family, so close in fact that I live on the same street as them. So this is my road most travelled, as I trudge up and down to visit them for lunches and dinner, or claim back items of clothing and bits of equipment that my teenage brother and sister have a habit of 'borrowing' from my flat.

What do you pack first?

I am a terrible packer. I literally take everything. I'm always envious of people who can go on holiday with nothing but a carry-on - how is that even possible? I read a book on time management and one of its suggestions was if you travel a lot, buy double of everything you need and always keep a packed suitcase ready to go. I do that now and it does save time, but I still take just as much.




Any memories from childhood holidays?

When I was about nine, my aunt treated me and my cousins to a Butlin's holiday. It definitely wasn't luxurious but all you really need for a great holiday is good company, and as I was with my cousins I remember having a blast. We got to feel like adults as we were allowed to roam the camp by ourselves and stay up well past midnight. I remember crying my eyes out when we had to go home; it seemed like I was being booted out of paradise.

When was the first trip you took by yourself?

It was to Mexico, on a backpacking holiday. I remember my mum acting very cool about the whole thing; she almost seemed indifferent to me leaving. After I landed in Mexico, exhausted from the flight, I went straight to sleep in my hotel room - and was woken by the staff saying my mum was on the phone. The funny thing is that I hadn't given her any details, as I had no idea where I'd spend my first night. She had called almost every single cheap hotel in Mexico City until she found me.

Describe a holiday disaster

My friend Sekina and I were both in our 20s and getting over broken hearts. We decided that the best way to do that would be to jump on a flight to Cuba and have a fun holiday. We ended up in a cockroach-infested dive of a hotel. We ate the worst food, and spent most of our time starving as we ran out of money halfway through…

'I lost my heart in …..'

Ghana. I made my first-ever film, Anansi,  there and was blown away by the kindness of the locals. There's a Ghanaian saying that 'there's no such thing as a stranger; everyone is a brother or sister you haven't met before'44d such a magical time in Ghana.

Any favourite foreign phrase?

Amore - I love the feel of that word in my mouth, and how warm and endearing it is.

What's your guilty pleasure?

When I'm in LA for any length of time I take classes at S Factor. It's a women-only pole-dancing class done in the dark and I absolutely love it. It's the best upper-body work out ever! And I'm a terrible singer but I love that karaoke allows me to pretend I'm Whitney for the night.

What would you like to find in your mini-bar?

Water. I don't drink alcohol and I don't have a sweet tooth, so I'm not interested in the wine or gummy bears. I would even go so far as to say I have a love affair with water. Just a whiff and a sip, and I can tell you what brand I'm drinking blind-folded. I'm not sure how useful that skill is, but I'm proud of it nonetheless.
Naomie Harris was speaking to Francesca Babb. Her latest film, 'Moonlight', recently won the Oscar for Best Picture.


This feature was first published in Condé Nast Traveller November 2016

Monday, 27 February 2017

Naomie Harris displays her toned physique in a daring cropped dress at the Oscars with her mother Carmen on her arm

Naomie Harris displays her toned physique in a daring cropped dress... as she attends the star-studded 89th Academy Awards with her mother Carmen on her arm

She has revealed that she's planning to dance until the early hours regardless of the outcome in her Best Supporting Actress category.
And Naomie Harris' partner on the dance floor will be her plus one to the ceremony - her ‘hardcore’ mum Carmen.
The 40-year-old opted for a more modern and trendy white sequinned number - featuring a quirky cropped hem and saucy cut-out at her bust.
Gorgeous: The British stars of the acting world certainly did not disappoint in the style stakes on Sunday night as they arrived at the prestigious 89th Academy Awards, with Naomie Harris leading the way in white and yellow
Gorgeous: The British stars of the acting world certainly did not disappoint in the style stakes on Sunday night as they arrived at the prestigious 89th Academy Awards, with Naomie Harris leading the way in white and yellow
The Moonlight star truly dazzled in the glittering gown very typical of its designer Calvin Klein, which cut into a sweetheart strapless bra top to leave plenty of her gorgeous, glowing skin on show. 
Upping the sex appeal on her big night, the frock then split at the front into a separate crop top and skirt, which gave a subtle but sexy flash of her enviably toned abs and enhanced her famously statuesque figure for all to see.
Shaking up convention further, the figure-hugging gown then daringly cut off at knee length to reveal her legs beneath - instead extending into a bold long square skirt and train at the back only.
Proving her effortless and natural beauty, Harris swept her perfectly straightened hair back behind her shoulders to display her stunning features to all - which she accentuated with contrasting pink eye shadow and a glamorous slick of eyeliner.
Dazzling: The Moonlight star truly dazzled in the glittering gown very typical of its designer Calvin Klein, which cut into a sweetheart strapless bra top to leave plenty of her gorgeous, glowing skin on show
Dazzling: The Moonlight star truly dazzled in the glittering gown very typical of its designer Calvin Klein, which cut into a sweetheart strapless bra top to leave plenty of her gorgeous, glowing skin on show
Flawless: Proving her effortless and natural beauty, Harris swept her perfectly straightened hair back behind her shoulders to display her stunning features to all - which she accentuated with contrasting pink eye shadow and a glamorous slick of eyeliner
Flawless: Proving her effortless and natural beauty, Harris swept her perfectly straightened hair back behind her shoulders to display her stunning features to all - which she accentuated with contrasting pink eye shadow and a glamorous slick of eyeliner
Adding vibrant yellow heels encrusted with gems in a colourful finishing touch, the Skyfall star oozed glamour as she worked her best angles and flashed her winning smile at the cameras.
The dress is designed by Calvin Klein by Appointmen and Harrois said she was sent a sketch for the gown 'ages ago.'
She added that she had a fitting on Friday and had a few adjustments made.
'I'm so happy with it,' said the Oscar nominated star said. 
Sleek: Upping the sex appeal on her big night, the frock then split at the front into a separate crop top and skirt, which gave a subtle but sexy flash of her enviably toned abs and enhanced her famously statuesque figure for all to see
Sleek: Upping the sex appeal on her big night, the frock then split at the front into a separate crop top and skirt, which gave a subtle but sexy flash of her enviably toned abs and enhanced her famously statuesque figure for all to see
Recognised for her stunning performance as a drug-addict single mother in Moonlight, Harris said she and her mother planned to visit as many post-Academy Awards parties as possible and dance through until dawn.
‘Well, there are lots of parties and we tend to go to them all,’ said the teetotaller, who was awarded an OBE for services to drama by the Queen just last week.
‘I’m going to have a great Oscar night especially because my mum is like a hardcore partier.
‘The idea is to be out till around five o’clock in the morning.’
White dream:  Supporting Actress nominee Naomie Harris, 40, opted for a more modern and trendy white sequinned number - featuring a quirky cropped hem and saucy cut-out at her bust
White dream: Supporting Actress nominee Naomie Harris, 40, opted for a more modern and trendy white sequinned number - featuring a quirky cropped hem and saucy cut-out at her bust
Party in the back! Shaking up convention further, the figure-hugging gown then daringly cut off at knee length to reveal her legs beneath - instead extending into a bold long square skirt and train at the back only
Sensational: Proving her effortless and natural beauty, Naomie swept her perfectly straightened hair back behind her shoulders to display her stunning features to all
Party in the back! Shaking up convention further, the figure-hugging gown then daringly cut off at knee length to reveal her legs beneath - instead extending into a bold long square skirt and train at the back only
The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond 007 films, said she would be in bed by 10pm on Saturday to save her energy for the big night.
’The idea is to be rested for the Oscar ceremony and all that follows,’ she said.
She explained that her mother ‘likes to stay out later than me’.
‘I’ll be helping her go hardcore,’ said Harris.
Brit brigade: Harris, Dev Patel and Andrew Garfield lead the British nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, for their roles in Moonlight, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge
Brit brigade: Harris, Dev Patel and Andrew Garfield lead the British nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, for their roles in Moonlight, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge
Sweeping: The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond 007 films, said she would be in bed by 10pm on Saturday to save her energy for the big night
Sweeping: The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond 007 films, said she would be in bed by 10pm on Saturday to save her energy for the big night
‘She doesn’t go wild or anything like that. It’s more that she doesn’t stop.
‘She won’t give in until we’ve exhausted all the parties on our list.’
Harris was raised in a two-bedroom council flat in north London by Carmen, who worked in the Post Office to support them.
Her mum, now 58, later studied for a sociology degree and became a successful screenwriter.
To the top: Harris was raised in a two-bedroom council flat in north London by Carmen, who worked in the Post Office to support them
To the top: Harris was raised in a two-bedroom council flat in north London by Carmen, who worked in the Post Office to support them
Stunning: Recognised for her  performance as a drug-addict single mother in Moonlight, Harris said she and her mother planned to visit as many post-Academy Awards parties as possible and dance through until dawn
Stunning: Recognised for her performance as a drug-addict single mother in Moonlight, Harris said she and her mother planned to visit as many post-Academy Awards parties as possible and dance through until dawn
Moonlight has become one of the surprise hits of the awards season.
On Saturday the film won five trophies, including best picture, at the Film Independent Spirit Awards which took place in a mammoth marquee on the beach at Santa Monica.
The mother and daughter’s post-Oscar ceremony party circuit was due to include the official Governor’s Ball, which most guests attend - often to graze on the food and exotic beverages laid out after the three-hour ceremony.
The Harrises also planned a trip to the Vanity Fair after-party, and then the ultra-exclusive bash hosted by Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary.
Nominee: ‘Well, there are lots of parties and we tend to go to them all,’ said the teetotaller, who was awarded an OBE for services to drama by the Queen just last week
Nominee: ‘Well, there are lots of parties and we tend to go to them all,’ said the teetotaller, who was awarded an OBE for services to drama by the Queen just last week
Proud: Mahershala Ali was congratulated by his co-star Naomie for his win in the Supporting Actor category
Proud: Mahershala Ali was congratulated by his co-star Naomie for his win in the Supporting Actor category
Even Academy Award winners have been known to be turned away from Oseary’s party because their names weren’t on the list.
‘I’m told it’s tough to get in but we’re invited,’ Harris said.
She said her male co-stars had been boasting about their dancing skills, including Trevante Rhodes, the 27-year-old Louisiana-born actor who claims he is a wizard on the dance floor.
‘I’ll be changing out of my red carpet shoes and I’ll be putting on my flats and I’ll be putting Trevante to the test.
‘My mum will, too,’ the north-London based actress said.
Getaway: After all the Oscar festivities are over, Harris and her mum will fly to north Mexico for a well-earned holiday
Getaway: After all the Oscar festivities are over, Harris and her mum will fly to north Mexico for a well-earned holiday
After all the Oscar festivities are over, Harris and her mum will fly to north Mexico for a well-earned holiday. 
Harris, Dev Patel and Andrew Garfield lead the British nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, for their roles in Moonlight, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge.
ABC is broadcasting the prestigious awards show live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Nighttime talk show funnyman Jimmy Kimmel hosts Hollywood's glitziest ceremony this year with entertainers Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend and Sting performing during the night. 


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Naomie Harris stuns as she changes into an exquisite Grecian one-shoulder gown... while celebrating Moonlight's success at Vanity Fair's Oscar party

Naomie Harris stuns as she changes into an exquisite Grecian one-shoulder gown... while celebrating Moonlight's success at Vanity Fair's Oscar party

She lost out in the Best Supporting Actress category for her portrayal of a drug-addicted single mother in Moonlight.
But Naomi Harris still had reason to celebrate on Sunday night, as the groundbreaking low-budget film scooped three gongs at the 89th Academy Awards.
The stunning actress, 40, commemorated the triumph as she changed into an exquisite Grecian one-shoulder gown to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills.
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Chic: Naomi Harris, 40, changed into an exquisite Grecian one-shoulder gown to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills
Chic: Naomi Harris, 40, changed into an exquisite Grecian one-shoulder gown to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills
The brunette beauty stunned in the floor-sweeping number, which featured a romantic pleated skirt and cinched in her tiny waist thanks to clever tailoring. 
Letting the statement gown do all the talking, the former Bond girl accessorised with an opulent gold clutch.
Wearing her long dark hair swept back from her shoulders, she added a pair of dazzling drop earrings as she posed at the event, which was hosted by Graydon Carter, at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Naomie was no doubt pleased with the success of Barry Jenkins’s breakout film Moonlight on the night.
The film, which she shot in only three days, won Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role - scooped by her co-star Mahershala Ali - and Best Picture.
Stunning: The brunette beauty stunned in the floor-sweeping number, which featured a romantic pleated skirt and cinched in her tiny waist thanks to clever tailoring
Stunning: The brunette beauty stunned in the floor-sweeping number, which featured a romantic pleated skirt and cinched in her tiny waist thanks to clever tailoring
Gorgeous: The British stars of the acting world certainly did not disappoint in the style stakes on Sunday night as they arrived at the prestigious 89th Academy Awards, with Naomie Harris leading the way in white and yellow
Gorgeous: The British stars of the acting world certainly did not disappoint in the style stakes on Sunday night as they arrived at the prestigious 89th Academy Awards, with Naomie Harris leading the way in white and yellow
Meanwhile, Naomi was ever the sartorial maven opted for a more modern and trendy white sequinned number - featuring a quirky cropped hem and saucy cut-out at her bust at the awards themselves.
And she revealed that she's planning to dance until the early hours regardless of the outcome in her Best Supporting Actress category.
Naomie' partner on the dance floor was her plus one to the ceremony - her ‘hardcore’ mum Carmen.
Dazzling: The Moonlight star truly dazzled in the glittering gown very typical of its designer Calvin Klein, which cut into a sweetheart strapless bra top to leave plenty of her gorgeous, glowing skin on show
Dazzling: The Moonlight star truly dazzled in the glittering gown very typical of its designer Calvin Klein, which cut into a sweetheart strapless bra top to leave plenty of her gorgeous, glowing skin on show
Flawless: Proving her effortless and natural beauty, Harris swept her perfectly straightened hair back behind her shoulders to display her stunning features to all - which she accentuated with contrasting pink eye shadow and a glamorous slick of eyeliner
Flawless: Proving her effortless and natural beauty, Harris swept her perfectly straightened hair back behind her shoulders to display her stunning features to all - which she accentuated with contrasting pink eye shadow and a glamorous slick of eyeliner

The Moonlight star truly dazzled in the glittering gown very typical of its designer Calvin Klein, which cut into a sweetheart strapless bra top to leave plenty of her gorgeous, glowing skin on show. 
Upping the sex appeal on her big night, the frock then split at the front into a separate crop top and skirt, which gave a subtle but sexy flash of her enviably toned abs and enhanced her famously statuesque figure for all to see.  
Shaking up convention further, the figure-hugging gown then daringly cut off at knee length to reveal her legs beneath - instead extending into a bold long square skirt and train at the back only.
Proving her effortless and natural beauty, Harris swept her perfectly straightened hair back behind her shoulders to display her stunning features to all - which she accentuated with contrasting pink eye shadow and a glamorous slick of eyeliner.
Sleek: Upping the sex appeal on her big night, the frock then split at the front into a separate crop top and skirt, which gave a subtle but sexy flash of her enviably toned abs and enhanced her famously statuesque figure for all to see
Sleek: Upping the sex appeal on her big night, the frock then split at the front into a separate crop top and skirt, which gave a subtle but sexy flash of her enviably toned abs and enhanced her famously statuesque figure for all to see
The whole gang: She showcased the antics backstage as she got ready before the awards
The whole gang: She showcased the antics backstage as she got ready before the awards
A-list treatment: She tucked into a light meal as the hairdressers got to work 
A-list treatment: She tucked into a light meal as the hairdressers got to work 
Adding vibrant yellow heels encrusted with gems in a colourful finishing touch, the Skyfall star oozed glamour as she worked her best angles and flashed her winning smile at the cameras.
The dress is designed by Calvin Klein by Appointmen and Harrois said she was sent a sketch for the gown 'ages ago.'
She added that she had a fitting on Friday and had a few adjustments made.
'I'm so happy with it,' said the Oscar nominated star said. 
Recognised for her stunning performance as a drug-addict single mother in Moonlight, Harris said she and her mother planned to visit as many post-Academy Awards parties as possible and dance through until dawn. 
White dream:  Supporting Actress nominee Naomie Harris, 40, opted for a more modern and trendy white sequinned number - featuring a quirky cropped hem and saucy cut-out at her bust
White dream: Supporting Actress nominee Naomie Harris, 40, opted for a more modern and trendy white sequinned number - featuring a quirky cropped hem and saucy cut-out at her bust
Party in the back! Shaking up convention further, the figure-hugging gown then daringly cut off at knee length to reveal her legs beneath - instead extending into a bold long square skirt and train at the back only
Sensational: Proving her effortless and natural beauty, Naomie swept her perfectly straightened hair back behind her shoulders to display her stunning features to all
Party in the back! Shaking up convention further, the figure-hugging gown then daringly cut off at knee length to reveal her legs beneath - instead extending into a bold long square skirt and train at the back only
‘Well, there are lots of parties and we tend to go to them all,’ said the teetotaller, who was awarded an OBE for services to drama by the Queen just last week.
‘I’m going to have a great Oscar night especially because my mum is like a hardcore partier. The idea is to be out till around five o’clock in the morning.’
The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond 007 films, said she would be in bed by 10pm on Saturday to save her energy for the big night.
’The idea is to be rested for the Oscar ceremony and all that follows,’ she said.
She explained that her mother ‘likes to stay out later than me’.
‘I’ll be helping her go hardcore,’ said Harris.
Brit brigade: Harris, Dev Patel and Andrew Garfield lead the British nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, for their roles in Moonlight, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge
Brit brigade: Harris, Dev Patel and Andrew Garfield lead the British nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, for their roles in Moonlight, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge
Sweeping: The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond 007 films, said she would be in bed by 10pm on Saturday to save her energy for the big night
Sweeping: The actress, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond 007 films, said she would be in bed by 10pm on Saturday to save her energy for the big night
‘She doesn’t go wild or anything like that. It’s more that she doesn’t stop.
‘She won’t give in until we’ve exhausted all the parties on our list.’
Harris was raised in a two-bedroom council flat in north London by Carmen, who worked in the Post Office to support them.
Her mum, now 58, later studied for a sociology degree and became a successful screenwriter.
To the top: Harris was raised in a two-bedroom council flat in north London by Carmen, who worked in the Post Office to support them
To the top: Harris was raised in a two-bedroom council flat in north London by Carmen, who worked in the Post Office to support them
Stunning: Recognised for her  performance as a drug-addict single mother in Moonlight, Harris said she and her mother planned to visit as many post-Academy Awards parties as possible and dance through until dawn
Stunning: Recognised for her performance as a drug-addict single mother in Moonlight, Harris said she and her mother planned to visit as many post-Academy Awards parties as possible and dance through until dawn
Moonlight has become one of the surprise hits of the awards season.
On Saturday the film won five trophies, including best picture, at the Film Independent Spirit Awards which took place in a mammoth marquee on the beach at Santa Monica.
The mother and daughter’s post-Oscar ceremony party circuit was due to include the official Governor’s Ball, which most guests attend - often to graze on the food and exotic beverages laid out after the three-hour ceremony.
The Harrises also planned a trip to the Vanity Fair after-party, and then the ultra-exclusive bash hosted by Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary.
Nominee: ‘Well, there are lots of parties and we tend to go to them all,’ said the teetotaller, who was awarded an OBE for services to drama by the Queen just last week
Nominee: ‘Well, there are lots of parties and we tend to go to them all,’ said the teetotaller, who was awarded an OBE for services to drama by the Queen just last week
Proud: Mahershala Ali was congratulated by his co-star Naomie for his win in the Supporting Actor category
Proud: Mahershala Ali was congratulated by his co-star Naomie for his win in the Supporting Actor category
Even Academy Award winners have been known to be turned away from Oseary’s party because their names weren’t on the list.
‘I’m told it’s tough to get in but we’re invited,’ Harris said.
She said her male co-stars had been boasting about their dancing skills, including Trevante Rhodes, the 27-year-old Louisiana-born actor who claims he is a wizard on the dance floor.
‘I’ll be changing out of my red carpet shoes and I’ll be putting on my flats and I’ll be putting Trevante to the test.
‘My mum will, too,’ the north-London based actress said.
Getaway: After all the Oscar festivities are over, Harris and her mum will fly to north Mexico for a well-earned holiday
Getaway: After all the Oscar festivities are over, Harris and her mum will fly to north Mexico for a well-earned holiday
After all the Oscar festivities are over, Harris and her mum will fly to north Mexico for a well-earned holiday. 
Harris, Dev Patel and Andrew Garfield lead the British nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, for their roles in Moonlight, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge.
ABC is broadcasting the prestigious awards show live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Nighttime talk show funnyman Jimmy Kimmel hosts Hollywood's glitziest ceremony this year with entertainers Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend and Sting performing during the night. 
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Photos: Naomie Harris at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Naomie Harris attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California.