Drawing: Naomie Harris in Frankenstein at the National Theatre

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Naomie Harris will soon be seen on the big screen reprising her role as Eve Moneypenny in the latest Bond film Spectre. London-born with West Indian parents, she was the first black actress to play Moneypenny and the first to get a first name in the previous and 23rd production of the 007 franchise, Skyfall. It was, however, on the biggest stage at the National Theatre in the spring of 2011,  that Naomie made her theatrical debut in the world premiere of Danny Boyle’s staging of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the Olivier Theatre. “I’m very grateful to Danny Boyle.” she said in an interview. “He’s the reason really that I have the career that i have because he took at risk on me and gave me Selena in 28 Days Later.” In Nick Dear’s adaption of the classic novel, Naomie played Victor Frankenstein’s fiancee Elizabeth Lavenza. The title character and the creature were played by Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch who alternated the roles each night. Benedict played the creature when I saw it so I have included him in this sketch. While i did get her autograph on my programme and have a few things signed at premieres, this is my first sketch graphed by her. Nothing intriguing about the signing  provenance. I simply sent it to her London agency. i was very pleased with the result, because due to to circumstances of stage doors and screenings, signatures tend to be done at speed and can become some what of a scribble. This is a clear exemplar of Naomie’s handwriting.


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