Beharie at the 2014 Comic-Con International
|Born||(1985-01-03) January 3, 1985
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Nicole Beharie /bᵻˈhɑːri/ (born January 3, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in the drama film American Violet (2008), the drama Shame (2011), and the biographical sports drama 42 (2013). From September 2013 to April 2016, she starred in the Fox fantasy series Sleepy Hollow.
Early life and education
Beharie was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. to a Nigerian mother and a Jamaican father. As a child, her father was in the Foreign Service, so she grew up in the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Nigeria and Panama. She attended Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and is a 2003 graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, a public residential high school in Greenville. Beharie was then accepted into Juilliard School, a performing arts conservatory (Drama division Group 36: 2003–07). She was awarded a Shakespeare scholarship and trained in England.
Beharie made her feature film debut in the 2008 film American Violet, where she played the leading role. Also in the same year she played Sarah Ward in the American sports film The Express opposite actor Rob Brown. In the Lifetime movie, Sins of the Mother (2010), Beharie portrayed Shay Hunter, a struggling university student who goes on a journey to mend her fractured relationship with her mother Nona played by Jill Scott.
In 2011, Beharie performed five original songs as a singer-songwriter opposite German actor Ken Duken in the romantic comedy My Last Day Without You. In the Russell Leigh Sharman film adaptation of his play Apartment 4E, she played Piper, a troubled young woman who never leaves her apartment. Beharie played Marianne in the Steve McQueen film Shame, about a 30-something sex addict played by Michael Fassbender, his myriad of sexual escapades, and what happens when his wayward younger sister moves in with him. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe praised her performance, calling her “a marvel of natural transparency”.
In 2013, Beharie starred as Rachel Robinson, wife of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), in the historical baseball feature 42. The same year, she began portraying Abbie Mills on the Fox fantasy series Sleepy Hollow, which is based on the 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. In Spring 2016, Beharie departed the series after three seasons, with her character dying in the series’ third season finale, the episode entitled “Ragnarok”, which was aired on April 8, 2016.
|2008||American Violet||Dee Roberts|
|2008||The Express||Sarah Ward|
|2011||My Last Day Without You||Leticia Johnson|
|2012||The Last Fall||Faith Davis|
|2012||The Mirror Between Us||Zora||Short film|
|2012||Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day||Beth Hutchins|
|2017||Jacob’s Ladder||TBA||In post-production|
|2009||Three Rivers||Helen Reed||Episode: “Win-loss”|
|2010||Sins of the Mother||Shay||Movie|
|2011||The Good Wife||Imani Stonehouse||2 episodes|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tracy Harrison||Episode: “Child’s Welfare”|
|2013–16||Sleepy Hollow||Abbie Mills||Main role (49 episodes)|
|2015||Bones||Abbie Mills||Episode: “The Resurrection in the Remains”|
|2010–11||A Free Man of Color||Margery Jolicoeur||Vivian Beaumont Theatre (Broadway)|
|2013||My Last Day Without You||“Two Hands”, “Catch Me”, “Morning Light”, “Scars”, “My Last Day Without You”|
Awards and nominations
|2009||African-American Film Critics||Best Actress||American Violet||Won|
|2010||Black Reel Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|2012||Best Song||My Last Day Without You||Nominated|
|2014||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Sleepy Hollow||Nominated|
|2015||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Favorite Actress on Television||Nominated|