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British actress Naomie Harris awarded OBE

Black British actress Naomie Harris is continuing to ride the wave of success with recent OBE award.

News of the award came with the release of the New Year Honours List on 30 December 2016. The 40-year-talented actress was awarded for her services to drama.

The OBE adds to Harris’ growing collection of awards for her performance in critically acclaimed film Moonlight. The inspirational actress is predicted to receive an Oscar for her performance in Moonlight.

The award recognises and celebrates individuals who have made a ‘significant contribution’ to British society, business and culture. The actress has made a difference and has displayed her versatility, representing British society and culture well.

Aside from Moonlight, the actress has created diversity and equality in her role as Eve Moneypenny in Bond movies. She has given quality performances in Bond movies, Skyfall and Spectre.


Her award will inspire women – especially Black British women – to chase their dreams. The film industry often excludes Black British Women this award is encouraging and further celebrates diversity.

February 2016, Harris spoke on the Oscars So White controversy. Harris said that there is a ‘real issue’ with diversity which she hopes will be ‘fixed’. Harris said that there are many ‘talented actresses’ of ‘different ethnicities’ not getting the ‘opportunities they deserve’.

Her inspirational performances in latest roles in Moonlight and Collateral Beauty are creating equality and diversity. She is leading the way and opening doors for young black British women.

In this year’s New Years Honours list women out represented men for the first time. There were 603 successful candidates nominated in the list – representing over 50% of nominees.  The inclusion and representation of women in the list suggests that progress is being made.

Awards of this kind, give the youth role models to look up to.

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: Liam Mendes

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