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Bond girl Harris bullied at school

Naomie Harris has revealed she was bullied at school and cried every day at university.

The British actress is a Bond girl in new 007 film Skyfall, but she admitted her life hasn't always been so charmed because she struggled with being a "target" for bullies when she was younger, and felt alienated when she attended university.

Naomie, who started acting as a child, told the Daily Mirror: "I hated school. I didn't want to go. I don't know why I was bullied. I was quite shy and skinny. Very nerdy, very bookwormish. I think I was just a target. It was name-calling, people not wanting to be my friend, having no one to play with.

"I bunked off a lot. I would go across the road and sit in the park. When I was 16 I wanted to leave school and act, but my mum begged me to stay so that I'd have qualifications in case acting didn't work out."

The 36-year-old went to Cambridge University after leaving school but confessed she wasn't any happier there because she didn't feel she fitted in.

"I was very unhappy and cried every day," said the Miami Vice star.

"I come from a very working-class background, so Cambridge was a huge culture shock. When I went mum said I wouldn't fit in and she was right. The people there were so different to me and I couldn't connect with them on any level.

"They talked about Eton and skiing and here was I, this black girl from North London."

The world premiere of Skyfall will take place in London on October 23.

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