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Naomie Harris: ‘Danny Boyle made me famous’

Published 02/01/2016

Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris

Spectre star Naomie Harris is becoming more of a homebody as she gets older.

Actress Naomie Harris is convinced Danny Boyle changed her career for life.

The British actress was cast by the director in his 2002 movie 28 Days Later... opposite Cillian Murphy, marking her first big film role. Over a decade on she's landed the biggest job of her occupation so far as Eve Moneypenney in James Bond flicks Skyfall and latest release, Spectre. Danny has previously shared his delight at Naomie's success and insisted he didn't do much to help, but she thinks differently.

"That is so wrong because Danny Boyle massively helped me and I will always credit him in every interview I do," she insisted to Psychologies magazine. "When I left drama school, I spent nine frustrating months unemployed because I didn't have any credits to my name, but all you need is one person to take a risk on you. And that person was Danny Boyle. From that, everything changed.

"Then, 10 years later, when my career wasn't going particularly well, and I hadn't done theatre in 10 years since leaving drama school, he took another risk by casting me as Elizabeth in Frankenstein at the National Theatre and that is the reason why I'm sitting here now - because (Skyfall and Spectre director) Sam Mendes came to see it and he cast me for this role. So Danny Boyle, 100 per cent, changed my career. Twice!"

With such a busy work schedule Naomie is constantly globe-trotting, not that she minds too much. The 39-year-old beauty is used to being away from home for long periods of time, though she does miss the comforts of familiar surroundings while away.

"When I was younger, it was amazing to be heading off to exotic locations - it was so exciting," she smiled. "But now that I'm older, I love to stay at home. On Spectre, they all went to these glamorous locations like Morocco, Rome and Austria and they're like, 'Aren't you jealous?' And I'm like, 'No! I like the easy commute, I'll take that, thanks!'"

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