Nicole Beharie

Nicole Beharie

Highest Rated: 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020)

Lowest Rated: 4% Jacob's Ladder (2019)

Birthday: Jan 3, 1985

Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Classically trained by way of Shakespeare and the Julliard School, Nicole Beharie broke new ground as one of the first African-American actresses to appear in a starring role on prime time network TV show in almost forty years. Before landing the role of Lt. Abbie Mills on the TV show "Sleepy Hollow" (Fox, 2013-), however, Beharie had small roles in a number of TV shows and movies including "Shame" (2011) alongside Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. But it was her casting in "Sleepy Hollow" along with her performance as the wife of Jackie Robinson in the film about his life, "42" (2013), that truly marked Beharie as an actress to watch. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Beharie grew up the daughter of a diplomat and lived in Panama, London and Nigeria - her first acting role was in a production of "Alice in Wonderland" in Nigeria. Landing in the American South after a childhood spent abroad, she was forced to adapt quickly as she realized her accent and background set her apart from her schoolmates: "Once I developed a sense of identity, it became fun to play around with those cultural differences," she told Vogue in 2013. Beharie attended the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities as a teenager and went on to study drama at New York City's Julliard School. She landed two small feature film roles just out of college in the dramas "The Express" (2008) and "American Violet" (2008). Neither film was widely seen, but Beharie was singled out for praise for her work in "American Violet" from the African-American Film Critics who awarded her Best Actress. All the same, work was scarce over the next several years for Beharie; she landed only a few small parts on TV shows and in film as well as in a Broadway production of "A Free Man of Color" in 2010. Such a career trajectory might have suited her: "I thought I was going to do guerilla theater in Central Park or be in my loft in Brooklyn, and it's all gonna be 'cool artist chic,'" she recalled in a Vanity Fair interview in February of 2013. However, she caught the eye of a number of viewers as well as actor Michael Fassbender with her performance in "Shame." She and Fassbender also dated for a couple of years following their meeting on the set. In 2013, Beharie's star rose with two significant roles. The first was that of legendary African-American baseball star Jackie Robinson's wife Rachel in the biopic "42." The second was a lead role on the paranormal television series "Sleepy Hollow" in which a reawakened Ichabod Crane teams up with cop Lt. Abbie Mills to fight occult forces in a modern Sleepy Hollow. On the heels of actress Kerry Washington's casting in "Scandal" (ABC, 2012- ) a year earlier, Beharie became only the second female African-American actress to lead a prime time TV show in nearly four decades. In a surprising twist to end the series' third season, Beharie's Abbie Mills was killed off, concurrent with the announcement that the actress was leaving the show.

Highest rated movies

Miss Juneteenth Monsters and Men
42
Shame
American Violet
The Express
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day
Jacob's Ladder

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
99% 57% Miss Juneteenth Turquoise (Character) $86.3K 2020
4% 38% Jacob's Ladder Unknown (Character) - 2019
84% 69% Monsters and Men Michelle (Character) $500.1K 2018
81% 85% 42 Rachel Robinson (Character) $95.1M 2013
No Score Yet 64% The Last Fall Faith Davis (Character) - 2012
20% 69% Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day Beth Hutchins (Character) $1.3M 2012
No Score Yet 29% Apartment 4E Piper (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Small of Her Back Piper (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 46% My Last Day Without You Leticia (Character) - 2011
79% 75% Shame Marianne (Character) $4.0M 2011
No Score Yet 57% Sins of the Mother Shay (Character) - 2010
62% 75% The Express Sarah Ward (Character) $9.6M 2008
75% 79% American Violet Dee Roberts (Character) $552.9K 2008

TV

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84% 66% Scenes From a Marriage Kate (Character) 2021
45% 79% Solos Nera (Character) 2021
No Score Yet 23% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2021
82% 48% Monsterland Unknown (Character) 2020
84% 86% Black Mirror Theo (Character) 2019
76% 76% Sleepy Hollow Lt. Abbie Mills (Character) 2013-2016
90% 82% Bones Abbie Mills (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2014
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tracy Harrison (Guest Star) 2012
93% 91% The Good Wife Imani Stonehouse (Guest Star) 2011
31% 0% Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2010