Naomie Harris (Moonlight, Skyfall) will receive the Variety Award at the upcoming British Independent Film Awards for her contribution to the British film industry on December 4th.  Each year, the annual awards ceremony recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on Britain.

Harris will be the first black woman to receive this prestigious award.  Previous recipients include Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, and Kate Winslet.

“I am touched and honored to be included alongside such an inspiring and talented group of filmmakers. Working in film has given me the chance to tell stories from around the world – and I’m incredibly proud to represent British filmmaking when doing so.” – Naomie Harris

Harris is best known to global audiences as Eve Moneypenny in Bond movies Spectre and Skyfall. She also starred in the Pirates of the Carribean franchiseThis year, Harris has been greatly applauded for her portrayal of a drug-addicted mother in the critically acclaimed awards contender Moonlight.  Her performance has many speculating that she will receive a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2017 Oscars.  Harris will be seen next in Collateral Beauty, opposite Will Smith and fellow Variety Award winners Winslet, Knightley, and Mirren.

BIFA nominations will be announced November 1.

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