Nikki Amuka-Bird: Biography, Age, Career, Family And Movies
Nikki Amuka-Bird (born 1976) is a Nigerian-born British actress of the stage, television and film.
Amuka-Bird was born in Delta, Nigeria, where her father still lives. She left there as a young child with her mother and was brought up in England and in Antigua. Attending boarding-school in Britain, Amuka-Bird originally hoped to be a dancer. That ambition was thwarted by injury:
I hurt my back and at that point was deciding what to do university-wise and I thought I would try for drama college because I knew you could do some dancing there but it didn’t have to take over everything. It was only really when I went to drama college that that world [acting] opened up to me and I fell in love with it and became obsessed like everybody else.
She went to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and subsequently performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
Amuka-Bird’s theatrical credits include Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre); Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic, for which she won an Ian Charleson Award nomination in 2004 for playing Viola); World Music (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and Donmar Warehouse); Top Girls (Oxford Stage Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and The Servant of Two Masters (RSC); Doubt: A Parable (Tricycle Theatre).
Her film credits include The Omen (2006 remake), Cargo, Almost Heaven as well as the screen adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. On television, Amuka-Bird has appeared in Spooks, The Line of Beauty, The Last Enemy, Robin Hood, Torchwood, and a recurring role in the reimagined BBC apocalyptic series Survivors. In 2010 she appeared as Det. Supt Gaynor Jenkins in the BBC’s Silent Witness.
She appeared in Small Island, the BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel, broadcast in December 2009. In June 2016 it was announced that she and Phoebe Fox would star in the production of Zadie Smith’s novel NW. It was broadcast on BBC Two on 14 November 2016 and Amuka-Bird received a BAFTA for Best Actress.
On Christmas Day 2017 she was heard as the voice of the Glass Woman in the Doctor Who Christmas Special “Twice Upon a Time” broadcast on BBC One.
In 2003, Amuka-Bird married actor Geoffrey Streatfeild, whom she met while touring with the RSC in Japan. The marriage lasted seven years.
|2000||Forgive and Forget||Nicky|
|The Omen||Dr Becker|
|2008||The Disappeared||Shelley Cartwright|
|2014||The Face of an Angel||Roxanne|
|2015||Jupiter Ascending||Diomika Tsing|
|2017||The Children Act||Amadia Kalu QC|
|2018||A Private War||Rita Williams|
|The Personal History of David Copperfield||Mrs. Steerforth|
|1999–2005||Holby City||Various||3 episodes|
|1999||The Bill||Doreen West||1 episode|
|2000||Safe as Houses||Carole||Television movie|
|2003||Canterbury Tales||Constance Musa||1 episode|
|2003–2004||Bad Girls||Paula Miles||8 episodes|
|2004||Murder Prevention||Gemma||1 episode|
|2005||Afterlife||Sandra Petch||1 episode|
|2005||Casualty||Moji Muzenda||1 episode|
|2005||Casualty @ Holby City||Moji Muzenda||3 episodes|
|2005; 2010||Silent Witness||Simone Campbell / Det Supt Gaynor Jenkins||4 episodes|
|2006||The True Voice of Prostitution||Television movie|
|2006||The Line of Beauty||Rosemary Charles||2 episodes|
|2006||Spooks||Michelle Lopez||1 episode|
|2006||Robin Hood||Abbess||1 episode|
|2006||Born Equal||Itshe||Television movie|
|2007||Five Days||PC Simone Farnes||Miniseries|
|2007||The Whistleblowers||Helen Errol||1 episode|
|2008||Torchwood||Beth Halloran / Sleeper Agent||1 episode|
|2008||The Last Enemy||Susan Ross||Miniseries|
|2008||The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency||Alice Busang||1 episode|
|2008–2010||Survivors||Samantha Willis MP||5 episodes|
|2011–2013||Luther||Det. Sgt / Det. Chief Inspector Erin Gray||8 episodes|
|2012||Sinbad||The Professor||1 episode|
|2014||House of Fools||Fiona||1 episode|
|2014||Death in Paradise||Anna Jackson||1 episode|
|2015||Inside No. 9||Joanne||1 episode|
|2017||Doctor Who||The Testimony (voice) / Helen Clay||1 episode “Twice Upon a Time”|
|2018||Hard Sun||Grace Morrigan||Main cast, 6 episodes|
|2019||Gold Digger||Marsha||Upcoming miniseries|
|TBA||Avenue 5||Rav Mulcair||Main cast|