Nicole Beharie

Born: 03/01/1985 (37 yo)
Birth place: West Palm Beach, Florida (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Actress , Singer


Nicole Beharie is an African-American actress and singer. She is known for her roles in American Violet (2008), Shame (2011), and 42 (2013). Since September 2013, she has starred in the Fox fantasy series Sleepy Hollow.


Beharie was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and is 2003 graduate of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, a public residential high school in Greenville. Beharie was then accepted into the Juilliard School performing arts conservatory (Drama Division Group 36: 2003–2007). She was awarded a Shakespeare scholarship and trained in England.

She made her feature film debut in the 2008 film American Violet, where she played the leading role. Also in the same year she played Sarah Ward in the American sports film, The Express opposite actor Rob Brown. In the Lifetime movie, Sins of the Mother (2010), Beharie portrayed Shay Hunter, a struggling university student who goes on a journey to mend her fractured relationship with her mother Nona played by Jill Scott.

In 2011, she performed five original songs as a singer-songwriter opposite German actor Ken Duken in the romantic comedy My Last Day Without You. In the Russell Leigh Sharman film adaptation of his play Apartment 4E, Beharie played Piper, a troubled young woman who never leaves her apartment. Beharie played Marianne in the Steve McQueen film Shame, about a 30-something sex addict played by Michael Fassbender, his myriad sexual escapades, and what happens when his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves in with him. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe praised her performance, calling her "a marvel of natural transparency". In 2013, Beharie starred as Rachel Robinson, wife of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), in the historical baseball feature 42. In 2013, she began portraying Abbie Mills on the Fox fantasy series Sleepy Hollow, which is based on the 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.

Personal life

In the June 2012 issue of GQ magazine, Beharie's Shame co-star Michael Fassbender stated that he and Beharie were dating. He stated that they began dating during the promotion of the movie Shame not during the film's production. In January 2013, Beharie announced their split on Twitter.

Websites & Social Networks


  • 2008      American Violet                              
  • 2008      The Express      
  • 2011      My Last Day Without You                           
  • 2011      Shame                
  • 2012      Apartment 4E  
  • 2012      The Last Fall      
  • 2012      Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day          
  • 2013      42



  • 2009      Three Rivers     
  • 2010      Sins of the Mother        
  • 2011      The Good Wife               
  • 2012      Law and Order: SVU     
  • 2013      Sleepy Hollow   (Lead role)


  • 2013: My Last Day Without You (Original Soundtrack)


Awards and nominations:

  • 2009      African-American Film Critics for American Violet (Best Actress – Won)
  • 2009      Women's Film Critics Circle for American Violet  (Best Actress – Nominated)
  • 2010      Black Reel Awards for American (Violet Best Actress – Nominated)
  • 2010      Black Reel Awards for American Violet -Best Breakthrough Performance – Nominated)
  • 2010      Black Reel Awards for American Violet (Best Ensemble – Nominated)
  • 2012      Black Reel Awards forMy Last Day Without You (Best Song – Nominated)