Alice Krige’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro
Actress

A.K.A.
Alice Maud Krige

Is

Actor Film producer Film actor Television actor

From

South Africa

Type

Film, TV, Stage & Radio

Gender
female

Birth

28 June 1954, Upington, ǁKhara Hais Local Municipality, ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, Northern Cape

Age:
66 years

Stats

Height:

1.6383 m

Alice Maud Krige (/ˈkriːɡə/; born 28 June 1954) is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in Chariots of Fire (1981) as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon. Since then, she has played a variety of roles in various genres. She is well known for playing the Borg Queen in the Star Trek franchise, beginning with the film Star Trek: First Contact.

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Early life and education
Krige was born in Upington, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, the daughter of Patricia, a professor of Psychology, and Louis Krige, a physician. The Kriges later moved to Port Elizabeth, where Alice grew up in what she has described as a “very happy family”, with two brothers, one of whom became physician and the other a Professor of Surgery.
She attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa with plans to become a clinical psychologist. She turned to acting after taking an acting class at Rhodes, completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and an BA Hons degree in drama, with distinction. She went to London to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Career
Krige made her professional debut on British television in 1979, and appeared as Lucie Manette in the television movie A Tale of Two Cities. She went on to play Sybil Gordon in Chariots of Fire and Eva Galli/Alma Mobley in Ghost Story, both in 1981. She earned a Plays and Players Award, as well as a Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer, after appearing in a 1981 West End theatre production of George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man. She then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Cordelia in “King Lear”, Cordelia in Edward Bond’s “Lear”, Miranda in “The Tempest”, Bianca in “The Taming of The Shrew,” and Roxanne in “Cyrano de Bergerac”.
Krige played Bathsheba in King David (1985) and Mary Shelley in Haunted Summer (1988). She appeared on stage in plays such as Thomas Otway’s Venice Preserv’d at the Almeida Theatre in London and in “Toyer” at the Arts Theatre in the West End.. She appeared in television movies as Baja Oklahoma (1988) and Ladykiller (1992), in mini-series such as Ellis Island (1984) and Scarlet and Black (1993). and in such horror films as Ghost Story, Sleepwalkers, and Silent Hill.
In Star Trek: First Contact, Krige played the Borg Queen, who attempts to integrate Earth into the Borg collective. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 1997 Saturn Awards for that role. She returned to this character in the Star Trek game Star Trek: Armada II and in the Star Trek: Voyager series finale “Endgame” in 2001. Her science fiction career has expanded into television, with prominent roles in miniseries adaptations of Dinotopia and Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune. She worked with the Brothers Quay in “The Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That People Call Life” and with Guy Maddin in “Twilight of the Ice Nymphs”.
In April 2004, Krige was awarded an honorary Litt.D. degree from Rhodes University.
Krige starred in a number of made-for-television movies and miniseries. She played the role of Natalie Wood’s bad mother in The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004), and starred as Joan Collins in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure. She had recurring roles in Deadwood, and guest starred in Six Feet Under, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The 4400, and Dirty Sexy Money
In 2008, she had a leading role as Sannie Laing, Sandra’s mother, in Skin, the biopic about Sandra Laing. The film explores the issues of the girl being classified as “Coloured” by the South African authorities during Apartheid, although her parents were white. In 2011, Krige appeared in the BBCs final season of Spooks, playing Russian double agent Elena Gavrik. Krige also featured in the final season of BBC drama Waking the Dead, in 2011. In recent years, Krige appeared in films Solomon Kane, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Thor: The Dark World. She played the role of Amira in the first and second series of Tyrant for F/X, and has recently worked for the BBC in the series The Syndicate and Partners in Crime. In 2016, she appeared in the Netflix series The OA.
In 2012 Alice produced the award-winning feature Jail Caesar, an exploration of the little known adolescence of Julius Caesar, filmed in three working prisons with several hundred serving prisoners and an assemble of actors including Derek Jacobi and John Kani. Jail Caesar was written and directed by Paul Schoolman.
In 2015 Krige received the Special Jury Award at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality in Jakarta, along with Andy Garcia and Jimmy Carter for her performance in the film Shingetsu, in which she plays a war-traumatised surgeon of Doctors Without Borders, opposite Gunter Singer.
Personal life
Krige married writer and director Paul Schoolman in 1988.
Filmography
Film

Year
Title
Role
Notes

1976
Vergeet My Nie
Welma de Villiers

1981
Chariots of Fire
Sybil Gordon

1981
Ghost Story
Eva Galli / Alma Mobley

1985
King David
Bathsheba

1987
Barfly
Tully Sorenson

1988
Haunted Summer
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin

1989
See You in the Morning
Beth Goodwin

1992
Sleepwalkers
Mary Brady

1992
Spies Inc.
Isabelle

1994
Sea Beggars
Wife
Short film

1994
Sharpe’s Honour
La Marquesa

1995
Institute Benjamenta
Lisa Benjamenta

1996
Star Trek: First Contact
Borg Queen

1996
Amanda
Audrey Farnsworth

1997
Habitat
Clarissa Symes

1997
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs
Zephyr Eccles

1998
The Commissioner
Isabelle Morton

1999
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
Mother Marianne Cope

2000
The Little Vampire
Freda Sackville-Bagg

2000
The Calling
Elizabeth Plummer

2001
Superstition (de)
Mirella Cenci

2001
Vallen
Monique

2002
Reign of Fire
Karen Abercromby

2004
Star Trek: The Experience – Borg Invasion 4D
Borg Queen
Short film

2004
Shadow of Fear
Margie Henderson

2006
Stay Alive
The Author

2006
Silent Hill
Christabella LaRoache

2006
Lonely Hearts
Janet Long

2006
The Contract
Agent Gwen Miles

2007
Ten Inch Hero
Zo

2008
Skin
Sannie Laing

2008
The Betrayed
Falco

2009
Solomon Kane
Katherine Crowthorn

2010
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Morgan le Fay

2011
Will
Sister Carmel

2012
Jail Caesar
Pirate Captain
Also producer

2013
Thor: The Dark World
Eir

2015
Shingetsu
Woman
Also producer

Television

Year
Title
Role
Notes

1980
BBC2 Playhouse

Episode: “The Happy Autumn Fields”

1980
A Tale of Two Cities
Lucie Manette
TV Movie

1980
The Professionals
Diana Molner
Episode: “Operation Susie”

1983
Arms and the Man
Raina
TV Movie

1984
Ellis Island
Bridget O’Donnell
TV Mini-Series

1985
Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story
Baroness Lisl Kemeny
TV Movie

1985
Murder, She Wrote
Nita Cochran
Episode: “Murder in the Afternoon”

1986
Dream West
Jessie Benton Fremont
TV Mini-Series

1986
Second Serve
Gwen
TV Movie

1988
Baja Oklahoma
Patsy Cline
TV Movie

1990
Max and Helen
Helen Weiss
TV Movie

1991
Strauss Dynasty
Olga
TV Mini-Series

1991
The Hidden Room
Jennifer
Episode: “Dream Child”

1991
L’Amérique en otage
Parveneh Limbert
TV Movie

1992
Ladykiller
May Packard
TV Movie

1992
Beverly Hills, 90210
Anne Berrisford
Episode: “Wild Horses”

1993
Judgment Day: The John List Story
Jean Syfert
TV Movie

1993
Double Deception
Pamela Sparrow
TV Movie

1993
Jack Reed: Badge of Honor
Joan Anatole
TV Movie

1993
Scarlet and Black
Madame de Renal
TV Mini-Series

1994
Sharpe’s Honour
La Marquesa
TV Movie

1995
Joseph
Rachel
TV Movie

1995
Donor Unknown
Alice Stillman
TV Movie

1995
Devil’s Advocate
Alessandra Locatelli
TV Movie

1996
Hidden in America
Dee
TV Movie

1997
Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan
Rebecca Daly
TV Movie

1998
Close Relations
Louise
TV Mini-Series

1998
Welcome to Paradox
Aura Mendoza
Episode: “Acute Triangle”

1999
Deep in My Heart
Annalise Jurgenson
TV Movie

1999
Becker
Dr. Sandra Rush
Episode: “Activate Your Choices”

1999
In the Company of Spies
Sarah Gold
TV Movie

2001
Attila
Galla Placidia
TV Mini-Series

2001
Star Trek: Voyager
Borg Queen
Episode: “Endgame”

2002
Six Feet Under
Alma
Episodes: “Out, Out, Brief Candle” and “The Plan”

2002
Dinotopia
Rosemary Waldo
TV Mini-Series

2003
Children of Dune
Lady Jessica
TV Mini-Series

2003
The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton
Snubby Eaton
TV Movie

2004
The Mystery of Natalie Wood
Maria Gurdin
TV Movie

2003, 2004
Threat Matrix
Senator Lily Randolph
Episodes: “Flipping” and “19 Seconds”

2005
Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure
Joan Collins
TV Movie

2005
Deadwood
Maddie
5 episodes

2006
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Gillian Booth
Episode: “Dramma Giocoso”

2006
The Line of Beauty
Rachel Fedden
TV Mini-Series

2006
The 4400
Sarah
Episodes: “Gone: Part 1” and “Gone: Part 2”

2007
Persuasion
Lady Russell
TV Movie

2007
Heroes and Villains
Letizia
Episode: “Napoleon”

2008
Dirty Sexy Money
Judge Alexis Wyeth
Episode: “The Family Lawyer”

2009
Midsomer Murders
Jenny Frazer
Episode: “Secrets and Spies”

2011
Waking the Dead
Karen Harding
Episodes: “Care: Part 1” and “Care: Part 2”

2011
Page Eight
Emma Baron
TV Movie

2011
Spooks
Elena Gavrik
6 episodes

2014
Tyrant
Amira Al Fayeed

2014
NCIS
Margaret Clark
Episode: “So It Goes”

2015
The Syndicate
Lady Hazelwood

2015
Partners in Crime
Rita Vandemeyer

2016
The OA
Nancy Johnson

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