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Alice Krige

Alice Krige
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Alice Krige in October 2006
Born Alice Maud Krige
(1954-06-28) 28 June 1954 (age 66)
Upington, Cape Province, South Africa
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Paul Schoolman (1988–present)

Alice Maud Krige (/ˈkrɡə/; born 28 June 1954) is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon in the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. Since then, she has played a variety of roles in a number of genres. Krige first played the role of the Borg Queen in the motion picture Star Trek: First Contact and reprised the role for the final episode of the television series Star Trek: Voyager. A year after the series ended, she reprised the role in "Borg Invasion 4-D" at Star Trek: The Experience.

Early life

Krige was born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa, the daughter of Pat, a psychologist, 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, both of whom became physicians.[1][2] She attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa with plans to become a clinical psychologist, but did not complete her studies, leaving for London in 1976. She turned to acting after taking an acting class at Rhodes. She attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.[3]


Krige made her professional debut on British television in 1979, and appeared 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.[2][3]

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. 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, Stay Alive, and Silent Hill.

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Krige at event of Star Trek

In Star Trek: First Contact, Krige played the Borg Queen, who attempts to assimilate Earth into the Borg collective. She won Best Supporting Actress at the 1997 Saturn Awards for that role.[2] 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 also expanded into television, with prominent roles in miniseries adaptations of Dinotopia and Frank Herbert's Children of Dune.

In April 2004, Krige was awarded an honorary Litt.D. degree from Rhodes University.[2]

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.[4][5] 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, who was classified "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.[6] Krige also featured in the final season of BBC drama Waking the Dead, in 2011.[7] In recent years, Krige appeared in films Solomon Kane, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Thor: The Dark World.[8][9]

Personal life

Krige married writer and director Paul Schoolman in 1988; the couple remains wed.[2]


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Alice Krige as the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact


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
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 (2001 film)#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
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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


Year Title Role Notes
1980 BBC2 Playhouse Episode: "The Happy Autumn Fields"
1980 A Tale of Two Cities Lucie Manette TV Movie
1982 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 Atreides 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"


  1. ^ Alice Krige biodata, Yahoo! Movies; accessed 29 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e The Alice Krige Home Page biography
  3. ^ a b "Alice Krige biography and filmography". Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (1 January 2005). "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: If You've Got It, Flaunt It: ABC Trumpets an 80's Hit". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "'Star Trek' star Alice Krige is 'amazing' in 'Spooks', say writers". 8 September 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Alice Krige Credits". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Staff (13 August 2012). "'Thor: The Dark World' casts Alice Krige". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Actress Alice Krige Joins THOR: THE DARK WORLD". 8 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 

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