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Nicole Beharie Biography

Birth Name:
Nicole Browne
Birth Place:
West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Fast Facts

  • Father was in the foreign service and the family moved around a lot, living in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Nigeria, Panama, London and Washington, DC
  • Sang at New York restaurants with a jazz musician while in college and did backup vocals for a number of recording artists
  • Was awarded the Robin Williams Scholarship that covered tuition for her final two years at the Juilliard School, and while there, once played Mark Antony in Julius Caesar
  • Skipped her 2007 graduation from Juilliard to shoot The Express (2008), the sports bio about Heisman-winning running back Ernie Davis
  • In 2012, she was awarded the Beah Richards Rising Star Award at the Pan African Film Festival
  • Portrayed baseball star Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel, in the 2013 sports biopic 42
  • Involved in the charitable organization ASTEP (Actors Striving to End Poverty)


  • 2021Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated