Tearful Bond actress is stunned to hear that her & # 39; disgusting & # 39; family member managed a sugar plantation …

A Bond film actress was appalled to discover that one of her ancestors was involved in the slave trade in a new emotional documentary.

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Naomie Harris was told in 1849 that her four-time great-grandfather James Langdon was manager of the La Sagesse sugar plantation in Grenada.

Although slavery had been abolished 15 years earlier, there was still a controversial system where & # 39; liberated Africans & # 39; were brought to the Caribbean to work on British plantations.

The actress made the disturbing discovery during the recording for a new series of BBC1 & # 39; s genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?

Naomie Harris was shocked when she discovered that in 1849 her four-time great-grandfather James Langdon was manager of the La Sagesse sugar plantation in Grenada.

Naomie Harris was shocked when she discovered that in 1849 her four-time great-grandfather James Langdon was manager of the La Sagesse sugar plantation in Grenada.

In an interview with Weekend Magazine, the Bond actress described the unveiling as & # 39; disgusting and regrettable & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; It was a shock, which is crazy, because when you come from the Caribbean, you are somehow involved in slavery, you come from slaves or people who maintain slavery, "she said.

& # 39; But I didn't see it coming. Part of me wanted to reject that side of my history. & # 39;

Harris filmed segments for the show in the Caribbean for the press launch of Bond 25 that took place in Jamaica earlier this year.

In Jamaica, Naomie visited Kingston, where she discovered that her grandfather's real name was not Joscelyn Harris, but Joscelyn Tulloch, and that he might have been born outside of marriage.

Harris filmed segments for her episode of Who Do You Think You Are? while in the Caribbean for the press launch of Bond 25 that took place earlier this year in Jamaica

Harris filmed segments for her episode of Who Do You Think You Are? while in the Caribbean for the press launch of Bond 25 that took place earlier this year in Jamaica

Harris filmed segments for her episode of Who Do You Think You Are? while in the Caribbean for the press launch of Bond 25 that took place earlier this year in Jamaica

She visited the island when she was little, and although she does not remember much, she learns that her adoring grandfather often cared for her.

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She says: & # 39; I was looking for a missing link in my childhood because my father was absent and I realized that I was raised by my grandfather. & # 39;

Naomie also discovered that her quadruple maternal great-grandfather had been a slave since she was six, while her great-grandmother died in a poor house.

As Naomie points out, her ancestors worked hard knowing that they would not reap the benefits, but in the hope that their children would.

& # 39; They have suffered so much, but I have been so lucky & # 39 ;, she says.

Looking back on the experience of re-visiting her relatives and having the chance to delve into the history of her ancestors, Harris said the experience has made her & # 39; more complete & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; If you don't know your origin, you feel more alone. But I feel connected to the past. I did not expect it to have such a profound effect on me. & # 39;

She watched a preview of the episode with her father, and although she stops saying they are close, they are working on it & # 39;

Episode of Naomie Harris from Who do you think You Are?, broadcast Monday at 9 p.m., BBC1.

The slavery in my past left me shocked and moved: Miss Moneypenny Naomie Harris about her harrowing Who do you think you are? experience – and how Bond turned a new magazine

By Lina Das for weekend

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Those with a traditionalist attitude may want to look away now.

The old-fashioned values ​​and casual sexism that defined the 007 of previous generations are a thing of the past, according to Naomie Harris, who criticizes her role as MI6 secretary Eve Moneypenny in the upcoming Bond movie.

& # 39; We see a real evolution of his character & # 39 ;, she says about the new and improved James Bond.

& # 39; He now has equal relationships with the female characters and he is emotionally attached and makes real connections.

& # 39; There is real respect for the women in his life. & # 39;

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Although this can scare hardcore fans, Naomie brings the news – as with everything – with a cheerful smile.

Naomie Harris, 42, (photo) who stars as MI6 Secretary Eve Moneypenny in Bond 25, talked about working on the film since the departure of Danny Boyle

Naomie Harris, 42, (photo) who stars as MI6 Secretary Eve Moneypenny in Bond 25, talked about working on the film since the departure of Danny Boyle

Naomie Harris, 42, (photo) who stars as MI6 Secretary Eve Moneypenny in Bond 25, talked about working on the film since the departure of Danny Boyle

Now 42, although she looks ten years younger, she is on her third Bond outing after Skyfall (2012) and Specter (2015).

She had filmed her first scenes for the new film earlier this month and is happy to be back.

& # 39; It's beautiful. Normally as an actor you are a gypsy, you have to make new connections, which means that you are alone a lot. At Bond you are reunited with family. & # 39;

It is a family that has been rather dysfunctional lately.

Bond 25, as it is known (the provisional title, Shatterhand, refers to the alias used by Bond & # 39; s old nemesis Blofeld), is plagued by so many problems that it is whispered that the movie & # 39; cursed & # 39; is.

Daniel needed an ankle operation after a pre-set accident, while a crew member was injured after a planned explosion at Pinewood Studios.

The original director Danny Boyle of the film abruptly left the project last August due to & # 39; creative differences & # 39; (he was replaced by True Detective director Cary Fukunaga), and difficulties with the script meant that new writers had to be hired, especially Fleabag maker Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Naomie (pictured on Bond 25 with Daniel Craig earlier this month) said working on a Bond movie was like he & # 39; was reunited with his family & # 39;
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Naomie (pictured on Bond 25 with Daniel Craig earlier this month) said working on a Bond movie was like he & # 39; was reunited with his family & # 39;

Naomie (pictured on Bond 25 with Daniel Craig earlier this month) said working on a Bond movie was like he & # 39; was reunited with his family & # 39;

So is the movie jinxed? & # 39; No, not at all & # 39 ;, Naomie insists.

& # 39; I really don't believe that. When you put film in the spotlight, you can find things that went wrong or people who were injured – that's the nature of making movies.

& # 39; There are always bumps in the journey, and sometimes when there are bumps, there may be a better movie at the end. & # 39;

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But the departure of Danny Boyle was a bump that Naomie could have done without. & # 39; He's the reason, really, I've had the career I've had & # 39 ;, she says.

Bond now has real respect for the women in his life

Danny helped her launch by casting her in the 2002 horror film 28 Days Later alongside Cillian Murphy and Christopher Eccleston, and nine years later he cast her again in the stage version of Frankenstein at the National Theater opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.

Director Sam Mendes saw the game and immediately thought of her for the role of Moneypenny when he took over the helm from Skyfall.

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& # 39; I miss Sam very much, my last two bonds were with him. But I'm really sad not to work with Danny.

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& # 39; He is a complete genius.

Naomie participates in Who do you think you are? In Jamaica, Naomie visited Kingston, where she discovered that her grandfather's real name was not Joscelyn Harris, but Joscelyn Tulloch. Pictured, Naomie as a young girl on her grandfather's knee

Naomie participates in Who do you think you are? In Jamaica, Naomie visited Kingston, where she discovered that her grandfather's real name was not Joscelyn Harris, but Joscelyn Tulloch. Pictured, Naomie as a young girl on her grandfather's knee

Naomie participates in Who do you think you are? In Jamaica, Naomie visited Kingston, where she discovered that her grandfather's real name was not Joscelyn Harris, but Joscelyn Tulloch. Pictured, Naomie as a young girl on her grandfather's knee

& # 39; Whether he made the decision to leave or it was the franchise's decision or mutually, I hope it will benefit the project & # 39 ;, she says, afraid to say the wrong thing, considering the veil of secrecy around Bond 25.

The producers, Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G Wilson, hope that Phoebe Waller-Bridge will change his fortune.

After working on the women's Fleabag and Killing Eve series, she is the perfect choice to rid Bond of his dinosaur tendencies.

The film starts with Bond retired in Jamaica, and it was recently revealed that the character of the black British actress Lashana Lynch will take over his famous code name, making her the first black female 007.

Although Bond is brought back into the field, his girlfriend from Specter, Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), also returning, suggesting a more established British agent.

And with Naomie & # 39; s very capable Moneypenny and the addition of Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas to the cast, the number of women is high.

& # 39; There are now four women in the script and they all have an incredibly strong role and play a major role in advancing the story and helping Bond & # 39 ;, Naomie says.

The daughter of the Jamaica-born reiki healer Carmen Harris (formerly screenwriter on EastEnders under the pseudonym Lisselle Kayla), Naomie was not even born when her Trinidadian father Brian Clarke (photo) left

The daughter of the Jamaica-born reiki healer Carmen Harris (formerly screenwriter on EastEnders under the pseudonym Lisselle Kayla), Naomie was not even born when her Trinidadian father Brian Clarke (photo) left

The daughter of the Jamaica-born reiki healer Carmen Harris (formerly screenwriter on EastEnders under the pseudonym Lisselle Kayla), Naomie was not even born when her Trinidadian father Brian Clarke (photo) left

Naomie was in fact very important to ensure that the expression & # 39; Bond girl & # 39; was phased out in favor of & # 39; Bond woman & # 39; (& # 39; I did my best & # 39 ;, she admits).

She had awarded a prize at the 2012 BAFTA & # 39; s and had received a few words to say that she & # 39; Bondgirl & # 39; called.

& # 39; I said: & # 39; Well, I'm going to change that & # 39;. & # 39; Barbara Broccoli agreed and now & # 39; Bond girl & # 39; just as ruthlessly eliminated as a Bond villain.

As for Moneypenny, she has had a desk job since Skyfall after Bond's unintentional shooting in the field.

& # 39; I can't say what she's up to & # 39 ;, she says. & # 39; It's very mysterious. The scripts do not fall apart after reading, but they are delivered by hand and you have to sign non-disclosures. & # 39;

The press launch for Bond 25 took place earlier this year in Jamaica and it turned out to be emotional.

It was a shock, which is crazy, because if you come from the Caribbean, you are somehow involved in slavery, you come from slaves or people who maintain slavery

While there, Naomie filmed segments for the new series of BBC1 & # 39; s genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are?, Which also features actress Kate Winslet and Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter.

& # 39; When I told my friends about it, they said: & # 39; They are going to make you cry & # 39 ;, says Naomie.

& # 39; But I said: & # 39; No no. It's nice, it doesn't affect me. & # 39; In the end I spent tears about 50 percent of the time. & # 39;

The daughter of Jamaica-born reiki healer Carmen Harris (formerly scriptwriter on EastEnders under the pseudonym Lisselle Kayla), Naomie was not even born when her Trinidadian father Brian Clarke left.

She had very little contact with him, although they sometimes met in Muswell Hill, in the north of London, near where she grew up.

A terrible discovery about who do you think you are? occurs when Naomie finds out that her father's side of the family lived just blocks from her, but they never met.

In the show, she travels to Grenada to trace her paternal family and discovers that her four-time great-grandfather James Langdon was manager of the sugar plantation La Sagesse in 1849.

Slavery was abolished 15 years earlier, but a controversial system arose whereby & # 39; liberated Africans & # 39; were brought to the Caribbean to work on British plantations.

They were paid only for a fixed period to the estate assigned for a fixed period, so Naomie's ancestor was effectively involved in the slave trade – a revelation that she finds deeply troubling and the & # 39; disgusting and regrettable & # 39; calls.

As she says now: & # 39; It was a shock, which is crazy, because when you come from the Caribbean, you are somehow involved in slavery, you come from slaves or people who maintain slavery.

& # 39; But I didn't see it coming. Part of me wanted to reject that side of my history. & # 39;

In Jamaica, Naomie visited Kingston, where she discovered that her grandfather's real name was not Joscelyn Harris, but Joscelyn Tulloch and that he might have been born out of wedlock (as Naomie notes in the show: & my entire life is a been a lie? & # 39;).

She went to Jamaica when she was little, and although she doesn't remember much, she learns that her adoring grandfather often cared for her.

I was looking for a missing link in my childhood because my father was absent and I realized that I was the education of my grandfather

She says: & # 39; I was looking for a missing link in my childhood because my father was absent and I realized that I was raised by my grandfather. & # 39;

Naomie also discovers that her maternal fourfold great-grandfather had been a slave since she was six, while her great-grandmother died in a poor house.

As Naomie points out, her ancestors worked hard knowing that they would not reap the benefits, but in the hope that their children would.

& # 39; They have suffered so much, but I have been so lucky & # 39 ;, she says.

& # 39; The show has changed me. I feel more complete.

& # 39; If you don't know your origin, you feel more alone. But I feel connected to the past. I did not expect it to have such a profound effect on me. & # 39;

She watched an example of the episode with her father, and although she stops saying they are close, & # 39; we are definitely working on it. & # 39;

She has admitted in the past that her absence was her guardian of relationships, and although she never discusses her private life, her previous boyfriends would be 12 Years A Slave & Chiwetel Ejiofor and her former Pirates Of The Caribbean 2. star Orlando Bloom.

She may still be together with long-term boyfriend Peter Legler, with whom she's been dating since 2012, but after working on the tightly-guarded Bond movies, she's pretty adept at keeping it secret.

For Naomie to be able to trace her history from a poor Jamaican home to the present day, where she finds herself in one of the most glamorous and successful film franchises, it is quite a journey.

& # 39; Seeing what my ancestors have been through has fueled my passion to achieve more & # 39 ;, she says. I would not be here without their sacrifices. & # 39;

Who do you think you are ?, Monday, 9:00 PM, BBC1.

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