Alice Krige

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. She is well known for playing the dual role of Eva Galli/Alma Mobley in Ghost Story, and the Borg Queen in the Star Trek franchise, beginning with the film Star Trek: First Contact.[1]

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Krige in October 2006
Alice Maud Krige

28 June 1954 (age 64)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1976–present
Paul Schoolman (m. 1988)

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 a physician and the other a Professor of Surgery.[2][3]

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.[4]


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.[3][4] 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 miniseries such as Ellis Island (1984) and Scarlet and Black (1993), and in such horror films as Ghost Story, Sleepwalkers and Silent Hill.

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Krige at a Star Trek event

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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[5][6] She had recurring roles on Deadwood, and guest starred on 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 BBC's final season of Spooks, playing Russian double agent Elena Gavrik.[7] Krige also featured in the final season of the BBC drama Waking the Dead, in 2011.[8] In recent years, Krige appeared in films Solomon Kane, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Thor: The Dark World.[9] She played the role of Amira in the first and second series of Tyrant for F/X, and has recently worked for the BBC on the series The Syndicate and Partners in Crime. In 2016, she appeared on the Netflix mystery series The OA.[10]

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.[11][12]

Personal life

Krige married writer and director Paul Schoolman in 1988.[3]



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 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
2017 A Christmas Prince Queen Helena
2018 A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding Queen Helena


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 Miniseries
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 Miniseries
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 Miniseries
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 Miniseries
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 Miniseries
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 Miniseries
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 Miniseries
2003 Children of Dune Lady Jessica TV Miniseries
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 Miniseries
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
2019 Carnival Row Haruspex Recurring role[13]


  1. ^ "First Contact's Borg Queen - Alice Krige". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  2. ^ Alice Krige biodata, Yahoo! Movies; accessed 29 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e The Alice Krige Home Page biography Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Alice Krige biography and filmography". Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  7. ^ "'Star Trek' star Alice Krige is 'amazing' in 'Spooks', say writers". 8 September 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Alice Krige Credits". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  9. ^ Staff (13 August 2012). "'Thor: The Dark World' casts Alice Krige". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  10. ^ Ge, Linda (December 12, 2016). "Brit Marling's Netflix Series 'The OA' Promises Mystery in First Trailer (Video)". The Wrap. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Winners - International Film Festivals for Peace, Inspiration, and Equality".
  12. ^ "Shingetsu director Paul Schoolman and actor Alice Krige interview".
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (12 October 2017). "'Carnival Row': Alice Krige & Jared Harris Set To Recur On Amazon's Fantasy Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

External links

A Christmas Prince

A Christmas Prince is a 2017 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Alex Zamm, written by Karen Schaler and Nathan Atkins and stars Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Tom Knight, Sarah Douglas, Daniel Fathers, Alice Krige and Tahirah Sharif. The film was released on Netflix on November 17, 2017. A sequel, titled A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, was released in 2018.

Carnival Row

Carnival Row is an upcoming American neo-noir fantasy web television series created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham that is set to premiere in 2019 on Amazon Video. The series was directed by Jon Amiel and stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.

Ghost Story (1981 film)

Ghost Story is a 1981 American horror film directed by John Irvin and based on the 1979 book of the same name by Peter Straub. It stars Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., John Houseman and Craig Wasson (in a dual role). The female lead role was played by Alice Krige in a dual role as Eva Galli/Alma Mobley. It follows a group of elderly businessmen in New England who gather to recount their involvement in a woman's death decades prior when one of them suspects her ghost has been haunting him.

It was the last film to feature Astaire, Fairbanks, and Douglas (who died four months before the film's release), and the first film to feature Michael O'Neill. The film was shot in Woodstock, Vermont; Saratoga Springs, New York; and at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. It was released in the United States on December 18, 1981.

Haunted Summer

Haunted Summer is a 1988 drama film directed by Ivan Passer.

In the Company of Spies

In the Company of Spies (also known as The Agency) is a 1999 made-for-television spy thriller film directed by Tim Matheson and starring Tom Berenger, Ron Silver, Alice Krige, and Clancy Brown.

Institute Benjamenta

Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life, released in 1996, was the first feature-length film by the Brothers Quay, produced by Keith Griffiths and Janine Marmot. It is based on Jakob von Gunten, a novel written by Robert Walser. It stars Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, and Gottfried John.

King David (film)

King David is a 1985 American epic historical drama film about the life of the second King of the Land of Israel, David. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, produced by Martin Elfand and written by Andrew Birkin. The film stars Richard Gere in the title role, alongside ensemble cast such as: Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley, Cherie Lunghi, Hurd Hatfield, Jack Klaff, John Castle, Tim Woodward, George Eastman, Christopher Malcolm, Gina Bellman and James Coombes in supporting roles.

King David was released by Paramount Pictures which was also the production company, on March 29, 1985, while in other countries it was released in 1986 and 1987. Upon release, the film received mostly negative reviews aimed for its screenplay writing, pace, some of the acting and the action sequences. However, Gere's performance and the cinematography were praised. In addition to being a critical failure, the film was also a box office failure with grossing $5.9 million worldwide against its $21 million production budget.


Krige may refer to the following people:

Krige (surname), a surname, common in South Africa

Alice Krige (born 1954), actress best known for her role in the Star Trek series as the Borg Queen

Danie G. Krige (born 1919), South African mining engineer who pioneered the field of geostatistics

Corné Krige (born 1975), South African rugby union footballer

Uys Krige (1910–1987), South African writer, poet, playwright, translator, rugby player, war correspondent and romantic

Lady Jessica

Lady Jessica is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. A main character in the 1965 novel Dune, Jessica also plays an important role in the later installment Children of Dune (1976). The events surrounding Jessica's conception, her birth and her early years with Leto are chronicled in the Prelude to Dune prequel trilogy (1999–2001) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. The character is brought back as a ghola in the Herbert/Anderson sequels which conclude the original series, Hunters of Dune (2006) and Sandworms of Dune (2007).

Jessica is described in Dune as having "hair like shaded bronze ... and green eyes" as well as an "oval face." This shape is later notable as a marker of Jessica's bloodline.Lady Jessica was portrayed by Francesca Annis in the 1984 David Lynch film Dune. Saskia Reeves played the role in the 2000 Sci-Fi Channel TV miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune, and was succeeded by Alice Krige in the 2003 sequel, Frank Herbert's Children of Dune. Rebecca Ferguson will portray Jessica in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve film Dune.

According to the dedication of The Road to Dune (2005), the character of Jessica is patterned after Frank Herbert's wife Beverly Herbert.

What can I say about Jessica? Given the opportunity, she would attempt Voice on God.

Max and Helen

Max and Helen is a 1990 American drama film directed by Philip Saville and written by Corey Blechman. It is based on the 1982 book Max and Helen by Simon Wiesenthal. The film stars Treat Williams, Alice Krige, Martin Landau, Jonny Phillips, Adam Kotz and Jodhi May. The film premiered on TNT on 8 January 1990.

See You in the Morning (film)

See You in the Morning is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Alan J. Pakula, and starring Jeff Bridges, Alice Krige and Farrah Fawcett. It features music by Nat King Cole and Cherri Red. The film's music was composed by Michael Small.

Sharpe's Honour (TV programme)

Sharpe's Honour is a 1994 British television drama, the fifth of a series screened on the ITV network that follows the career of Richard Sharpe, a fictional British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. It is based on the novel of the same name by Bernard Cornwell.

Sleepwalkers (film)

Sleepwalkers (also known as Stephen King's Sleepwalkers) is a 1992 American horror film written by Stephen King and directed by Mick Garris. The film stars Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick and Alice Krige, who respectively portray Charles Brady, Tanya Robertson, and Mary Brady. The film revolves around the last two survivors of a vampiric shapeshifting species that feed on the life force of human female virgins.

The Calling (2000 film)

The Calling is a 2000 straight-to-video horror film directed by Richard Caesar. The film stars Laura Harris, Richard Lintern, Francis Magee, Alex Roe, and Alice Krige.

The Contract (2006 film)

The Contract is a 2006 German-American film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by television writer Stephen Katz and John Darrouzet. A cat-and-mouse thriller, The Contract stars Morgan Freeman as assassin Frank Carden and John Cusack as teacher Ray Keene. Released directly to video in the United States and most of Europe, The Contract received little critical notice, despite its high-profile cast.

The Little Vampire (film)

The Little Vampire is a 2000 German-Dutch-American comedy horror film based on the children's book series of the same name by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, about a boy who tries to save a young vampire and his family from a ruthless vampire hunter. It was directed by Uli Edel and written by Karey Kirkpatrick and Larry Wilson. The film stars Jonathan Lipnicki, Rollo Weeks, Richard E. Grant, Jim Carter and Alice Krige.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010 film)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 American action-fantasy film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the team behind the National Treasure franchise. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, and Monica Bellucci.

The film is named after a segment in Disney's 1940 film Fantasia called The Sorcerer's Apprentice starring Mickey Mouse (with one scene being an extensive reference to it), which in turn is based on the late-1890s symphonic poem by Paul Dukas and the 1797 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ballad. Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage), a "Merlinean", is a sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan, fighting against the forces of evil, in particular his nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), while searching for the person who will eventually inherit Merlin's powers ("The Prime Merlinean"). This turns out to be Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a physics student, whom Balthazar takes as a reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling apprentice a crash course in the art of science, magic, and sorcery, in order to stop Horvath and Morgana le Fay (Alice Krige) from raising the souls of the evil dead sorcerers ("Morganians") and destroying the world.

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