London, October 22: Naomie Harris has revealed how she defeated school bullies and university discrimination, proving that with stunning looks and brains, she has all the qualities needed to be a brilliant Bond girl.
The 36-year-old, who has kept a low profile despite roles in '28 Days Later', 'Miami Vice' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean', is expected to become one of the most sought-after actresses for portraying an MI6 agent called Eve alongside Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond film 'Skyfall'.
The spotlight marks a major turnaround for her, who admits she was a "bookwormish" teenager with few friends, who "cried every day" during her time at Cambridge University.
As the only child of a single-mother on benefits from Finsbury Park, North London, the actress felt alienated by the scores of public-schooled students around her as she studied social and political sciences at Pembroke College.
"I hated Cambridge. I was very unhappy and cried every day," the Mirror quoted her as saying.
"I come from a very working-class background, so Cambridge was a huge culture shock. When I went Mum said I wouldn't fit in and she was right. The people there were so different to me and I couldn't connect with them on any level.
"They talked about Eton and skiing and here was I, this black girl from North London," she added. (ANI)