Alice Maud Krige (//; 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.
Krige was born in Upington, Cape Province, Union of 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 describes as a "very happy family", with two brothers, both of whom became physicians. She left for London, England, in 1976, with plans to become a clinical psychologist, but turned to acting after an experience in an acting class at Rhodes University. She then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
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'sArms and the Man. This early theatrical success allowed her to also work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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 what she called "tons of TV" in both the United States and the United Kingdom, including made for television movies from Baja Oklahoma (1988) and Ladykiller (1992), to mini-series such as Ellis Island (1984) and Scarlet and Black (1993). She also performed in several horror films, including Ghost Story, Sleepwalkers, Stay Alive, and Silent Hill.
In Star Trek: First Contact, she 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. Krige returned to this character in the Star Trek game Star Trek: Armada II and in the Star Trek: Voyager series finale "Endgame" in 2001.
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 was a major supporting character throughout the BBCs final season (Series 10) of Spooks, playing Russian double agent Elena Gavrik. Krige also featured in the final season of BBC drama Waking the Dead, in 2011.
Krige is married to the writer and director Paul Schoolman.
|BBC: Play for Today||1979||TV series||??|
|A Tale of Two Cities||1980||TV||Lucie Manette|
|Chariots of Fire||1981||Sybil Gordon|
|Ghost Story||1981||Eva Galli/Alma Mobley|
|The Professionals||1982||TV series||Diana Molner|
|Ellis Island||1984||(mini) TV series||Bridget O'Donnell|
|Wallenberg: A Hero's Story||1985||TV||Baroness Lisl Kemeny|
|Murder, She Wrote||1985||TV series||Nita Cochran|
|Dream West||1986||(mini) TV series||Jessie Benton Fremont|
|Baja Oklahoma||1988||TV||Patsy Cline|
|Haunted Summer||1988||Mary Godwin|
|See You in the Morning||1989||Beth Goodwin|
|Max and Helen||1990||TV||Helen Weiss|
|The Strauss Dynasty||1991||(mini) TV series||Olga|
|Amérique en otage, L||1991||TV||Parveneh Limbert|
|The Hidden Room||1991||TV series||Jennifer|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||1992||TV series||Anne Berrisford|
|Judgment Day: The John List Story||1993||TV||Jean Syfert|
|Double Deception||1993||TV||Pamela Sparrow|
|Scarlet and Black||1993||(mini) BBC TV series||Madame de Renal|
|Jack Reed: Badge of Honor||1993||TV||Joan Anatole|
|Sharpe's Honour||1994||TV||La Marquesa|
|Devil's Advocate||1995||TV||Alessandra Locatelli|
|Institute Benjamenta||1995||Lisa Benjamenta|
|Donor Unknown||1995||TV||Alice Stillman|
|Star Trek: First Contact||1996||Borg Queen|
|Hidden in America||1996||TV||Dee|
|Twilight of the Ice Nymphs||1997||Zephyr Eccles|
|Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan||1997||TV||Rebecca Daly|
|The Commissioner||1998||Isabelle Morton|
|Close Relations||1998||(mini) TV series||Louise|
|Welome to Paradox||1998||TV series||Aura Mendoza|
|Deep in My Heart||1999||TV||Annalise Jurgenson|
|Molokai: The Story of Father Damien||1999||Mother Marianne Cope|
|In the Company of Spies||1999||TV||Sarah Gold|
|Becker||1999||TV series||Sondra Rush|
|The Little Vampire||2000||Freda Sackville-Bagg|
|The Calling||2000||Elizabeth Plummer|
|Star Trek: Armada II||2001||VG (voice)||Borg Queen|
|Star Trek: Voyager||2001||TV series||Borg Queen|
|Dinotopia||2002||(mini) TV series||Rosemary Waldo|
|Six Feet Under||2002||TV||Alma|
|Reign of Fire||2002||Karen Abercromby|
|The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton||2003||TV||Snubby Eaton|
|Frank Herbert's Children of Dune||2003||(mini) TV series||Lady Jessica|
|Threat Matrix||2003–2004||TV series||Senator Lilly Randolph|
|The Mystery of Natalie Wood||2004||TV||Maria Gurdin|
|Star Trek: The Experience - Borg Invasion 4D||2004||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas||Borg Queen|
|Shadow of Fear||2004||Margie Henderson|
|Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure||2005||TV||Joan Collins|
|Deadwood||2004||TV series||Maddie (2005)|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||2006||TV series||Gillian Booth|
|Stay Alive||2006||The Author|
|The Line of Beauty||2006||TV||Rachel Fedden|
|The 4400||2006||TV series||Sarah Rutledge|
|Lonely Hearts||2006||Janet Fay|
|Ten Inch Hero||2007||Zo|
|Heroes and Villains: Napoleon||2007||TV||Letizia Ramolino|
|Solomon Kane||2008||Katherine Crowthorn|
|Midsomer Murders||2009||TV series||Jenny Frazer|
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice||2010||Morgana|
|Waking the Dead||2011||TV||Karen Harding|
|Page Eight||2011||TV Film||Emma Baron|