Alice Maud Krige is her real name, but fondly and widely called Alice Krige.
She is a renowned South African actress and producer who made her first appearance in a movie, Chariots of Fire (1981) as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon.
She also played the dual role of Eva Galli/Alma Mobley in Ghost Story (1981) and the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
Krige was born on June 28, 1954 in Upington, Cape Province (now Northern Cape), South Africa to the family of Louis Krige, a physician and Patricia, a professor of psychology.
The family later moved to Port Elizabeth, where Alice and her other two brothers grew up in what she described as a “very happy family”.
Alice Krige Educational Background
Krige attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa with plans to become a Clinical Psychologist. But as fate would have it, she eventually made a career in acting after she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama, with distinction.
Krige also went to London to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Alice Krige’s Career
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 ahead to play Sybil Gordon in Chariots of Fire and Eva Galli/Alma Mobley in Ghost Story, both in 1981 and earned a Plays and Players Award.
Krige also received 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.
She then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Cordelia in King Lear and in Edward Bond’s Lear, Miranda in The Tempest, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, and Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac.
She has since appeared in several plays and television series such as Thomas Otway’s Venice Preserv’d at the Almeida Theatre in London and Toyer at the Arts Theatre in the West End, Bathsheba in King David (1985) and Mary Shelley in Haunted Summer (1988) and has appeared in such horror movies like Ghost Story, Sleepwalkers, Silent Hill and Gretel & Hansel and many others.
Alice Krige won Best Supporting Actress at the 1997 Saturn Awards for that role.
In 2021, she reprised her role as the Borg Queen in voice only for the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Her science fiction career has expanded into television, with prominent roles in miniseries adaptations of Dinotopia and Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune.
The beautiful and exceptionally talented South African movie star has so far 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.
In 2012, Krige 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.
Krige still remains very active and relevant in the movie world. In 2020, she starred in a popular movie, The Alienist: Angel of Darkness.
In 2021, she starred in another hit movie, Star Trek: Lower Decks.
Her Personal life
Krige happily married a writer and director, Paul Schoolman in 1988.
Alice Krige’s Net Worth
Alice Krige has remained one of the highly celebrated South African movie star, indeed a living legend with an estimated net worth of over $3 million dollars.
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