as Lieutenant Abbie Mills
Nicole Beharie was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and is 2003 graduate of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, a public residential high school in Greenville. Beharie was then accepted into the Juilliard School performing arts conservatory (Drama Division Group 36: 2003–2007). She was awarded a Shakespeare scholarship and trained in England.
She made her feature film debut in the 2008 film American Violet, where she played the leading role. Also in the same year she played Sarah Ward in the American sports film, The Express opposite actor Rob Brown. In the Lifetime movie, Sins of the Mother (2010) Beharie portrayed Shay Hunter, a struggling university student who goes on a journey to mend her fractured relationship with her mother Nona played by Jill Scott.
In 2011, she played a singer-songwriter opposite German actor Ken Duken in the romantic comedy My Last Day Without You. In the Russell Leigh Sharman film adaptation of his play Apartment 4E, Beharie played Piper, a troubled young woman who never leaves her apartment. Beharie played Marianne in the Steve McQueen film Shame, about a 30-something sex addict played by Michael Fassbender, his myriad sexual escapades, and what happens when his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves in with him. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe praised her performance, calling her "a marvel of natural transparency". In 2013 Beharie starred as Rachel Robinson, wife of Jackie Robinson, played by Chadwick Boseman, in the historical baseball feature 42.
In the June 2012 issue of GQ magazine, Beharie's Shame co-star Michael Fassbender stated that he and Beharie were dating. He stated that they began dating during the promotion of the movie Shame not during the film's production. In January 2013, Beharie announced their split on twitter.