Naomie Harris has praised her mother for instilling strong values in her growing up and for making her believe that anything is possible.

Speaking in an interview with Red magazine, the Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom star said, "Mum has always been fearless. We didn't grow up with much money at all, but she was always willing to make brave choices.

"She instilled in me the belief that anything was possible. It makes for a very intense relationship when you have no other parent and you're an only child. If it has been instilled in you from a young age that anything is possible, you will ultimately come back to those beliefs, even when life knocks you down."

She added, "I hope, if I'm ever lucky enough to become a mother, I am able to pass that on to my children."

Harris plays Nelson Mandela's second wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, which is in cinemas now.