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Queen Nala, an African lioness, is the deuteragonist of The Lion King. She also appears in both of the film's direct-to-video sequels, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) (once again as the deuteragonist) and the The Lion King 1½ (2004). She is the daughter of Nala's Father and Sarafina, the mate of Simba, the mother of Kion and Kiara, and the mother-in-law of Kovu. As a beautiful adult, Nala's speaking voice is provided by Moira Kelly, while Sally Dworsky provides her singing voice. As a cute and pretty cub, Niketa Calame provides her speaking voice, while Laura Williams does her singing. She is inspired by the William Shakespeare character, Ophelia from "Hamlet" as well as Osamu Tezuka's Kimba the White Lion character, Kitty.