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|Born||Oluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku
31 July 1986
Wunmi Mosaku (born 31 July 1986) is a Nigerian-born British actress, best known for her role as Joy in the 2009 BBC Two miniseries Moses Jones, for which she was awarded "Best Actress in a Miniseries" at the Roma Fiction Festival.
Mosaku was born in Zaria, Nigeria, and subsequently emigrated to Manchester, England, where she attended Trinity Church of England High School and Xaverian Sixth Form College. She also sang for eleven years in the Manchester Girls Choir.
2007 to Present
Mosaku graduated from RADA in 2007 and made her stage debut at the Arcola Theatre in a production of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's The Great Theatre of the World. Since then she has also appeared in Rough Crossings, directed by Rupert Goold and based on the book by Simon Schama, at the Lyric Hammersmith; The Vertical Hour by David Hare and Truth and Reconciliation, both at the Royal Court Theatre and Mules at the Young Vic. In 2009 she appeared in Katrina a verbatim play which told six people's stories of their struggles of survival when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans August 2005. Mosaku was originally cast as Sophie in the UK premiere of Ruined by Lynn Nottage at the Almeida Theatre but unfortunately had to pull out due to an injury.
In 2008, she appeared in the first of the UNDEREXPOSED exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery designed to raise the profile of black role models and celebrates the talent that exists among the Black British community. Her photo also appeared on Commercial Way, Peckham, London, as part of the exhibition.
In 2010 Wunmi Mosaku was named one of The Seven Fresh Faces of Toronto International Film Festival, for I Am Slave, in which she starred. She plays Malia, a girl who has been kidnapped from her village in Sudan, and sold into slavery. For her performance Mosaku won awards such as Best Actress at the Birmingham Black Film Festival, Best Onscreen performance at the Cultural Diversity Awards and Best Female performance at the Screen Nation Awards.
|2007||*Sold: Episode #1.5||Firefighter||ITV|
|2008||Never Better: "First Week Euphoria"||Server||BBC Two|
|2008||Doctors: "Who Do You Think You Are Kidding?"||Nurse Kelly Strathairn||BBC One|
|2008||The Bill: "Trial and Error: Part 1"||Sophie Oduya||ITV|
|2009||Moses Jones||Joy||BBC Two|
|2010||Silent Witness||Charlie Gibbs||BBC One|
|2010||One Night in Emergency||Beautiful Nurse||BBC Scotland television film|
|2010||Father & Son||Stacey Cox||RTÉ One, ITV|
|2010||Law & Order: UK||Tamika Vincent||ITV|
|2011||32 Brinkburn Street||Joy||BBC One|
|2011||The Body Farm||Rosa Gilbert||BBC One|
|2012||Dancing on the Edge||Carla||BBC Two|
|2006||The Women of Troy||Helen of Troy||Phil Hawkins|
|2010||I Am Slave||Malia||Gabriel Range|
|2011||Stolen||Sonia Carney||Justin Chadwick|
- Drama on 3: The Vertical Hour (2008), on BBC Radio 3, as Terri Scholes
- Drama on 4 Normal and Nat (2009) on BBC Radio 4 as Shanice
- Drama on 4 Amazing Grace (2010) on BBC Radio 4 as Grace