Kananu Kirimi

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Kananu Kirimi (born 1977) is a British actress.[1]


Kirimi was born in Nairobi, Kenya of a Kenyan father and Scottish mother.[1] Her early years were spent at Strathallan School in Perthshire, she then took a three-year course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[1]

Kirimi's career developed as a classical actor in the theatre taking roles such as Viola in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night and in Adrian Noble's 2002 Pericles, Prince of Tyre.[2][3] She received a commendation at the 2002 Ian Charleson Awards for her performance in Pericles.[4]

Film credits include the 2006 film, The Queen. In 2008 she starred as locum Dr. Joan Makori in the ITV1 drama series The Royal.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Goodbye, Mr Steadman WPC TV Film
2003 The Deal Press Secretary
2004 Trauma Carrie
2005 Ahead of the Class Beth Mayland
2006 The Queen Blair's PA


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Rockface Louise Dryden Episode 1.5
2004 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries WPC Mason
2004-2007 Waking the Dead Salma Ahmed/Sophie Davis Episode - Deus Ex Machina (2004) - In Sight of the Lord (2007)
2007 Sea of Souls Simone Episode - The Prayer Tree Part 1 & 2
2008 The Royal Dr Makori 10 episodes
2008 Holby City Lisa Carson 1 Episode - Pants on Fire


  1. ^ a b c "It isn't only Cinders who's having a ball". The Herald (Scotland). 27 November 2000. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Juliet played by Kananu Kirimi". Shakespeare's Globe. 2004. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Young, gifted and Scottish". The Sunday Times. 10 December 2000. p. 5. Retrieved 4 February 2015. A black, Gaelic-speaking Scottish actress, hailing from Kenya and the Kyle of Lochalsh, Kirimi has had a tumultuously successful nine months since leaving drama school early when an unturndownable part came her way. As first professional parts go, playing Miranda to Vanessa Redgrave's Prospero in the Globe Theatre's production of The Tempest takes some beating 
  4. ^ "Ian Charleson Awards 2002". www.iancharlesonawards.co.uk. 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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