6 June 1969 |
London, England, UK
Early life and education
She was born in London, to a Nigerian father and an English mother. For a short time, she attended the Vale of Catmose College in Oakham and later trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, gaining A-Levels in performing arts.
She has appeared in many roles in the theatre, on television and in films. Her first big break in theatre was in Anthony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre, and with the 2001 series Teachers. She also appeared in Sorted, People Like Us, Love Actually, Nathan Barley, Renaissance, Casanova, as Karen Blaine in the Jonathan Creek episode "The Three Gamblers", Much Ado About Nothing, Cape Wrath/Meadowlands, the Doctor Who episode "Fear Her", and FM.
In 2003, she played Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company ("RSC") at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; in 2008 she returned to the RSC to play Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost and in 2009 appeared in a radio adaptation of a story from the short story collection The State of the Art.
She reads the part of Sephy on the audio book versions of Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series.
She appeared as Colly Trent in series 2 of the BBC television drama, Five Days. She appeared in the BBC4 television series Twenty Twelve, a comedy about the London 2012 Olympic buildup, and the BBC1 drama series Silk and Hustle. She also made a brief appearance in the children's CBBC science fiction series, Wizards vs Aliens as Benny Sherwood's mother, Trisha.
Sosanya played the character Alibe Silver in Treasure Island (2012). She has played a main character, Kate McKenzie, in series one to three of the BBC original drama Last Tango in Halifax during 2012-2015, and a main character, Lucy Freeman, in the TV series W1A in 2014. In 2015, she starred with Catherine Tate and Mark Gatiss in a new play, The Vote, in the run-up to the UK 2015 General Election. In 2016, she started in the play Young Chekhov trilogy and as DCI Laura Porter in the ITV series Marcella.
|1992||The Bill||Linda||TV series (1 episode: "World to Rights")|
|Prime Suspect 2||Joanne Fagunwa||TV film|
|1994||Hercules and the Amazon Women||Chilla||TV film|
|2000||Jonathan Creek||Karen Blaine||TV series (1 episode: "The Three Gamblers")|
|Doctors||Jasmine||TV series (1 episode: "Late Action Hero")|
|Urban Gothic||Ezili/Gabrielle||TV series (1 episode: "Deptford Voodoo")|
|2001||People Like Us||Cassie Pearson||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Teachers||Jenny Paige||TV series (18 episodes: 2001-2002)|
|2002||The Jury||Marcia Thomas||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2003||Serious and Organised||Emma Brown||TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.3")|
|The Debt||DI Kate Jaspers||TV film|
|Love Actually||Annie||Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast|
|2005||The Afternoon Play||Claire Cotton||TV series (1 episode: "The Good Citizen")|
|Nathan Barley||Sasha||TV series (5 episodes)|
|No Angels||Maggie McDonald||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 2.2")|
|Casanova||Bellino||TV mini-series (3 episodes)|
|ShakespeaRe-Told||Margaret||TV series (1 episode: "Much Ado About Nothing")|
|Doctor Who||Trish Webber||TV series (1 episode: "Fear Her")|
|Sorted||Nancy||TV series (6 episodes)|
|Wide Sargasso Sea||Christophine||TV film|
|Reichenbach Falls||Sinead Burns||TV film|
|Cape Wrath||Samantha||TV series (8 episodes)|
|Sold||Kate||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.1")|
|2008||Messiah: The Rapture||Sarah Templar||TV mini-series|
|Bonekickers||Rachel||TV series (1 episode: "The Cradle of Civilisation")|
|2009||FM||Jane Edwards||TV series (6 episodes)|
|Framed||Marnie Pope||TV film|
|2010||Five Days||Colly Trent||TV series (5 episodes)|
|2011||Twenty Twelve||Nina Christiani||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.2")|
|Silk||Kate Brockman||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2012||Hustle||Linda Runcorn||TV series (1 episode: "Curiosity Caught the Kat")|
|Treasure Island||Alibe Silver||TV film|
|Vera||Chief Superintendent Rachel Waite||TV series (1 episode: "The Ghost Position")|
|Silent Witness||DS Brooks||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Lewis||Lilian Hunter||TV series (1 episode: "The Indelible Stain")|
|Wizards vs Aliens||Trisha Sherwood||TV series (1 episode: "Grazlax Attacks, Part 1")|
|Last Tango in Halifax||Kate McKenzie||TV series (18 episodes: 2012-2015)|
|2014||Shetland||Willow Reeves||TV series (2 episodes: "Dead Water, Parts 1 & 2")|
|W1A||Lucy Freeman||TV series (10 episodes)|
|2016||David Brent: Life on the Road||Dr Vivienne Keating||Feature film|
|Marcella||DCI Laura Porter||TV series (8 episodes)|
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- "Absolutely Everything About Nina Sosanya Isn't Very Much - Old Ain't Dead". Old Ain't Dead. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
- Frost, Caroline (2 April 2014). "Star Of 'W1A', Now 'Shetland'... Who IS Nina Sosanya?". The Huffington Post.
- "Nina Sosanya". Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- Newall, Sally (14 April 2016). "Why you should be watching ITV's Marcella". The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2016.