Oluwakemi Nina Sosanya
6 June 1969
Islington, London, England
Early life and education
Sosanya was born in Islington, 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.
Sosanya 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 BBC Four television series Twenty Twelve, a comedy about the London 2012 Olympic build up, and the BBC One 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 played a main character, Kate McKenzie, in series 1–3 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 starred in the play Young Chekhov trilogy and as DCI Laura Porter in the ITV series Marcella.
She had recurring appearances in episodes of Shetland.
|1992||The Bill||Linda||Episode: "World to Rights"|
|1992||Prime Suspect 2||Joanne Fagunwa||Television film|
|1994||Hercules and the Amazon Women||Chilla||Television film|
|2000||Jonathan Creek||Karen Blaine||Episode: "The Three Gamblers"|
|Doctors||Jasmine||Episode: "Late Action Hero"|
|Urban Gothic||Ezili/Gabrielle||Episode: "Deptford Voodoo"|
|2001||People Like Us||Cassie Pearson||2 episodes|
|2001–2002||Teachers||Jenny Paige||Main role|
|2002||The Jury||Marcia Thomas||6 episodes|
|2003||Serious and Organised||Emma Brown||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||Episode: "The Good Citizen". Radio play|
|Nathan Barley||Sasha||5 episodes|
|No Angels||Maggie McDonald||Episode: "2.2"|
|ShakespeaRe-Told||Margaret||Episode: "Much Ado About Nothing"|
|Doctor Who||Trish Webber||Episode: "Fear Her"|
|Wide Sargasso Sea||Christophine||Television film|
|Reichenbach Falls||Sinead Burns||Television film|
|Cape Wrath||Samantha||8 episodes|
|2008||Messiah: The Rapture||Sarah Templar||TV mini-series|
|Bonekickers||Rachel||Episode: "The Cradle of Civilisation"|
|2009||FM||Jane Edwards||6 episodes|
|Framed||Marnie Pope||TV film|
|2010||Five Days||Colly Trent||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)|
|2015||The Vote||Laura Williams||Play, broadcast live on TV|
|You, Me and the Apocalypse||U.S. Marshall Tess Carter||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2016||David Brent: Life on the Road||Dr Vivienne Keating||Feature film|
|Marcella||DCI Laura Porter||TV series (8 episodes)|
|2017||You, Me and Him||Dr. Parks||Feature film|
|Nile Rodgers: How to Make it in the Music Business||Narrator||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Strike Back: Retribution||Colonel Adeena Donovan||TV series (10 episodes)|
|The Highway Rat||Duck (voice)||Television film|
|2018||Killing Eve||Jess||TV series (4 episodes)|
|Hilda||Additional Voices (voice)||TV series (13 episodes)|
|2019||Moon and Me||Narrator||TV series (50 episodes)|
|Red Joan||Ms Hart – Special Branch||Feature film|
|Good Omens||Sister Mary Loquacious||Miniseries|
|The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance||Maudra Mera (voice)||Episode: "By Gelfling Hand..."|
|His Dark Materials||Elaine Parry||TV series|
|2020||Make Me Famous||Stephanie||Television film|
|2020||Brave New World||Mustafa Mond||Main cast, upcoming series|
|2020||Staged||Jo||TV comedy series|
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- "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.
- "Cast: Donmar Privacy, Globe Titus, Payne's Incognito and Gray's four plays". Whats On Stage. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
- Shenton, Mark. "Casting Announced for Donmar Warehouse Premiere of Elegy; to Include Zoë Wanamaker". Playbill. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
- "The Vote (TV Movie 2015)". IMDb. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
- Carr, Flora (10 June 2020). "Meet the cast of reality TV drama Make Me Famous". Radio Times. Retrieved 23 June 2020.