Nina Sosanya

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Nina Sosanya
Born (1969-06-06) 6 June 1969 (age 50)
London, England
Years active1992–present

Nina Sosanya (born 6 June 1969) is an English stage, television, and film actress, most notable for her roles in W1A and Last Tango in Halifax.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Sosanya was born in London, to a Nigerian father and an English mother.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[4]

She reads the part of Sephy on the audio book versions of Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series.

In January 2010, Sosanya appeared as Mae Pollock in Tennessee Williams' play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, at the Novello Theatre, London.[4]

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.[4]

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,[1] 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.[1][5]

In 2014 she appeared in the world premiere production of Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse, London.[6] In 2016 she appeared in the world premiere production of Elegy at the Donmar Warehouse.[7]

She had recurring appearances in episodes of Shetland.


Year Film Role Notes
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
Code 46 Anya
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)
Manderlay Rose
Lie Still Veronica
ShakespeaRe-Told Margaret TV series (1 episode: "Much Ado About Nothing")
2006 Renaissance Reparez Voice
Doctor Who Trish Webber TV series (1 episode: "Fear Her")
Sorted Nancy TV series (6 episodes)
Wide Sargasso Sea Christophine TV film
2007 Kitchen Christine 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)
2015 The Vote Laura Williams[8] 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 Hilda Additional Voices (voice) TV series (13 episodes)
2019 Killing Eve Jess TV series (4 episodes)
2019 Good Omens Sister Mary Loquacious Miniseries
TBA Brave New World Mustafa Mond Main cast, upcoming series


  1. ^ a b c d Lawson, Mark (11 July 2016). "Nina Sosanya: 'I was always a minority – even in my own family'". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Absolutely Everything About Nina Sosanya Isn't Very Much". Old Ain't Dead. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. ^ Frost, Caroline (2 April 2014). "Star Of 'W1A', Now 'Shetland'... Who IS Nina Sosanya?". HuffPost.
  4. ^ a b c d "Nina Sosanya". Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  5. ^ Newall, Sally (14 April 2016). "Why you should be watching ITV's Marcella". The Independent. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Cast: Donmar Privacy, Globe Titus, Payne's Incognito and Gray's four plays". Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  7. ^ Shenton, Mark. "Casting Announced for Donmar Warehouse Premiere of Elegy; to Include Zoë Wanamaker". Playbill. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  8. ^ "The Vote (TV Movie 2015)". IMDb. Retrieved 21 November 2017.

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