Nina Sosanya

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

Nina Sosanya
Oluwakemi Nina Sosanya

(1969-06-06) 6 June 1969 (age 51)
Islington, London, England
Years active1992–present

Early life and educationEdit

Sosanya was born in Islington, 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.[citation needed]


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 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.[4]

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,[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 starred 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 Title Role Notes
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
Code 46 Anya
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"
Casanova Bellino 3 episodes
Manderlay Rose
Lie Still Veronica
ShakespeaRe-Told Margaret Episode: "Much Ado About Nothing"
2006 Renaissance Reparez Voice
Doctor Who Trish Webber Episode: "Fear Her"
Sorted Nancy 6 episodes
Wide Sargasso Sea Christophine Television film
2007 Kitchen Christine Television film
Reichenbach Falls Sinead Burns Television film
Cape Wrath Samantha 8 episodes
Sold Kate Episode: "1.1"
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")
Last Tango in Halifax Kate McKenzie TV series (18 episodes: 2012–2015)
2012–2013 Wizards vs Aliens Trisha Sherwood TV series (5 episodes)
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 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
Thunderbirds Are Go Asher (voice) Episode: "SOS - Part 1"
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[9]
Brave New World Mustafa Mond Main cast
Staged Jo TV comedy series
Little Birds Lili von X TV series
Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse Anne Landy TV Movie
2021 Staged Herself TV comedy 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. ^ "Absolutely Everything About Nina Sosanya Isn't Very Much". Old Ain't Dead. Retrieved 2 January 2016.[unreliable source?]
  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". Whats On Stage. 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.
  9. ^ Carr, Flora (10 June 2020). "Meet the cast of reality TV drama Make Me Famous". Radio Times. Retrieved 23 June 2020.

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