Nina Sosanya Biography
Sun Sign: Gemini
Born Country: England
Born in: Islington, London, England
Famous as: Actress
City: London, England
education: Conservatoire for Dance & Drama, Catmose College
awards: Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nina Sosanya is an actress from England who has garnered fame for portraying Lucy Freeman in the TV series ‘W1A’ and Kate McKenzie in ‘Last Tango in Halifax’. A native of London, Sosanya studied at the Vale of Catmose College in Oakham before receiving training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, obtaining A-Levels in performing arts. She began her acting career on stage. Her breakthrough role was in a production of ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ at the National Theatre. She made her screen debut in 1992 in an episode of the police procedural drama series ‘The Bill’. She had her first significant television stint in the Channel 4 series ‘Teachers’. In 2003, she appeared on the big screen for the first time, in the sci-fi romance drama ‘Code 46’. Active in the industry for nearly three decades, she has accumulated over 60 film and TV credits and numerous theatre credits. In recent years, she has played significant roles in shows like ‘Marcella’, ‘Strike Back: Retribution’, and ‘Good Omens’. As part of the cast of the 2003 romantic comedy ‘Love Actually,’ Sosanya along with her co-stars was nominated for a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast in 2004.
- Nina Sosanya began her professional life on stage. She delivered a breakout performance in a production of ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ at the National Theatre. In 2003, she performed as Rosalind in ‘As You Like It’ with the Royal Shakespeare Company ("RSC") at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2008, she came back to the RSC to portray Rosaline in ‘Love's Labour's Lost’. A year later, she was cast in a radio adaptation of a story from the short-story collection ‘The State of the Art’. In January 2010, Sosanya essayed the role of Mae Pollock in Tennessee Williams' ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at the Novello Theatre, London. In 2014, she was featured in the world premiere production of ‘Privacy’ at the Donmar Warehouse, London. She also performed in the world premiere production of ‘Elegy’ at the same venue in 2016.
- After making her screen debut in the TV series ‘The Bill’ in 1992, she played various small roles in shows like ‘Prime Suspect 2’ (1992), ‘Jonathan Creek’ (2000), ‘and ‘Urban Gothic’ (2000). Between 2001 and 2002, she portrayed Jenny Paige in the first two series of Channel 4’s comedy-drama show ‘Teachers’. In 2002, she portrayed Marcia Thomas in the ITV legal drama series ‘The Jury’.
- Sosanya had her cinematic debut in Michael Winterbottom’s 2003 directorial venture ‘Code 46’. That year, she also starred in the instant classic romantic comedy film ‘Love Actually’, portraying Annie, an aid to the British Prime Minister (Hugh Grant).
- In 2005, she was cast in the Channel 4 sitcom ‘Nathan Barley’. She shared the screen space with the likes of David Tennant and Peter O'Toole in the BBC Three mini-series ‘Casanova’. In Lars von Trier’s avant-garde drama film ‘Manderlay’, she was cast as Rose, a slave living in a plantation where slavery persists 70 years after the American Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.
- In 2006, Sosanya guest-starred in an episode of the long-running BBC sci-fi series ‘Doctor Who’. In the six-part BBC television drama series ‘Sorted’, she portrayed a supporting character named Nancy. She was cast as Sinead Burns in the 2007 telefilm ‘Reichenbach Falls’, which is an adaptation of a short story by Ian Rankin.
- In 2008, she appeared in the BBC miniseries ‘Messiah: The Rapture’. She bagged a role in the 2012 BBC comedy-drama series ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ that was written by Sally Wainwright. The series revolves around two childhood sweethearts who are reunited in their 70s. Sosanya was cast as the romantic partner of the daughter of one of the two protagonists.
- She had a role in the comedy series ‘W1A’ that ran on BBC Two from March 19, 2014, to October 23, 2017. It was a sequel to ‘Twenty Twelve’, the BAFTA-winning BBC series about the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sosanya’s character, Lucy Freeman, works as a producer and later head of inclusivity at BBC, where the story of the show is set. In 2015, she worked with Catherine Tate and Mark Gatiss in the play, ‘The Vote’, which was performed in the months leading up to the UK 2015 General Election and was broadcast live on More4 on the election night.
- In 2016, she appeared as Detective Chief Inspector Laura Porter in the ITV Scandinavian noir show ‘Marcella’. In 2017, she returned to the big screen in the romantic comedy ‘You, Me and Him’. Sosanya played Colonel Adeena Donovan, the British Army commanding officer of the revived Section 20, in ‘Strike Back: Retribution’, the sixth series and second revamp of Sky One’s action show ‘Strike Back’.
- Sosanya starred as Sister Mary Loquacious in the 2019 miniseries ‘Good Omens’. The series was created for Amazon Prime and BBC by Neil Gaiman, who wrote the original novel with Terry Pratchett. She is set to appear in the upcoming TV shows ‘Little Birds’ and ‘Brave New World’.
- Born on June 6, 1969, in Islington, London, England, UK, Sosanya is the daughter of a Nigerian father and an English mother. She was a student at the Vale of Catmose College in Oakham for a brief period. Later, she joined the Northern School of Contemporary Dance for extensive training, ultimately earning A-Levels in performing arts.
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