Nina Sosanya is an English actress popularly recognized for her roles in W1A and Last Tango in Halifax. She was born on June 6, 1969 in London, to a Nigerian father and an English mother. She attended the Vale of Catmose College in Oakham and before proceeding for trainings at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, gaining A-Levels in performing arts.
She made her acting debut in theatre in the play Anthony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre, and with the 2001 series Teachers. She also appeared in Sorted, People Like Us, Renaissance, Casanova, as Karen Blaine in the Jonathan Creek episode “The Three Gamblers”, Much Ado About Nothing, 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.
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In January 2010, Sosanya appeared as Mae Pollock in Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, at the Novello Theatre, London.
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. She had recurring appearances in episodes of Luther and Shetland.
In 2016 she appeared in the world premiere production of Elegy at the Donmar Warehouse.