When a viewer recently requested our weekly tidbits column feature Nina Sosanya, who played Kate in Last Tango in Halifax, I promptly agreed. Figuring, it wouldn't be too hard to find out more about the 45 year old actress with over 25 years experience. How wrong I was!
Sosanya appears to be one of those rare breeds who avoids the spotlight unless she's on stage. Other than an extensive resumé, and the occasional interview strictly geared towards a show she might be promoting, there is virtually nothing to be discovered about her personal life. Ironically, Privacy was the name of the last play the publicity-elusive actress starred in this past spring at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End. So out of respect for Sosanya's privacy, this column will focus mainly on her achievements as an actress.
The 5'8" tall Sosanya, whose father is Nigerian, was born in London in 1969. Her background was as a dancer, where she trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. After leaving it didn't take the actress long before she was playing lead roles in such Shakespeare classics as Othello (Desdemona), Twelfth Night (Olivia), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia). With those great roles and others to put on her resume, Sosanya joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Performing Shakespeare is obviously one of Sosanya's strengths as she followed up her time at the RSC with a production of Anthony & Cleopatra at the National Theatre, where she played Iras. That production was in 1998 and also starred Helen Mirren as Cleopatra.
Sosanya had previously worked with Mirren, in Prime Suspect 2 in 1992. It was her first television role. Another television show you might have seen her in was Casanova, which starred David Tenant in the title role. Sosanya teamed up with Tenant again in Doctor Who. She was also in the courtroom drama Silk.
Although Sosanya seems to go from job to job film and television-wise, she has only one film credit; the 2003 film Love Actually, which also starred Hugh Grant. 2003 was also when Sosanya appeared as Rosalind in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of As You Like It which came to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The soft-spoken actress shared her thoughts about the play and her role and you can find that interview here.
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