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Saturday, 26 September 2015

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-BRITISH " WUNMI MOSAKU " IS AN ACTRESS, BEST KNOWN FOR HER ROLE AS JOY IN THE 2009 BBC TWO MINI SERIES "MOSES JONES" OF WHICH SHE WON AN AWARD : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Wunmi Mosaku


Wunmi Mosaku
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Mosaku at The Old Vic, Sunday, 14 November, 2010
BornOluwunmi Olapeju Mosaku
31 July 1986 (age 29)
ZariaNigeria
OccupationActress
Years active2006–present
Wunmi Mosaku (born 31 July 1986) is a Nigerian-born British actress,[1] best known for her role as Joy in the 2009 BBC Twominiseries Moses Jones, for which she was awarded "Best Actress in a Miniseries" at the Roma Fiction Festival.

Early life

Mosaku was born in ZariaNigeria, and subsequently emigrated to ManchesterEngland, where she attended Trinity Church of England High School and Xaverian Sixth Form College. She also sang for eleven years in the Manchester Girls Choir.

2007 to Present

Mosaku graduated from RADA in 2007 and made her stage debut at the Arcola Theatre in a production of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's The Great Theatre of the World. Since then she has also appeared in Rough Crossings, directed by Rupert Goold and based on the book by Simon Schama, at the Lyric HammersmithThe Vertical Hour by David Hare and Truth and Reconciliation, both at the Royal Court Theatre and Mules at the Young Vic. In 2009 she appeared in Katrina a verbatim play which told six people's stories of their struggles of survival whenHurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans August 2005. Mosaku was originally cast as Sophie in the UK premiere of Ruined by Lynn Nottage at the Almeida Theatre but had to pull out due to an injury.
In 2008, she appeared in the first of the UNDEREXPOSED exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery designed to raise the profile of black role models and celebrates the talent that exists among the Black British community. Her photo also appeared on Commercial Way, Peckham, London, as part of the exhibition.
She featured on the front cover of Screen International magazine June–July 2009 as one of the UK Stars of Tomorrow, and in 2011 was featured in Nylon Magazine's 2011 Young Hollywood issue.
In 2010 Wunmi Mosaku was named one of The Seven Fresh Faces of Toronto International Film Festival, for I Am Slave,[2] in which she starred. She plays Malia, a girl who has been kidnapped from her village in Sudan, and sold into slavery. For her performance Mosaku won awards such as Best Actress at the Birmingham Black Film Festival, Best Onscreen performance at the Cultural Diversity Awards and Best Female performance at the Screen Nation Awards.

Personal life

When asked to list her personal heroes, Mosaku included her grandmother Anike Adisa, whom she described as having "taught me so many lessons", actor Albert Finney who Mosaku said was her inspiration for attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, her colleague and former instructor at RADA, William GaskillPaul Newman who she stated she admired not just for his acting but also for his philanthropic efforts with Newman's Own, and Oprah Winfrey who Mosaku said she considers "a superwoman."[3]

Filmography

Television

YearShowRoleNotes
2007*Sold: Episode #1.5FirefighterITV
2008Never Better: "First Week Euphoria"ServerBBC Two
2008Doctors: "Who Do You Think You Are Kidding?"Nurse Kelly StrathairnBBC One
2008The Bill: "Trial and Error: Part 1"Sophie OduyaITV
2009Moses JonesJoyBBC Two
2010Silent WitnessCharlie GibbsBBC One
2010One Night in EmergencyBeautiful NurseBBC Scotland television film
2010Father & SonStacey CoxRTÉ OneITV
2010Law & Order: UKTamika VincentITV
2011VeraHolly LawsonITV
201132 Brinkburn StreetJoyBBC One
2011The Body FarmRosa GilbertBBC One
2011JoAngélique Alassane
2013Dancing on the EdgeCarlaBBC Two
TruckersBBC One
2014In the FleshMaxine MartinBBC Three
2015Don't Take My BabyBelindaBBC Three

Film

YearFilmRoleDirector
2006The Women of TroyHelen of TroyPhil Hawkins
2010HoneymoonerSeemaCol Spector
2010WombEricaBenedek Fliegauf
2010I Am SlaveMaliaGabriel Range
2011StolenSonia CarneyJustin Chadwick
2011CitadelMarieCiaran Foy
2013PhilomenaYoung nunStephen Frears

Radio