Wunmi Mosaku is a British actress of African origin. Mosaku was born in Zaria, Nigeria and subsequently emigrated to Manchester, England 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.
Mosaku graduated from Royal Academy Dramatic Arts 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 Hammersmith; The Vertical Hour by David Hare at the Royal Court Theatre and Mules at the Young Vic. In 2009 she appeared in Katrina a verbatim play which told 6 people’s stories of their struggles of survival when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans August 2005. Wunmi was originally cast as Sophie in the UK premier of Ruined (play) by Lynn Nottage at the Almeida Theatre but unfortunately had to pull out due to an injury.
She is featured on the front cover of Screen International magazine June-July 2009 as one of the UK Stars of Tomorrow.
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.
The Women of Troy (2006), directed by Phil Hawkins, as Helen
Sold: Episode #1.5 (2007), on ITV, as Female Firefighter
Never Better: First Week Euphoria (2008), on BBC Two, as Female Server
Doctors: Who Do You Think You Are Kidding? (2008), on BBC One, as Nurse Kelly Strathairn
The Bill: Trial and Error: Part 1 (2008), on ITV, as Sophie Oduya
Drama on 3: The Vertical Hour (2008), on BBC Radio 3, as Terri Scholes
Moses Jones (2009), on BBC Two, as Joy
Father & Son (2009), on RTÉ One, as Stacey Cox
Silent Witness (2009, on BBC One as Charlie Gibbs
Womb (2009, directed by Benedek Fliegauf as Erica
One Night in Emergency (2009, on BBC One as Beautiful nurse
Drama on 4 Normal and Nat (2009) on BBC Radio 4 as Shanice
Honeymooner (2010), directed by Col Spector, as Seema