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Muna Otaru – Actress

Muna Otaru is best known for her critically acclaimed performance in the leading role of ‘Mad’ in the American action thriller film THE KEEPING ROOM and for her role of single mother ‘Helen Oyenusi’ in hit BBC drama BROKEN alongside Sean Bean and Anna Friel.

Screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival, THE KEEPING ROOM was directed by Daniel Barber and the story captures three Southern women in the dying days of the American Civil War who must fight to defend their home. Starring alongside Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, Muna’s moving performance saw her garner international praise.

Most recently, BBC One’s original drama series BROKEN, directed by Award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern has been highly praised by international critics as a “rare masterpiece”.

Liverpool born Muna, can also be seen in American drama thrillers SYRIANA (2005) and RENDITION (2007). Muna also appeared in Robert Redford’s American war film LIONS FOR LAMBS (2007), which featured a stellar cast including Tom Cruise, Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.

Her other past credits include FROST/NIXON, a British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan. The film was directed by Ron Howard and received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Muna has also appeared in acclaimed TV series such as WHITECHAPEL, SWINGTOWN, LAW AND ORDER, LOST, COMMANDER IN CHIEF and THE WIRE.

Muna is passionate about cinematic history and story telling. She was asked by the Edinburgh International Book Festival to be a part of LETTERS HOME, a collection of four 20-minute short stories adapted for theatre. Muna starred in Chimamanda Ngozi’s DETAILS which tells the story of an email exchange between two people whose relationship is hampered not only by distance but also by the near-invisible status of gay women in Nigeria.