The star of Kiri, Wunmi Mosaku, has joined the cast of the BBC crime drama Luther alongside the star of the series Idris Elba.

Mosaku will play D.S. Catherine Halliday in the BBC Studios-produced series.

BBC Drama Controller Piers Wenger said: “It’s fantastic to have Idris Elba and the team back filming in London and we are thrilled that the exceptional Wunmi Mosaku will be returning to BBC One to join this already stellar cast. Neil Cross’ scripts for this fifth series of Luther are explosive and fans won’t be disappointed.”

Mosaku’s first big TV role was as Malia, a young Sudanese woman, in I Am Slave in 2010. Last year, she won a Bafta for her dignified and devastating portrayal of Gloria Taylor, the mother of Damilola, the 10-year-old boy stabbed in 2000. She has appeared in series such as Showtime’s Guerrilla, the three-part BBC series Capital, and the episode of “Playtest” in the Netflix anthology series, Black Mirror. Her theater credits include Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s The Great Theatre of the World (Arcola Theatre), Rough Crossings (Lyric Hammersmith), The Vertical Hour and Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court Theatre), Mules (Young Vic).

We look forward to seeing Mosaku in this new role!



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