The popular actor Nina Sosanya, currently seen starring in the hard-hitting Channel 4 prison drama Screw, says her Good Omens colleagues David Tennant and Micheal Sheen are ideal co-stars if you’re looking to have fun.
“I’ve worked with both David Tennant and Michael Sheen on stage,” she told The Big Issue, in her Letter To My Younger Self interview, published in full in next week’s magazine. “They’re so front-footed, they’re so quick-witted, and they are just very down-to-earth and silly people to work with. It really helps when someone’s quite silly.
“I’ve worked with David on so many things [including Doctor Who and Casanova], and Michael years ago when he was Henry V and I was a boy getting trampled to death on stage. You can sort of tell what they’re like, even if they’re not playing themselves at all, like in Staged.”
Sosinya said she is often cast in dry, clever comedies like W1A, Twenty Twelve and cult hit Nathan Barley, but relished the chance to indulge her broader comedic skills in the more outlandish Good Omens.
“I literally trained to be the clown, doing slapstick [she was a member of clowning company Odd Socks]. I’ve not been seen doing that much on TV, but you know, when I’m playing a bizarre satanic nun in Good Omens, it’s kind of big. It’s not exactly subtle.”
Sosanya also praised another much-loved British actor, Alan Rickman, for his influential encouragement early on in her career, which has seen her star in People Like Us, Love Actually and Last Tango in Halifax.