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New ‘Luther’ Star Wunmi Mosaku Makes Stateside Splash Ahead of HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’

New ‘Luther’ Star Wunmi Mosaku Makes Stateside Splash Ahead of HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’

This is the latest installment of “Breaking Black,” a weekly column focused on emerging black talent.

Wunmi Mosaku doesn’t give up without a fight. After auditioning for a role on season 1 of “Luther,” she didn’t make the cut. “I remember reading the script and absolutely loving it, and really wanting the role, but I didn’t get it,” Mosaku said. “And when I watched the season, really wanted to be a part of it.”

Now, nine years later, she’s starring opposite Idris Elba on season 5 of the BBC’s hit detective series as new recruit Detective Sgt. Catherine Halliday.

“For any actor, no matter how old or young you are, it can be tough when you’re without work for months or even years, so it’s been a lovely 18 months or so for me,” Mosaku said.

Mosaku, 32, is a BAFTA TV-winning actress largely unfamiliar to American audiences.

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