Muna Otaru

Bright, friendly, warm. Liverpool/ USA.

Muna Otaru

Bright, friendly, warm. Liverpool/ USA.

Nigerian Accent
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Muna graduated from the prestigious Joanne Baron DW Brown Acting Studio in Los Angeles and shortly after made guest star appearances in the television series LOST and worked with Baron Brown graduate Mariska Hargitay on LAW AND ORDER: SVU.

She is best known for her critically acclaimed performance in the role of ‘Mad’ in the American action thriller film THE KEEPING ROOM (2014), starring alongside Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington.  It was directed by Daniel Barber and premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the BFI London Film Festival.  She won a Film Club's The Lost Weekend Award for Best Supporting Actress and was featured on THE PLAYLIST’s ‘On The Rise 2015: 20 Actresses To Watch and Indiewire named her one of ‘The 21 Biggest Indie Breakout Actors of 2014.’  The film was subsequently released in the UK in 2016, and Muna was named one of The Guardian’s Braddie Awards’ Best Supporting Actresses of 2016.

In 2017, she starred in BBC One’s original drama series BROKEN, created by award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern and has been highly praised by international critics as a “rare masterpiece”.  It won a BAFTA award in 2018 and a Royal Television Society North West Award in 2017.  Muna received an honourable mention at the 2018 Screen Nation Awards for her performance on the series.

Some of her recent work include TV dramas, OUR LOVED BOY: THE DAMILOLA TAYLOR STORY, THE IRREGULARS and the upcoming series PROFESSOR T & SILENT WITNESS and feature films, THE MAN IN THE starring Ciarán Hinds & Stephen Dillane and directed by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck & John Paul Davidson and SURGE starring Ben Whishaw and directed by Oscar-winning director Aneil Karia.


  • 30s-40s




  • The Keeping Room (Lionsgate Films) Mad
  • Broken (BBC One) Helen Oyenusi
  • The Man in the Hat (Open Palm Films) The Chef