Vera’s Wumni Mosaku on being 'promoted' with help from Brenda Blethyn for new series Passenger

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20 Mar 2024, 14:51

Passenger star Wunmi Mosaku and Vera actress Brenda Blethyn

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Former Vera star Wunmi Mosaku has opened up about how it feels to have been “promoted” to top of the call sheet for ITV’s new drama, Passenger.

Passenger follows Mosaku’s character, former Met Police Detective Riya Ajunwa, as she deals with life working in the rather sleepy Northern village of Chadder Vale. 

Riya’s unfulfilling experience changes completely, however, after the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of a local girl seemingly triggers more strange and horrific events around the suspiciously unsuspicious community.

Speaking to and other press about her role in Passenger, Mosaku said: “It feels so amazing, it feels like a real… like I got my promotion as an actor to be number one on the call sheet and to be a driving force in the story.”

Speaking about actor-turned-screenwriter Andrew Buchan’s script, the actress added: “[It] felt like a real gem, and I felt nervous but also ready for it.

“I loved working on Vera… we have a little Easter egg for Vera in [Passenger] too,” she also teased.

Opening up about working alongside Vera’s lead, Brenda Blethyn, Mosaku gushed: “I love Brenda.” And working alongside the veteran TV star in the early 2010s taught the Lovecraft Country actress lessons which she’s been applying to her acting ever since.

“You get taught to ignore the camera in drama school,” Mosaku explained. “But when I was watching her I realised she wasn’t ignoring the camera... The camera was the audience, and she was making sure the audience knew what was going on.

“If she turned away from me she was never turning away from the audience, and so that was the biggest lesson that I learned on Vera. And I’ve taken it with me everywhere,” the Passenger star revealed. “The camera is part of the scene and the audience are there with you… I’m very grateful for that [insight].”

Passenger begins on ITV1 and ITVX on Sunday 24th March at 9pm.