Ann
Akinjirin

Ann is an actress, writer, director and producer working across screen and stage. 


She is perhaps best known for her recurring roles in the BBC 1 / HBO The Strike Series playing DS Vanessa Ekwensi and Dee in TV miniseries Trigonometry as well as appearances inthe acclaimed I May Destroy You, Tom Harper’s Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick-The Commuter and Brave New World. Onthe big screen, Ann has most recently featured in comedy-horror House Hack and King of Thieves directed by James Marsh.

Ann set up her own their theatre company, Harts in 2010, of which she was Artistic Director until 2020. Ann is extremely passionate about creative accessibility within theatre and has worked as movement director for Deafinitely Theatre as well as with National Youth Theatre as a writer and director creating shows for audiences inclusive of deaf and visually impaired members.

Ann has written, directed and starred in Conversations with Love, for which she was awarded the BEFFTA for Best Writer and Best Theatre Production in 2011. In addition, Ann has written, directed and appeared in many other plays including Normal? and, most recently, Trying to Find Me. Through her theatre company, Ann also produced two annual festivals: Young Harts Writing Festival in collaboration with the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, nurturing emerging theatre and screenwriters, and Sound of Mind, an audio and visual arts mental wellbeing festival. Harts also championed new writing and produced productions at Roundhouse, Hackney Empire and Bunker Theatre as well as UK regional venues

Ann also sits on the creative Board of Frantic Assembly.


CV

Television

Precious Clark 
Director Jens Lien
HBO
Alissa 
Director Sam Miller
BBC2 & HBO/Various Artists Ltd & Falkna Productions
DS Vanessa Ekwensi 
Director Sue Tully
BBC1 / Bronté Film & Television
Davina Moens 
Director Saul Dibb
Dancing Ledge for BBC2
DJILL29 
Director Aoife McArdle
Amblin/Dreamworks/NBC Universal
Dee 
Director Athina Rachel Tsangari
BBC2/House Productions
Magaret Akinola 
Director China Moo-Young
Stars/Lionsgate
DS Vanessa Ekwensi 
Director Charles Sturridge
BBC1 / HBO/Bronté Film & Television
Dr Simpson 
Director Tom Harper
Channel 4 / Sony Television/Left Bank
Liz 
Director Geoff Posner
Channel 4 BLAPS/Pozzitive Television Ltd
Lauren 
Director Richard Pengelley
DAVE / UKTV/Tiger Aspect
Policewoman 
Director Nick Wood
BBC1/ BBC
DI Brunswick 
Director Juliet May
ITV/Big Talk
Various (Sketch Series Regular) 
Director Phil Bowker
BBC 2/Lovely Electricity
Sandy 
Director Tim Kirkby
Sky 1/Working Title / NBC
Policewoman 
Director China Moo-Young
Channel 4 / AMC/Kudos
Celia 
Director Mandie Fletcher
Channel 4/King Bert Productions
Carehome Nurse 
Director Andy Wilson
Mainstreet Pictures/ITV
Mrs Akua 
Director Victoria Pile
Monicker Pictures/ITV 1
Stage Manager 
Director Sarah Harding
Gate Television / Valentine Pictures Ltd
Nurse Sarah Michael 
Director Nic Phillips
BBC1/BBC
Amy's friend 
Director Chloe Thomas
Big Talk Production / Sky Living
Cecile Bakama (Guest Lead) 
Director Joss Agnew
ITV1/ITV

Film

DJ Robbie 
Director Stephanie Zari
Whatifi
DC Amy 
Director James Marsh
Working Title
Security Engineer 
Director Matthew Hope
Graceway Films / Big Book Media
Hairdresser 
Director Destiny Ekaragha
Poisson Rouge / BFI
Teacher 
Director Andres Dussan
Apropos

Theatre

Writer & Director & Performer 

Writer/Performer 
Director Roy Alexander Weise
IAM Festival / Finchley Arts Depot
Conversations With Love
Winner of BEFTA for Best Writer 2011
Writer/Director/Performer (2) 
Director Ann Akin
Young Vic, Soho Theatre & Edinburgh Festival (Vintage Star)
Writer/Director 
Director Ann Akin
Lyric Hammersmith (Vintage Star)
Writer/Director/Performer (Ray) 
Director Ann Akin
Oval House Theatre & Lost Theatre (Vintage Star)
Ken/Blacktown 
Director Gbolahan Obisesan
NT Studio
Actor / Mentor 
Director Mojisola Adebayo
Hatched for The Albany Theatre
Sheann 
Director Topher Campell
The Red Room
Lucy 
Director Sara Masters
UK Tour (IceandFire)
Danni & Dancer 
Director Antoine Stone
Waterman's Theatre