Sutara is a British-Jamaican actress with a wealth of credits spanning the last 3 decades across both drama & comedy.
In 2023 she can be seen playing series regular, antique shop owner Gemma Whiteley in the Britbox/BBC One crime drama series 'Magpie Murders', based on the Anthony Horowitz novel and adapted for screen by him. In 2022 she starred in the 5th series of the BBC's popular crime drama 'Strike', entitled 'Strike: Troubled Blood'. Strike is based on the books by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Troubled Blood sees Strike take on a cold case when asked by a woman, Anna Phipps, for help in discovering what happened to her mother who disappeared in 1974. Sutara Gayle starred as Kim Sullivan who is Anna Phipps's partner.
Also in 2023 she debuted her first show as a writer-performer. 'The Legends of Them' at Brixton House featured high octane musical numbers and was described as 'an epic voyage of discovery', with reviewers unanimous in their praise;
Afridiziak (★★★★★) "brimming with effortless charisma, craft, power… and touching vulnerability."
Reviews Hug (★★★★★) summarises it as "an immensely personal journey, it is one we feel privileged to share."
Everything Theatre (★★★★) "original, unique and entertaining"
The Stage (★★★★) "many in the audience stayed seated in the darkness, to catch their breath. This is theatre so agonisingly true that it takes your heart and twists it."
She has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed BBC shows such as hit comedy ‘Ghosts’, 'Silent Witness' and the Jimmy McGovern BAFTA nominated drama ‘Anthony’. She also played Linda in Steve McQueen’s Golden Globe winning ‘Small Axe’ in the episode entitled 'Red, White and Blue'.
She appeared in Netflix’s comedy ‘The Duchess’ opposite Katherine Ryan. She has had roles in a number of high profile feature films including ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘One Day’ and ‘Run Fatboy Run’.
In Summer 2021 she played Jelly in Kae Tempest's 'Paradise' at the National Theatre.
She is a talented singer & musician and won the 2012 BEFFTA and HiCrEc award for outstanding contribution to reggae music. Her musical theatre credits include Tina the Musical (Aldwych) and Guys and Dolls (Savoy/Tour).
Born and raised in Brixton, South London, Sutara has a native London accent. She uses Neutral English & Jamaican regularly in her work.
The Legends of Them (Theatre, 2023) – 'Self', Brixton House
Magpie Murders (TV, 2022-2023) – 'Gemma Whiteley', Britbox/BBC One
Strike (TV, 2022) – 'Kim Sullivan', BBC One, Series 5 'Troubled Blood'
Viral (Film, 2022) – Original Theatre Company
Silent Witness (TV, 2021) – Gloria Mason-Walker, BBC One & BBC iPlayer, Series 24
Ghosts (TV, 2020) – 'Betty', BBC One, Season Two
Small Axe (TV, 2020) – 'Linda', (Episode 'Red, White and Blue'), Amazon Original,
The Duchess (TV series) (TV, 2020) – 'Seleena', Netflix
Anthony (Film, 2020) – 'Pam', BBC
Carmilla (Film, 2019) – 'Margaret', Republic Film Distribution
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre) (Theatre, 2018) – 'Gran Georgeanna', Aldwych Theatre
A Caribbean Dream (Film, 2017) – 'Bottom the Fisherwoman', Caribbean Film Productions
A Tale of Two Cities (Regents Park Open Air Theatre, 2017) (Theatre, 2017) – 'Mrs Pross', Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The Rebel (TV, 2016-2017) – 'Gloria', UKTV Gold, Series 2
Cuckoo (TV, 2016) – 'Midwife', BBC/Netflix, Series 3
Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre & Tour, 2016) (Theatre, 2016) – 'General Cartwright', Savoy Theatre
SuperBob (Film, 2015) – 'Maureen', Signature Entertainment
Fried (TV, 2015) – 'Shontal', BBC Three
Utopia (TV, 2014) – 'Nurse Jen', Channel 4, Series Two
One Day (Film, 2011) – 'Mrs Major', Random House Films/Universal Pictures
The Dark Knight (Film, 2008) – 'Passenger', Warner Bros Pictures
Run Fat Boy Run (Film, 2007) – 'Nurse', EFD
At the Table/Almost Nothing (Royal Court Theatre, 2004) (Theatre, 2004) – 'Boy's mother', Royal Court Theatre
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