Shanika Ocean is a British actress from London with an array of credits to her name, including “A Confession” (ITV), The Weekend Movie” (Netflix) and “Death on the Tyne” (TV movie).
Shanika’s acting career continues to go from strength to strength as she regularly features in BBC’s Eastenders as part of the “Mummy Mafia”. Also, this year she featured in Season 3 of the Hulu exclusive period drama, “Harlots” which also stars Liv Tyler and Alfie Allen. She appeared alongside Martin Freeman in ITV’s most anticipated drama of the year, “A Confession”, which aired in October 2019.
Her other upcoming projects set to air include, “Silent Witness” (BBC) as well as a new series on Comedy Central. Shanika has also appeared in commercials for high-end brands such as Bremont Watches and the Rosewood London Hotel.
Shanika has been acting since childhood and in her early days, she attended the Sharon Harris Drama School in north-west London. She later went on to study at Identity Drama School under MBE Femi Oguns. Her recent training includes attending The Groundlings theatre school in Los Angeles, as well as masterclasses with renowned casting director Phaedra Harris and acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.
Additionally, Shanika is a trained singer and featured in OBE Gareth Malone’s first ever series of “The Choir”, which aired on BBC in 2006. The show saw Shanika travel to China with her fellow choristers to represent Great Britain in the World Choir Olympics. She also appeared in “The Choir Revisited” in 2008 as well as “Gareth Malone’s Great Choir Reunion” in 2015.
Shanika also has a background as a successful presenter and has interviewed numerous well-known artists, including Dionne Warwick, Rita Ora, Algee Smith, Emeli Sandé, Krept & Konan and R’n’B singer Lloyd to name a few. She was also the host of SKY TV music show “Unplugged” which showcased up-and-coming British talent. Her other presenting jobs have included, Capital Xtra Radio alongside Britain’s Got Talent Comedian Kojo Anim, the MOBO Awards Red Carpet, London Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week, SBTV and BBC Bitesize.