All About Vanesu Samunyai, ‘The Sandman’ Actress

English actress Vanesu Samunyai aka Kyo Ra- she made her TV debut with The Sandman

Vanesu Samunyai, an English actress saw fame overnight with her portrayal of Rose Walker in the Netflix series The Sandman (2022). For Samunyai, who also goes by her stage name Kyo Ra, it was her on-screen debut.

The DC comic novel-based series The Sandman, which premiered on August 5, 2022, is the first screen adaptation since its inception in the early 90s.

A big time on the screen with proficient figures like Tom Sturridge, and her notable acting skills took no time to make her a household name. Scroll down for further details on the actress.

Where Is Vanesu Samunyai From? What’s Her Age In 2022?

Samunyai was born to Nigerian parents on April 23, 2001, in Warwickshire, England. Her birth name is Vanesu Danai Palesa Shoniwa-Samunyai. As reported, the Seol-based English actress also goes by her Korean name Kyo Ra.

As of 2022, Vanesu, who comes from African heritage, is 21 years old and stands 5 feet 6 inches.

Professional Stride With ‘The Sandman’– What Role Vanesu aka Kyo Ra Played?

A gateway to massive fame from a career debut is not an everyday story, and actress Vanesu Samunyai adds her to the short-listed names. In 2022, she portrayed Rose Walker in the DC comics novel-turned-series The Sandman, appearing in 5 episodes.

In the fantasy drama Netflix series, Samunyai’s character Rose sets her journey to find her missing brother Jed Walker (actor Eddie Karanja). Also, she encounters her connection with Dream/Lord Morpheus aka titular Sandman (actor Tom Sturridge).

Vanesu Samunyai as Rose Walker in The Sandman
Vanesu Samunyai as Rose Walker in The Sandman| Photo Source: Instagram@netflixgeeked

It premiered on August 5, 2022 (10 episodes), co-starring Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, and Patton Oswalt in major roles.

It is the first screen adaption of Neil Gaiman’s comic book of the same name that took 2 decades- an effort since the early 90s.

After positive critics, as per showrunner Allan Heinberg, there are already plans for Season 2 of The Sandman but it’s yet to get official.

Fun Fact: In an interview with Collider, Vanesu Samunyai told that she didn’t know of the series while auditioning initially. After googling it, she learned how vast the novel was & her character’s significance. Moreover, the actress had only 3-4 months of preparation for filming.

(Spoiler Alert!!) What Is Dream Vortex? How Rose Walker Is Related To Lord Morpheus?

Her character Rose Walker is the great-granddaughter of Unity Kincaid (actress Sandra James-Young), who was meant to be the Dream Vortex of her era. And biologically, Rose is also the great-granddaughter of Desire (actor Mason Alexander Park), who is the sibling of Dream/Lord Morpheus.

In the Sandman season finale, Kincaid told Dream while in her deep sleep, she met a man with golden eyes in her dreams and became pregnant with his child. The pregnancy was real in her waking world too.

And the man with golden eyes is no other than Lord Morpheus’ brother Desire. So, Dream aka Lord Morpheus comes to know of his brother’s conspiracy.

Vanesu and 'The Sandman' title cast Lord Morpheus (actor Tom Sturridge)
Vanesu and ‘The Sandman’ title cast Lord Morpheus (actor Tom Sturridge)| Photo Source: Daily Research Plot

In The Sandman universe, the dream vortex is a creature with powers to break barriers of the dreaming world. It can collapse the minds of all sleepers resulting complete destruction of the waking world.

So Lord Morpheus, one of the seven Endless, has to eliminate any dream vortex- the only time when he is permitted to kill a mortal.

Is Vanesu Samunyai Dating Anyone? Active on Instagram?

No, it seems. The young actress is yet to come up with any official statement regarding her dating or boyfriend. Currently, she is assumed to be single.

Samunyai is active on Instagram with more than 5.6K followers on her IG account (@vanesusamunyai) and goes by the name Kyo Ra. Though her Instagram post barely showcases her family or her personal life.

She joined Twitter in March 2020, under the handle @Kyo_wRites. The Sandman star has a YouTube channel Kyo Ra 쿄라, created on July 28, 2017.

Net Worth In 2022

Vanesu Samunyai owns an estimated net worth of $50,000 as of 2022. No other profession than acting of Samunyai is on the scene. Even if The Sandman is her acting debut, its success got her fame and considerable earnings.

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