Floella Benjamin

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  • Birth Place: Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad
  • Profession: Actor, Politician, Author
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  • Was the second of six children; the family moved to Britain in 1960.
  • Father was a jazz musician and encouraged her to perform with him in local clubs.
  • Left school at 16 and studied for her A-levels in night school while working as a clerk at Barclays.
  • Performed on stage in Jesus Christ Superstar, Black Mikado and Hair before getting the part on Play School.
  • Author of numerous books, including the memoir Coming to England, published in 1995.
  • Took up marathons as a hobby when she turned 50, and made good on her vow to run in the London Marathon for 10 consecutive years in support of children's charities.
  • In 2010 joined the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat life peer and gained the title Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham in recognition of her charity work.

Relationships

  • Cynthia — Sister
  • Aston Benjamin Taylor — Son
  • Keith Taylor — Husband
  • Sandra — Sister
  • Lester — Brother
  • Ellington — Brother
  • "Dardie" Benjamin — Father
  • Veronica "Marmie" Benjamin — Mother
  • Alvina Taylor — Daughter
  • Roy Jr. — Brother

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  • Birth Place: Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad
  • Profession: Actor, Politician, Author

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