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Floella Benjamin

Biography

Author and vocalist who became referred to as a presenter on children’s applications like Play College. She worked well at a standard bank while attending night time school, then started operating as an celebrity in Western End musicals. She’s kept many offices in her existence, including Chairman of BAFTA and Governor from the Country wide Film and Tv School. She wedded Keith Taylor in 1980. She experienced a small part in the film Work Fatboy Work, starring Simon Pegg.

Quick Facts


Full Name Floella Benjamin
Date Of Birth September 23, 1949
Place Of Birth Trinidad And Tobago
Profession TV Actress
Nationality Trinidadian, British
Spouse Keith Taylor
Children Alvina Taylor, Aston Taylor
Parents Veronica Benjamin
Siblings Sandra Benjamin, Lester Benjamin
Awards Order of the British Empire
Movies Run Fatboy Run, Rendition, The Line of Beauty, Black Joy, Coming to England
TV Shows Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies, Play School, Play Away, Fast Forward (UK)
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to broadcasting.
2Has an identical twin sister, Sandra
3The name Floella was invented by her father, Roy, who told her that "Flo" is short for "flower" and ella means "best of all".


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chuggington2010-2014TV SeriesMayor Pullman (UK)
The Sarah Jane Adventures2007-2011TV SeriesProfessor Rivers
Winner Takes All2009Video shortNarrator (voice, as Floella Benjamin O.B.E.)
Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies2007-2008TV SeriesMama Mirabelle
Rendition2007CIA Staffer
Run, Fatboy, Run2007Libby's Mum
The Line of Beauty2006TV Mini-SeriesMrs Charles
Coming to England2005TV MovieTeacher
Brand Spanking2004ShortSchool Tannoy
Jamboree1998TV SeriesPresenter
Family Fortunes1990TV SeriesTiddles
Roland Rat: The Series1986TV SeriesBBC 3 Announcer
Father's Day1984TV SeriesTV interviewer
Aladdin and the Forty Thieves1984TV MovieGenie of the Ring
Strangers1982TV SeriesRosy Baker
Bergerac1981TV SeriesJuniper
Maybury1981TV SeriesKayreen
The Gentle Touch1980TV SeriesGloria
Play for Today1975-1979TV SeriesNorma / Marie-Louise / Solicitor's clerk
Angels1978-1979TV SeriesMarigold Glasspole / April Yallop
Kids1979TV SeriesElla Buckley
Mixed Blessings1978TV SeriesKaren
Send in the Girls1978TV SeriesMelody
Black Joy1977Miriam
Within These Walls1974-1975TV SeriesBarbara
Sharon's Baby19751st Nurse
Dixon of Dock Green1975TV SeriesMrs. Dallas
Crown Court1974TV SeriesJenny Marsh

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fast Forward1984-1987TV Series performer - 5 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fast Forward1987TV Series written by - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Treehouse1987TV Series producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunday Morning Live2016TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Who Wants to Live Forever?2009Video documentary shortNarrator (voice, as Floella Benjamin O.B.E.)
The Wright Stuff2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
Richard & Judy2007TV SeriesHerself
Children's TV on Trial2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Little Miss Jocelyn2006TV SeriesHerself
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Weakest Link2003TV SeriesHerself
Killer Queen!2002Herself - Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Committee 1999
Breakfast with Frost2001TV SeriesHerself
The 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows2001TV SpecialHerself
This Is Your Life1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Full Swing1996TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Squares1993-1995TV SeriesHerself
You Bet!1990TV SeriesHerself
Blankety Blank1982-1990TV SeriesHerself
Daytime Live1988TV SeriesHerself - Presenter
A Question of Entertainment1988TV SeriesHerself
Fast Forward1984-1987TV SeriesHerself - Various / Will Scarlet / She-Ra / ...
Treehouse1987TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Superstore1983-1986TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast Time1986TV SeriesHerself
Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show1986TV SeriesHerself
An Audience with Billy Connolly1985TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
On Safari1982-1984TV SeriesHerself
Punchlines!1983-1984TV SeriesHerself
Crackerjack!1982-1984TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Top Secret1983TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Record Breakers1979-1980TV Series documentaryHerself
Play Away1971TV SeriesHerself
Play School1964TV SeriesHerself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales of Television Centre2012TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)

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#Quote
1I meet people who grew up with our shows, and they say I'm part of their life. Children's TV wasn't a stepping stone to further a career - infact it was considered a bit inferior - but nowadays presenters use it as a showcase. It's 'Here I am, I want to be a star.' A lot of it is led by pop music and videos. They're targeting little kids with sex, and selling them CDs and T-shirts. You see them with G-strings and skimpy things, and I think, 'Where has that child gone? Give them back their innocence, please'.


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