DATE OF BIRTH: September 23, 1949
PLACE OF BIRTH: Point-a-Pierre, Trinidad
EDUCATION: ..., London, England
CAREER:                                                In 1960, Benjamin left Trinidad for England, with her mother and siblings, to join her father who had left Trinidad in 1964 to pursue a career as a jazz saxaphonist. After a short career in banking, she began her acting career in 1973 and went on to appear in several musicals. She changed her surname from Benjamiyn to Benjamin and, in 1974, broke into television in "Within These Walls." She later appeared in other television shows: "Love Thy Neighbour"; Playschool"; "Mixed Blessings"; and "Send in the Girls." In 1977, she appeared in the movie "Black Joy." She formed her own television production company in 1987 and produced "Treehouse," Playabout," Hullaballoo," and "Jamboree" for the British television audience. She wrote her autobiography, "Coming to England," in 1995 and, in 2006, was appointed Chancellor of the University of Exeter, England.
  • 2001 - Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Broadcasting
  • 2004 - Royal Television Society Award for book "Coming to England"
Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit