Trinidad-Born Lady Floella Benjamin Takes Seat in House of Lords

Her official title is Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham in Kent but she will go by the simpler Baroness or Lady Benjamin. The 60-year-old TV veteran was one of 56 new peers created by the Government last month. Born in Trinidad, Lady Benjamin’s family moved to the UK when she was 10.

Lady Benjamin is best known for hosting television shows like Play School and Play Away. She was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2001. She has also served as chairman of Bafta Television and, in 2006, became Chancellor of the University of Exeter.

Lady Benjamin works with a number of UK charities. In a statement on her website, she pledged to devote “much energy to the well being of children and young people” during her time in the House of Lords. She currently works with Action for Children and Barnardo’s (a charity for children and youth) and is a cultural ambassador for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

For full article, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10444752.stm

For more information on Barnardo’s, see http://www.barnardos.org.uk/

For more information on Action for Children, see http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

Photo from http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2010/jul/03/lucy-mangan-this-week-people

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