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|Born||Samuell Alexander Benta
29 August 1986
Samuell Alexander Benta (born 29 August 1986 in London, England) is a British actor, writer, director, producer, rapper and author. His acting credits include portraying Will Aston, the Black Ranger in Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive (and the second black black ranger since Mighty Morphin'. He has also appeared in advertisements for Coca-Cola and the hit BBC series Hotel Babylon and Silent Witness. He has appeared alongside Lara Goodison, Matt Kane and Connor Scarlett as Jay Kelso in Series 1 of the BBC teen soap opera The Cut. At the end of Series 1 he left the programme, and although he returned for four episodes at the end of Series 2, he did not resume his role in the third series. In 2011 he was cast as Donnie Lester in EastEnders online spin-off EastEnders: E20 and BBC's "Doctors" in late 2011.
Benta produced, wrote, directed and starred in his own family sitcom entitled "All About The McKenzies" due to the lack of diversity of Black British representation on British TV and challenging negative stereotypes. The show started off as a Youtube web series in 2012 and has now been acquired by the Evening Standard's new TV channel for the Capital London Live for 2014.
|Poetic Justice (1993)||Fighting Cousin #1|
|The Bill (ITV) (2005)||Josh Williams|
|Silent Witness (BBC Series) (2006)||Ray Treat|
|Hotel Babylon (BBC Series) (2006)||Switchback|
|Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (2007)||Will Aston - Black Overdrive Ranger|
|The Cut (2009, 2010 - )||Jay Kelso|
|Eastenders E20 (2011)||Donnie Lester|
|Doctors (BBC Series) (2011)||Ewan|
|All About The McKenzies (2014)||Samuell McKenzie|
- Happy Slapz (2005) - Tyrone
Apart from acting, writing and directing, Benta is a believer in giving back, and due to the success of "All About the McKenzies", has created a website www.webseriesking.com targeting other actors, writers and directors encouraging them to do web series to take charge of their lives and get themselves out there to the public. The website will offer advice and helpful videos and presentations that will aid creatives in getting to grips with web series and building a business online. Benta wrote a free ebook entitled How to create a successful web series that sells which has had hundreds of downloads and is accessible to the public from the website. Benta states that the website will have regular blog posts everyday.
- Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1984-2005.
- Samuell Benta at the Internet Movie Database
- All About The McKenzies
- Webseries King - Website for actors, writers and directors
- Samuell Benta Acting CV and showreel
- Samuell Benta Music (Myster?ous)
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