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Baroness Floella Benjamin

I do not as a matter of course pick out winners of awards ceremonies but following the BAFTA Television Awards 2024 this evening I feel justified on this occasion.

I send my warmest and heartfelt congratulations to Baroness Benjamin following her being awarded the BAFTA fellowship.

"In a career spanning more than five decades, she has touched the lives of millions. She has graced our screens as a much-loved presenter of children’s television, most notably Playschool and Play Away.

"She has also contributed greatly to BAFTA itself – she chaired the BAFTA Television Committee from 1997 to 2000 and established the BAFTA Children’s Awards in 1995.

"Beyond the screen arts, Baroness Benjamin has steadfastly advocated for children’s education and welfare, supported a great number of charitable organisations, tirelessly campaigned for social justice - and as a member of the Windrush Generation - she has given voice to those who faced discrimination upon arrival in the UK.

"She is an actress, author, singer, politician and businesswoman, a beacon of representation and a voice for change."

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