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Ben DouglasBen started out in show business at the age of six, working in the theatre, on advertisements and as a television presenter. He won rave reviews playing the Butler Drake in 'Annie' and presented Owl TV with Michaela Strachan as well as acting in 'The Labours of Erica' with Brenda Blethyn. After training at Arts Educational and the Rambert School of Ballet he worked as a dancer before being snapped up by Granada to be their social commentator on Livetime and co-present Sixtalk with Esther Mcvey. He also presented Perfect Parenting with Sharon Davis. In 1999 Ben expanded into the printed media and is now a fixture on the international party circuit, reporting from such glittering events as the Oscars, the Venice Film Festival and the Baftas. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, OK! Magazine, Hello, the Sunday Times and many others.

As a lifestyle commentator and friend of the stars he has been the subject of articles in numerous magazines including Elle, In Style and The Stage. Along with 'It Girl' Clare Beckwith he was an Ambassador for the British Luxury Council.

A passionate campaigner on youth issues, he is a long-time supporter of children’s charities and was until recently a member of the London Appeals Board of the NSPCC.

Ben Douglas was adopted by white parents, his adoptive father, Eric, a businessman, and his mother Barbara, a teacher. Ben's birth mother, Judy, 'had given me up as an act of love and returned to Barbados alone. She knew taking me back as an illegitimate child would blight my life because of the religious feeling on the island'

Ben Douglas wrote about his work on being black with white parents in an article in the Daily Mail in February 2011.



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