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Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah was born on April 15, 1958 in Handsworth, Birmingham, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Peaky Blinders (2013), Percy Lifar and Standing Firm: Football's Windrush Story (2021). He was previously married to Amina. See full bio »

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Peaky Blinders Jeremiah Jesus / Jimmy Jesus
Percy Lifar Tyrone
Paa Joe & The Lion Additional Crew


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 2013-2022 Peaky Blinders (TV Series)
Jeremiah Jesus / Jimmy Jesus
- Lock and Key (2022) ... Jeremiah Jesus
- Sapphire (2022) ... Jeremiah Jesus
- Black Day (2022) ... Jeremiah Jesus
- Mr. Jones (2019) ... Jeremiah Jesus
- Strategy (2019) ... Jeremiah Jesus
 2022 Zen Motoring (TV Series)
God Complex
- Words in the Woods (2022) ... God Complex
 1996 Crucial Tales (TV Mini Series)
Richard's father
- I Bring You Frankincense (1996) ... Richard's father
 1994 The Bill (TV Series)
- King of the Hill (1994) ... Vagrant
 1990 Farendj
 1988 The Comic Strip Presents (TV Series)
- Didn't You Kill My Brother? (1988) ... Rufus
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Amina  (divorced)

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[on refusing an OBE in 2003] I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought. I get angry when I hear that word "empire"; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds of thousands of years of brutality, it reminds me of how my foremothers were raped and my forefathers brutalised. It is because of this concept of empire that my British education led me to believe that the history of black people started with ... See more »


He declined an O.B.E. (Order of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to literature in the 2003 Queen's Honours List.

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