Ben Bailey Smith

Ben Bailey Smith

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Beginning life as underground rapper Doc Brown, Ben Bailey Smith has diversified profoundly, moving into mainstream TV and Film acting, stand up, voice over, screen writing and for the past five years, children’s books. His love of working with and for children began in his previous career as a youth worker, where he worked in Westminster, Brent and Walthamstow for seven years. His experiences inspired his first creation for television, the BAFTA winning Four o’Clock Club for CBBC. This was followed by him starring in and writing for the cult animation Strange Hill High, also for CBBC. Making young people laugh has become a regular gig for Ben. He read a number of different books for CBeebies Bedtime Stories and appeared in David Walliams’ film adaptation of the bestselling book Ratburger, for Sky One. He hosted the Children’s BAFTAs four years in a row and is a patron of The Children’s Society, West London Zone, The Young Poetry Award and the Salusbury World charity for refugee children. Ben has written four picture books for children, starting in 2016 with the hit I Am Bear, then the follow up, Bear Moves with Walker/Candlewick publishing. He soon followed these with two early reader favourites for Bloomsbury, Get A Move On! And Crumbs! His debut novel, Something I Said, is his first major literary work for a middle grade audience. “It’s my proudest moment,” Smith said in May 2021, “a career high for me. I worked with kids and teenagers for years before becoming a full time artist, now I have teenagers of my own. Writing for them without talking down or patronising has been a joy. To see them connect with my ideas is a source of immense pride. I just can’t wait to see their response.”

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