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Black History Month: The EastEnders and Doctors stars who appeared in Britain’s first ever dancehall film

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The Black British film industry has slowly built a reputation for hard hitting productions that capture the essence of the Black community.

From Playing Away to more recent films such as Top Boy, Black British talent has been given a platform to showcase itself.

But one 1998 film remains in the hearts of dancehall fans across the nation and the capital.

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Babymother set in Harlesden, Brent, the UK’s first dancehall made for television film, took audiences on a colourful journey of music and Black British culture.

Since the film’s release, the actors and actresses who took on the roles that viewers will never forget, have gone on to appear in beloved soaps such as EastEnders, Doctors and Casualty.

Here’s a look at what they’ve been up to since gracing the streets of North West London.

Anjela Lauren Smith

Brixton-born Anjela, played the role of Anita, a woman with dreams of singing whose husband has dreams of her being a stay-at-home mother.

The 43-year-old’s gripping portrayal of her feminist fight meant that when the director yelled ‘cut’, the Londoner has a string of performance left to give and went on to have an illustrious television career.

As well as Babymother, the star’s repertoire includes Guy Ritchie’s Revolver where she plays the character Doreen.

But the actress later moved away from film and into television roles on the best loved evening time viewing.

Anjela appeared in a number of well known series’ and soaps including a role of EastEnders as Dinah Wilson.

In 2019, the actress stepped onto the Square as the ex-girlfriend of Mitch Baker and mum to his daughter Bailey Baker.

Anjela’s character ends her time in Walford in an heavily emotional scene where she took her own life after battling with multiple sclerosis.

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More recently in 2021, the actress appeared on Doctors as Carole Simmons in an episode called Loss or Absence according to IMDB.

Outside of acting, the Londoner worked as a dancer with groups such as Soul II Soul, Paul Weller and she also toured with Jazz funk band Barrie K Sharpe and Diana Brown.

Outside of acting, Anjela has a son called Fabian whom she posts cute snaps of on her Instagram page.

Caroline Chikezie

Nigerian-born actress Caroline, played the role of Sharon in Babymother who goes on a rollercoaster journey with her friend Anita.

But since the days of the dancehall portrayal, the actress has appeared in some of TV land’s notable shows.

In 2004, Caroline took on the role of Elaine Hardy on ITV’s Footballers Wives alongside Zoe Lucker who played the feisty Tanya Turner.

The actress went on to appear as two different characters in BBC One’s Casualty playing Donna in 1999 and Teri Layeni in 2012.

The Londoner also appeared in Doctors in 2014 as Stevie Shields.

Away from the UK, Caroline has carved an acting career in the States in shows such as The Passage.

Behind the scenes, she shares snaps of her “other half”, Welsh-Canadian actor Adrian Holmes.

Babymother will be shown at the Peckhamplex cinema on October 23.

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