Beginning life as underground rapper Doc Brown, Ben Bailey-Smith has diversified profoundly, moving into mainstream TV and Film acting, stand up, playwriting, screenwriting and children’s books. He has a host of notable television and film performances under his belt including a starring role in ITV’s Law & Order, C4’s The Inbetweeners, Derek, the 2016 Gervais movie David Brent: Life on the Road. He received accolades for his role in the ITV1 hit drama Brief Encounters. He has also written music for the movies Attack The Block and Quartet.
Smith boasts a wide following amongst children, starring in and writing for the cult CBBC animation Strange Hill High and creating and co-writing the BAFTA winning Four O’Clock Club on CBBC, now into its fifth series. His first children’s book, the Walker/Candlewick-published I Am Bear is on sale worldwide and been an instant hit with critics and readers alike. The follow up, Bear Moves, will be released in February 2019. He has a third picture book called Get A Move On! Due to be released by Bloomsbury in 2019 and is currently working on a novel for 8-11 year olds.
CLASS is Ben’s second commission for the stage. He previously wrote a monologue for the Arinzé Kene project One Voice at the Old Vic, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.