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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRO-SIERRA LEONEAN " JEILLO EDWARDS " WAS A SIERRA LEONEAN ACTRESS WHO IS NOTABLE IN THE HISTORY OF BLACK ACTORS IN BRITAIN - GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Jeillo Edwards
Jeillo Edwards
Born 23 September 1942
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Died 2 July 2004 (aged 61)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–2003
Spouse(s) Edmund Clottey
Jeillo Edwards (23 September 1942, Freetown, Sierra Leone – 2 July 2004, London, England) was a Sierra Leonean actress, who is notable in the history of black actors in Britain. She was the first woman of African descent to study drama at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She went on to be one of the first black actresses to be cast in a mainstream UK television drama series – Dixon of Dock Green,[1] and for more than four decades performed on British television, radio, stage and films.[2]

Contents  
1 Biography
2 Actress
Biography
Jeillo Angela Doris Edwards[3] was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, one of six children, and she attended the Annie Walsh Memorial School.[1]

She moved to England in the late 1950s and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She began performing at the age of four, reading from the Bible at her church. She was well known for her distinctive voice and imperious enunciation. She featured on the BBC World Service for Africa, which was broadcast in the UK. She became popular in the United Kingdom, appearing on television, where she held the distinction of being the first black woman to appear on British television as well as being the first African to appear on The Bill, radio and on stage.

She appeared in cameo roles in many British television comedy programmers, including The League of Gentlemen, Absolutely Fabulous, Red Dwarf, Black Books, Spaced and Little Britain, in which she had been planned to appear in the second series before her death.

As well as acting she also at one time was a school governor and owned a restaurant called Auntie J's in Brixton.[3]

In the early 1970s, she married a Ghanaian, Edmund Clottey, and they had a daughter and two sons. Jeillo Edwards died in London at the age of 61, having suffered chronic kidney problems.[2][3]

Actress[edit]
2003: Little Britain .... Nurse (1 episode, 2003)
2003: M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team .... Agnes Welsh (1 episode, 2003)
2003: Murder in Mind .... Phyllis (1 episode, 2003)
2002: Dirty Pretty Things .... Hospital Cleaning Lady
2002: Anansi .... Aunt Vera
2001: Absolutely Fabulous .... Jeillo (1 episode, 2001)
2001: Sam's Game .... Mumma (1 episode, 2001)
2001: Spaced .... Tim's Benefit Clerk (1 episode, 2001)
2000: Black Books .... Midwife (1 episode, 2000)
2000: The Thing About Vince .... Mrs. Cuffy (2 episodes, 2000)
2000: The League of Gentlemen .... Yvonne (1 episode, 2000)
2000: Tough Love (TV) .... Irate Woman
1999: Red Dwarf .... Second Ground Controller (1 episode, 1999)
1998: A Rather English Marriage (TV) .... Sister
1998: Babes in the Wood .... Nigerian Lady (1 episode, 1998)
1998: In Exile (TV series) .... Mother (1 episode, 1998)
1997: Holding On .... Aunt Gaynor (5 episodes, 1997)
1997: Paris, Brixton .... Landlady
1996: Beautiful Thing .... Rose
1994: Pat and Margaret (TV) .... Tea Bar Lady
1994: A Skirt Through History .... Mary Prince (1 episode, 1994)
1993: The Line, the Cross & the Curve .... Dancer 'Eat the Music'
1992: Screen One .... Mrs. Jessop (1 episode, 1992)
1989: Sob Sisters .... Woman with dog (1 episode, 1989)
1989: Casualty .... Grandmother / ... (3 episodes, 1989–1997)
1988: Rumpole of the Bailey .... Lady Cashier (1 episode, 1988)
1988: London's Burning .... Mrs. Jones (1 episode, 1988)
1987: The Bill .... Clarice Paine / ... (5 episodes, 1987–2000)
1987: Elphida (TV) .... Somali woman
1987: Scoop (TV) .... Mrs. Jackson
1985: Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense .... Landlady (1 episode, 1985)
1983: Maybury .... Mrs. Galsworthy (1 episode, 1983)
1982: Love Is Old, Love Is New (TV) .... Ward maid
1981: Memoirs of a Survivor .... Woman at Newsstand
1975: Play for Today .... Lucy / ... (2 episodes, 1975–1980)
1975: Angels .... Mrs. Jobo (2 episodes, 1975–1980)
1979: Empire Road ... Mary O'Fili (1 episode, 1979)
1979: Room Service TV series .... Mrs. McGregor (unknown episodes)
1978: The Professionals .... West Indian Woman (1 episode, 1978)
1978: Betzi (TV) .... Sarah
1976: Centre Play .... Nurse (2 episodes, 1976–1977)
1972: Dixon of Dock Green .... Mrs. Morgan (1 episode, 1972)