Kwame Kwei-Armah(1967-), Actor, playwright and singer
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British actor, playwright and singer. Born Ian Roberts in Hillingdon he changed his name (1989) to adopt his family heritage which he had traced back to Ghana, though his parents were born in Grenada. First came to prominence as paramedic Finlay Newton in Casualty (from 1999). He became the second black Briton to have a play staged in London's West End with his National Theatre production of Elmina's Kitchen which was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (2003) and won the Evening Standard's Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award 2003. Other awards include the Screen National Film and Television Award for Favourite TV Actor 2003. His second play >Fix-Up was staged at the National Theatre in 2004.