Picture of Ben Drew, aka Plan B, director of Ill Manors
Picture of Ben Drew, aka Plan B, director of Ill Manors

BEN DREW aka PLAN B

In 2006 Ben Drew (aka Plan-B) burst onto the scene with his critically acclaimed album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words released by Warner/679 Records. Although the album was radio black-listed for its hard-hitting lyrics and tough messages, the album still sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and announced the arrival of a new voice in “tell-it-like-it-is” East London story-telling. Plan-B quickly became a favourite artist of young street-wise kids and politically aware older audiences. His new album The Defamation of Strickland Banks will be released by Atlantic/Warner in March 2010.

Ben’s film-making began with his fresh ideas for his music videos for Mama, No Good, Kidz, Charmaine and Tough Love. In late 2006 Ben worked with Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode) in developing his Hip-Hop musical concept in Bizzness Woman – part live action short film, part music video, all urban story-telling. Ben further developed this Hip-Hop musical concept in his next two collaborations with Producer Atif Ghani starting with Michelle (2008) the 16-minute pilot for his feature Ill Manors, followed by the music video Pieces for Radio-1 favourites Chase and Status.

Ben featured as Dabs in Noel Clarke’s award-winning Adulthood and more recently as Noel opposite Michael Caine in the current British hit Harry Brown. Ben was recently selected in Screen International’s 2009 “Stars of Tomorrow”.