Plan B

Born 22 October 1983.

UK rapper Ben Drew

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Plan B chats to Twin B

Ben Drew aka Plan B chats to Twin about iLL Manors, music and breakfast!

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Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew (born 22 October 1983), primarily known as Plan B or Ben Drew, is an English rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director from Forest Gate, London. Plan B first emerged as a hip hop artist, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words in 2006. His second studio album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks (2010), was a soul record and went straight to number one on the UK Albums Chart. He has also collaborated with other artists such as Chase & Status, most notably on the top ten single "End Credits" (2009).

Drew has also had a successful film career as an actor, with roles in Adulthood (2008), Harry Brown (2009), (2010) and The Sweeney (2012). In 2012 Drew released the film Ill Manors, which he wrote and directed, accompanied by a Plan B soundtrack album which became his second number one album.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of ill Manors

    ill Manors 2012

    Reviewed by Michael Cragg
    Unrelentingly bleak situations depicted with a cinematic eye for detail.
  2. Review of The Defamation of Strickland Banks

    The Defamation of Strickland Banks 2010

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    This could steer Plan B towards being one of the year’s biggest pop stars.
  3. Review of Who Needs Action When You Got Words

    Who Needs Action When You Got Words 2006

    Reviewed by Adam Webb
    ...starts off illuminating, but ends up banal.
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