BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON LORNA SUTARA GAYLE

BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON LORNA SUTARA GAYLE

Lorna Sutara Gayle also known by many as Lorna Gee has been honoured with a special award BEFFTA ENTERTAINMENT ICON for her wonderful contribution in film and entertainment for several years.  The star and founder of Sutara Academy of  Performing Arts which uplifts and inspires young talent in London will pick her special BEFFTA award in the presence of an international audience at the 4th annual BEFFTA awards on 27th October.

The dynamic artistic director , singer and actress born in Brixton South London remain synonymous with the British Reggae genre of Lovers Rock music.  The multi-talented performer begun her foray into music at a very young age. During the late 1970′s, Lorna was a pioneering female presence on male-dominated sound system such as Saxon and Coxsone.

Lorna had her first hit with the catchy tune, Three Weeks Gone – Mi Giro in 1982. However, it was the 1985 smash hit ‘Gotta Find a Way’ that placed her at the top of the Reggae charts for 6 weeks for which she received recognition with two BBC radio London Reggae Awards for Best Female Artist 1985 and 1986.

More recently she returned to her passion which was acting. She spent three years at one of UK’s top drama schools Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art graduating at age 40! Since then, Lorna appeared alongside Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in the Batman movie ‘Dark Knight’ and has also been seen in popular TV series This is England 86′ Silk and Ashes to Ashes, Torchwood, Eastenders and The Bill. Lorna’s theatre credits include Blest Be The Tie and Sugar Mummies – Royal Court Theatre. Nation – National Theatre and The Crucible – Royal Shakespeare Company.