The way to heaven may not be paved with gold but actress Liz Benson had to walk the golden glitz of showbiz before getting on that path. That is not to say that she has kissed acting good bye as she has appeared in a couple of productions since heeding the call in the late 90s including Stanlee Ohikhuare’s recent film, Behind the Wheels, Udoka Oyeka’s Living Funeral, Stephanie Linus’s Dry and a host of others.
Elizabeth Benson, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, started acting when she was just five and wows even today when she focuses on her evangelism work and rarely appears in films.
Married to Bishop Great Emeya of Freedom Family Assembly on July 18, 2009, in Warri, Delta State, she has three children from her previous marriage to the late Samuel Gabriel Etim.
A fantastic actor, she is in control whether on stage, television or the big screen but that may never have been left to her parents who preferred that she obtain a degree in criminal law.
Liz Benson however returned from the United States with a degree in dramatic arts from the Havana State University in Georgia.
Lead roles for television and radio commercials were waiting for her upon her return and she soon branched off to taking over the stage at the National Theatre naturally progressing to television and soon became one of Nollywood’s unforgettable darlings.
Her early acting credits include a lead in the Collective Artiste presentation of Femi Osofisan’s Who is Afraid of Solarin?, a supporting actress in the long rested television detective series, Third Eye, and the big one, the role of Mrs. Agnes Johnson in Zeb Ejiro’s Fortunes, which ran for all of two years on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
Her roles in Circle of Doom, Shame, Yesterday, Evil Men 1 and 2, Trial, Izaga, Burden, Body of Vengeance, True Confession and a host of others, stamped her signature on the Nigerian movie industry. She has more or less left that behind to become an evangelist.
Bet you didn’t know one of her daughters just got married and Liz Benson is gearing up to become a grandmother.