Popular actress Mona Hammond dies

Popular actress Mona Hammond dies

A well-known face of stage and screen, Hammond was also a co-founder of the Talawa Theatre Company, to boost black productions and give more opportunities to aspiring black writers and directors.

Known for her infectious personality, Hammond was described as a trailblazer and had to her name Screen Nation’s highest award and an OBE for services to drama.

Hammond, born Mavis Chin, was born to a Jamaican mother and Chinese father in Clarenden in 1931.

She became an actress while working for a firm of architects and her big break was playing Lady MacBeth at the Roundhouse in 1970.

Many other prominent roles followed, but she will be best remembered for her hilarious Auntie Susu in Desmond’s, a character many of her fans could identify with.

She was 91 and is survived by her son and a granddaughter.

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