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Who is Lola Young?

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A former television and film actor, Baroness Lola Young serves as a member of the British House of Lords as of 2016. Young is the author of a book that explores race, sexuality and gender in film and has served on numerous high-profile cultural boards and judging panels, including chairing the Orange Prize for Literature. She was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2001.

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Born Margaret Omolola Young, she trained at New College of Speech and Drama before launching her career as a performer. Best known for her role in the children's comedy "Mickey Metal," she later became co-director of the Haringey Arts Council. In 1988, she earned a bachelor's degree in cultural studies from Middlesex Polytechnic.

Following her career as a performer, Young achieved success as a social worker, lecturer, public speaker and author. She also worked as a professor of cultural studies.

Through her roles in Parliament and on various advisory boards, Young is a vocal advocate for the arts and women's issues. Young also has a strong interest in promoting ethical trade issues, particularly within the garment industry. She served as Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority, and in 2013, Young lent her support to an initiative to allow women to inherit titles.

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