What Benefits Street cast did next – from £50k reality show gig to cocaine bust, catwalk modelling and tragic deaths

IT was the notorious show that gave viewers a no holds barred have a look at life on the breadline for residents on an extraordinary Birmingham road.

But now, Benefits Street’s most well-known face Deirdre Kelly – generally known as White Dee – has claimed the producers “exploited” those that appeared on the show, and left them feeling “hung out to dry” when the cameras stopped rolling.

Deirdre Kelly AKA White Dee has said the cast of Benefits Street were left out to dry
Deirdre Kelly AKA White Dee has stated the cast of Benefits Street had been unnoticed to dryCredit: Simon Jones – The Sun
The documentary became an infamous hit in 2014, when it aired on Channel 4
The documentary grew to become an notorious hit in 2014, when it aired on Channel 4Credit: Channel 4

Dee, 50, has claimed Love Productions and Channel 4 did not present “any support” after the collection led to 2015.

The mum-of-two informed BirminghamLive: “We were just left to deal with the fallout.”

Channel 4 dispute the claims, saying: “Psychological support was offered to all those featured in the series throughout the filming, during transmission and beyond.”

Love Productions had been contacted for remark however did not reply to the publication’s requests.

From arrests to tragic deaths, we check out what the residents of James Turner Street did next.

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White Dee

Dee became a minor celebrity after the show and went on Celebrity Big Brother
Dee grew to become a minor movie star after the show and went on Celebrity Big Brother

After the show aired, Dee went on to seem on TV debates and was requested to converse on the Conservative Party convention.

In 2014, she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, for which she claims she was paid round £50,000.

She even appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show earlier than it was axed to reveal how fame didn’t make her wealthy – and admitted she tried to kill herself.

She revealed on the show she’d suffered vile trolling about her mixed-race youngsters, Caitlin and Gerrard.

She stated: “I’ve by no means, ever skilled any racial abuse in my life till… [the show started].

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“And some of the threats aimed at me, and some of my children because of their colour, was disgusting.”

Dee later moved out of James Turner Street to close by Handsworth, which she says is considered one of her greatest regrets.

She beforehand stated: “The show ripped aside my life on the time.

“It changed my life forever and it destroyed the James Turner Street I knew before the show.”

Black Dee

Samora Robeerts AKA Black Dee was jailed for seven years over a crack cocaine bust
Samora Robeerts AKA Black Dee was jailed for seven years over a crack cocaine bustCredit: Newsteam/BPM Media

Samora Roberts – also called Black Dee – was jailed for seven years in January 2016 for possessing dwell ammunition and crack cocaine with intent to provide.

But that wasn’t the primary time the 37-year-old had been in hassle with police.

She was initially arrested in June 2013 when 38-calibre Smith and Wesson cartridges had been discovered throughout police raids on her residence.

The bullets had been stashed in a shoe inside a laundry basket at her residence.

Samora was one of many first Benefits Street residents to hit out at Channel 4 producers for “exploiting” locals.

She had a public spat with former pal White Dee, claiming she was a “sell-out” for showing on Celebrity Big Brother.

Smoggy AKA 50p Man

Smoggy almost got a £10,000 deal to open a Poundland rival but it fell through
Smoggy nearly bought a £10,000 deal to open a Poundland rival however it fell by way ofCredit: Channel 4

Door-to-door salesman Smoggy, actual identify Stephen Smith, grew to become affectionately generally known as “50p Man” after promoting cut-price family wares to the residents of Benefits Street.

His entrepreneurial spirit captured the eye of millionaire Charlie Mullins, who provided him a £10,000 deal to open a 50p low cost retailer to rival Poundland.

Unfortunately, they fell out and the enterprise enterprise did not occur.

Charlie claimed Smoggy might have turn into a millionaire and blamed “bad advice from people around him” for the deal falling by way of.

Stephen beforehand spent 4 months in Birmingham’s Winson Green jail in 2010.

Sherrell Dillion

Sherrell Dillion achieved her dream of being a catwalk model
Sherrell Dillion achieved her dream of being a catwalk mannequinCredit: Channel 4/Instagram
Sherrell has even been in a Big Narstie music video
Sherrell has even been in a Big Narstie music videoCredit: Instagram/@sherrell_sb_model

Sherrell Dillion, generally known as SB, was seen on the show attempting to launch her modelling profession whereas being a single mum-of-two – and she really managed it.

Sherrell has modelled all around the world, and even appeared in a Big Narstie music video.

Last 12 months, she informed Birmingham Live: “I acquired some actually good publicity from my look on Benefits Street. I believe folks might see I used to be doing my greatest as a single mum attempting to forge out a profession in modelling.

“It took lots of laborious work and dedication however I did get my break and earlier than lockdown I used to be travelling overseas finishing up modelling assignments.

“I’ve modelled in London, Paris and Milan. I modelled at London Pacific Fashion Week and was a mannequin on the Black Hair Awards which was considered one of my favorite jobs.

“Before lockdown I also appeared in several music videos including a video with rapper Big Narstie. It was so much fun.”

James ‘Fungi’ Clarke

James 'Fungi' Clarke sadly died of a drug overdose
James ‘Fungi’ Clarke sadly died of a drug overdoseCredit: BPM Media

Former crack cocaine addict James ‘Fungi’ Clarke moved to Cardiff to escape the eye he acquired after Benefits Street aired.

Still battling booze and drug addictions, a fan later paid £12,000 for him to go to rehab.

James signed with agent Barry Tomes, who had additionally represented White Dee, and took half in {a magazine} shoot to show off his new look.

However, Barry ended their skilled relationship three months later saying James had “disappeared off the planet”.

Then, tragically, on July 1, 2019, it was reported James had died of a coronary heart assault on the age of fifty, apparently triggered by a drug overdose.

He had been residing in a home for recovering drug addicts in Birmingham in his last months, and downing up to 5 litres of cider a day.

Lee Nutley

Lee Nutley also sadly died after Benefits street aired
Lee Nutley additionally sadly died after Benefits road airedCredit: Channel 4

Fellow star Lee Nutley was additionally discovered lifeless in October 2016.

His physique was found by an ambulance crew at a house in Stockton, the place the second collection of the programme was filmed.

Lee suffered quite a lot of well being points within the years main up to his dying, together with epilepsy and heroin habit, however was believed to have been attempting to get his life again collectively.

Mark Thomas and Becky Howe

Mark Thomas and Becky Howe finally got jobs after Benefits Street aired
Mark Thomas and Becky Howe lastly bought jobs after Benefits Street airedCredit: Channel 4

Mark Thomas, 29, had by no means held down a full-time job and bought in hassle after bragging about fiddling his advantages.

But a month after filming completed, he bought a job as a guide labourer and he and companion Becky Howe, additionally 29, stopped claiming.

They and their younger youngsters moved away after the show aired, however did not share their new handle with their neighbours.

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