Porn star teacher from Hackney in Big Brother

16:34 07 June 2012

Benedict as stripper "Johnny Anglais"

Benedict as stripper "Johnny Anglais"

Archant

A former school teacher from Hackney, who made national headlines when pupils discovered he was moonlighting as a stripper and porn star, is now set for another taste of fame as a Big Brother contestant.

Hackney resident Benedict Garrett was suspended from his teaching job in Redbridge after bosses became aware students had watched him online appearing in a trailer for an adult film in June 2010, under his alias “Johnny Anglais”.

Benedict had started work at Beal High School in January 2008 as head of the personal, social, and health education (PSHE) department.

The 32-year-old, who is now appearing on Channel 5’s reality show Big Brother, along with 15 other contestants, lives with his 18-year-old foster son – his former student.

Last September, Benedict told the Gazette he had rescued the boy, who was 17 at the time, from an Islamic school in India after the teenager contacted him for help, saying he had been sent there from the UK against his wishes.

Benedict said he paid for the boy’s ticket home, and was subsequently cleared by Hackney social services to look after him.

Benedict told Big Brother viewers his personality sometimes rubs people up the wrong way.

“I think sometimes I get accused of being condescending to some people – patronizing,” he said. “That might come from the fact I used to be a teacher.

“I have quite strong opinions and I think people sometimes find that quite difficult to deal with.”

Benedict won the right to continue teaching at a hearing last September but was handed a reprimand by the General Teaching Council after being found guilty of unacceptable professional misconduct.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
It is vital that 10-year-old Malikhi is found as soon as possible [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

We are pleased to report that Malakhi Chijiutomi-Ghosh, a seriously ill 10-year-old boy who went missing this morning, has been found.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Pictured: not the perfect crime [Photograph by Flixtey/Wikimedia Commons]

An Ilford man has escaped jail after he tried to rob a bookmakers with a tin of fish.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Here's what Isomeric Slides will look like once it's built [Image courtesy of Carsten Höller and LUMA Foundation]

If you loved the giant slides at the Tate in 2006, you’re in luck: Carsten Höller’s crazy tubes are coming back to London as part of a huge survey of his art called Carsten Höller: Decision.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett chaired the Lib Dems LGBT group (Pic: Libdems.org.uk)

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Vauxhall in south London, has revealed his battle with homophobic bullying, drug abuse and HIV.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd sits in her creation (Pic: Create/Emil Charlaff)

If you missed the pop-up ball pit for adults, don’t worry - there’s a permanent soft play area open at the Abbey Leisure Centre that hopes to prove art can be child’s play.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Munch on a tasy three course dinner at The Refinery!

“Where to go for a drink near Great Portland Street?” was previously met with blank expressions and shrugs for those local to the area, not anymore, thanks to the opening of The Refinery at Regent’s Place, the eighth bar and restaurant from hugely-successful group Drake & Morgan.

Read more