25 Facts About Beeban Kidron


Beeban Kidron was born in north London, to Nina and Michael Beeban Kidron.


Beeban Kidron's parents were the founders and proprietors of the independent publishing house Pluto Press, which started life from the laundry room of their family home.


Beeban Kidron went on to teach economics, and the family spent several years living in Yorkshire while he taught at the University of Hull.


Beeban Kidron attended Camden School for Girls in Sandall Road, Camden.


Beeban Kidron first took up photography when she was given a camera by landscape photographer Fay Godwin during a period when she was unable to speak following a throat operation.


Beeban Kidron's photographs were spotted by photographer Eve Arnold, whom she worked for at the age of 16 for two years.


Aged 20, Beeban Kidron enrolled at the National Film School as a camerawoman.


In 1992 Beeban Kidron moved to Hollywood to make Used People with Shirley MacLaine and Marcello Mastroianni.


Beeban Kidron then returned to the UK to pair up with Winterson for the BBC film Great Moments in Aviation starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce, which was renamed Shades of Fear by Miramax CEO Harvey Weinstein.


The 1990s and early 2000s saw Beeban Kidron move between Hollywood, New York and London, making features, TV programmes and documentaries.


Beeban Kidron spent much of 2010 in Southern India researching and shooting a documentary on the Devadasi.


In 2013 Beeban Kidron directed the documentary InRealLife, a co-production between Cross Street Films and Studio Lambert.


Beeban Kidron was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to drama.


On 25 June 2012, Beeban Kidron was created a life peer as Baroness Beeban Kidron, of Angel in the London Borough of Islington, and was introduced in the House of Lords the following day.


Beeban Kidron was appointed on the recommendation of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and sits as a crossbencher.


From 2019 to present, Beeban Kidron sits on the House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee, having previously been on the Lords Communications Select Committee and contributed to the 2017 House of Lords "Growing up with the Internet" report.


Beeban Kidron is the Founder and Chair of 5Rights Foundation, an organisation she established in 2013 to promote the rights of children online.


Beeban Kidron is a member of the UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, a UN commission set up to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals; a member of the Global Council for Extended Intelligence; a member of the UNICEF Artificial Intelligence and Child Rights policy guidance group; and sat on the WeProtect Child Dignity Alliance Technical Working Group.


Beeban Kidron, gaining cross-party support, introduced an amendment to The Data Protection Act 2018 that gave effect to the requirement to offer children specific data protection.


Beeban Kidron was awarded an honorary doctorate from Kingston University in 2010 for her contribution to education.


Beeban Kidron became a board member of the UK Film Council in 2008 with a mandate to provide film education.


Beeban Kidron was a member of the Joint Arts Council England and Durham University Commission on Creativity and Education from 2018, is a patron of Law Action Worldwide and was previously was a member of the Royal Foundation's Taskforce for the Prevention of Cyberbullying, chaired by HRH Duke of Cambridge.


Beeban Kidron is a frequent speaker and contributor on all aspects of children's digital interactions and the need for human-centred system design.


From 2016 to 2019 Beeban Kidron was a visiting fellow at Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University.


Beeban Kidron was a member of the Growing Up Digital Taskforce for the Children's Commissioner's Growing Up Digital report in 2017.