Iman Benson: Everything We Know About Midnight Club’s Ilonka

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The Midnight Club’ on Netflix is a horror mystery-drama series that captures the stories of a group of terminally ill patients who live together at Brightcliffe Hospice. Created by Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong, it is an adaptation of the 1994 eponymous novel by Christopher Pike. They establish a covert club where they meet per night at midnight and share spooky stories. Ilonka is the main character, and once she arrives at the hospice, a number of dark mysteries about it are revealed.

Iman Benson essays the character of the protagonist, Ilonka. Her performance has garnered some great responses from the audience. Her authentic and compelling portrayal of Ilonka has elevated the show’s feel; thus, she must have made quite a few fans curious about her personal life. If you’re eager to know more about Iman’s background, from her family to her career, here’s everything we found out!

Iman Benson’s Age, Background, and Family

Born on June 25, 2000, Iman Benson is a 22-year-old actress from Atlanta, Georgia. She hails from a  loving and supportive family who have aided her immensely in her journey as an actress, which began at a very early age. Out of her two siblings, Iman, particularly, shares a great bond with her younger sister, Suhialla, and feels grateful for her presence in her life. Wishing her sister on her 19th birthday, she wrote, “The one with the strong exterior but smushy interior & a heart of gold. truly the most loyal, resilient, self-assured person i know. you are my north star, my rib, my keeper, my best friend.”

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Iman revealed that her mother was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She further narrated stories of her childhood, sharing memories she created with her father about going to the movies. The young actress talked about how she developed a love for cinema and decided to pursue acting, saying, “As a kid, I was just always intrigued. My dad was a cinephile while growing up, and we went to the movies every Sunday. And so when I was nine years old, I started doing theater, and that kind of created my love for the craft.”

Iman Benson’s Acting Career

Iman’s passion for acting began at an early age with the help of her father. She always had an interest in performing for people and acting. Thus, after she joined the theatre at age nine, she loved it so much that she kept working there and honed her craft for several years. As a theatre artist, Iman gained more expertise over the years and eventually had more love and appreciation for her skills. Then, her first break at acting in front of the camera came at age 14, when she began doing commercials and voice-over work. “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. And here I am,” she told Glamour.

After many such commercials, Iman was led to her big break in the web series, ‘Uncle Buck,’ wherein she essays the role of Tia Russell. As she got hooked onto the world of acting, Iman made a few appearances in notable TV series like ‘Suits’ and ‘Station 19′ before landing her next significant recurring role as Reagan in the 2018 sitcom, ‘Alexa & Katie.’ She then bagged the major role of Drea Barris in the 2020 TV series, ‘#blackAF.’ Iman’s appearance in ‘The Midnight Club’ further restates that she is going well in her career and has a promising future. Interestingly, her portrayal of Ilonka is a tribute to her mother.

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Is Iman Benson Dating Anyone?

No, Iman Benson is most likely single as of the present. As a young and talented 22-year-old, she is well-focused on refining her skills and furthering her career. In case she is dating anyone, Iman has remained tight-lipped in this regard and has not shared anything about anyone special in her life. With such interesting projects in hand, Iman is doing a great job in presenting her skills and further polishing herself as an actor. Thus, we only wish Iman keeps offering great content and lives a happy and prosperous life.

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