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Saint Lucia-born actor in new Netflix movie

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Video image of Joseph Marcell as the Chief of Wimbe in the Netflix movie

(SNO) — Saint Lucia-born actor, Joseph Marcell, who is best known for his butler role in the comedy hit series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is part of a new Netflix movie, ‘The Boy who Harnessed the Wind’.

The movie, based on a true story, was released on the streaming giant on January 25.

Video image of Joseph Marcell as the Chief of Wimbe in the Netflix movie

It tells the story of a 13-year-old boy in Wimbe, a village in the Southeast African country of Malawi, who was determined to save the village by building a wind turbine to power a water pump.

He sneaked into the library and was able to build the windmill from scraps he finds around his village, bringing not only water, but electricity and a future to his family.

In the movie, Marcell plays the Chief of Wimbe, an old man desperate to save his people although there was a severe lack of resources and a bit too much tradition.

Marcell was born in Saint Lucia on August 14, 1948 but moved to the United Kingdom when he was nine years old.

Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey the butler in “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. At right is Will Smith.

He has appeared in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), Holby City (1999) and CBS Summer Playhouse (1987) and many other TV and movie productions.

He has also appeared in many stage productions such as King Lear and Gem of the Ocean, among others.

Marcell lives in the United Kingdom.

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