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John Benfield


A favorite for portraying villainy and fathership and recognized for his gritty yet soothing voice and chilling eyes, John Benfield is best known for playing men on either side of the law. Cast early in his career as a major character in the genre-defining series Prime Suspect, his face is anything but forgettable. See full bio »

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Known For

Speed Racer Cruncher Block
(2008)
Cassandra's Dream Brian Blaine
(2007)
Prime Suspect DCS Michael Kernan
(1991)
(2013)

Filmography

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 2017 Cold Skin
Captain Axel
 2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man (TV Series)
Jim Stepton
- The Charm Offensive (2016) ... Jim Stepton
- A Twist of Fate (2016) ... Jim Stepton
 2015 A.D. The Bible Continues (TV Series)
Yitzhak
- The Road to Damascus (2015) ... Yitzhak
- The Visit (2015) ... Yitzhak
 2009-2014 Casualty (TV Series)
Gerry Gilbert / George Weaver / Albert Rossiter
- Falling: Part One (2014) ... Gerry Gilbert
- Fixed (2011) ... George Weaver
- Tidings of Comfort and Joy (2009) ... Albert Rossiter
 2014 Doctors (TV Series)
Bobby Fledgling
- Quick Fingered (2014) ... Bobby Fledgling
 2013 The Tunnel (TV Series)
Graham Roebuck
- Episode #1.10 (2013) ... Graham Roebuck
 2013 The Best Offer
Barman
 2012 Unoriginal (Short)
Controller
 2011 Camelot (TV Series)
Alded
- Homecoming (2011) ... Alded
 2010 New Tricks (TV Series)
Doug Palmer
- Gloves Off (2010) ... Doug Palmer
 2008 Speed Racer
Cruncher Block
 2008 The Trojan Horse (TV Mini-Series)
Inspector Hafferty
- Part One (2008) ... Inspector Hafferty
 2008 The Palace (TV Mini-Series)
Ray Mellor
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Ray Mellor
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Ray Mellor
 2007 Double Time (TV Movie)
Kenny
 2007 The Marchioness Disaster (TV Movie)
Peter Butcher
 2007 Cassandra's Dream
Brian Blaine
 2007 Flood
Frank
 1991-2007 The Bill (TV Series)
Danny Parker / Frankie Steele / Albie Markham / ...
- Sweet Revenge (2007) ... Danny Parker
- 018: Tough Love (2002) ... Frankie Steele
- Inside Straight (2000) ... Albie Markham
- Minimum Force (1991) ... Greaves
 2007 Bonkers (TV Series)
Terry Cavanagh
- Episode #1.6 (2007) ... Terry Cavanagh
 2007 Holby City (TV Series)
Kevin McAlley
- Feast or Famine (2007) ... Kevin McAlley
 2005 Harold the Amazing Contortionist Pig (Short)
Circus Owner
 2004-2005 The Worst Week of My Life (TV Series)
Ron
- Thursday (2005) ... Ron
- Tuesday (2005) ... Ron
- Monday (2005) ... Ron
- Sunday (2004) ... Ron
- Saturday (2004) ... Ron
 2005 Derailed (TV Movie)
Len Northcott
 2004 Evilenko
 2003 Gifted (TV Movie)
Harry Boothroyd
 2003 Den tredje vågen
Stevens
 2002 An Angel for May (TV Movie)
PC Clegg
 2002 Aka Albert Walker (TV Movie)
DCI Dawlish
 2001 Charlotte Gray
Loque
 2001 Endgame
Dunston
 2001 Lover's Prayer
Nirmansky
 2000 Rhona (TV Series)
Liam Punt
- The Tailor (2000) ... Liam Punt
 2000 Dalziel and Pascoe (TV Series)
Kenneth Barbour
- Above the Law (2000) ... Kenneth Barbour
 2000 24 Hours in London
Insp. Duggan
 2000 Justice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Bromfield
 2000 Sunburn (TV Series)
Reg Storey
- Episode #2.5 (2000) ... Reg Storey
 1999 Hippies (TV Mini-Series)
Dad
- Disgusting Hippies (1999) ... Dad
- Hippy Dippy Hippies (1999) ... Dad
- Sexy Hippies (1999) ... Dad
- Hairy Hippies (1999) ... Dad
- Protesting Hippies (1999) ... Dad
 1999 You're Dead...
Badger
 1999 Maisie Raine (TV Series)
Gordon Daker
- Old Scores (1999) ... Gordon Daker
 1998 Cousin Bette
Dr. Bianchon
 1998 Owd Bob
Blake
 1997 The Garden of Redemption (TV Movie)
Mayor of Vaiano
 1997 Sharpe's Revenge (TV Movie)
Calvet
 1996 101 Dalmatians
Doorman
 1996 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Inspector Minty
- Confession (1996) ... Inspector Minty
 1996 Beautiful Thing
Rodney Barr
 1995 Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (TV Movie)
Chief Supt. Kernan
 1995 Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (TV Movie)
DCS Kernan
 1995 Prime Suspect: The Lost Child (TV Movie)
DCS Kernan
 1994 Broken Heart (Short)
Ronnie
 1994 Murder Most Horrid (TV Series)
Barry Todd
- Smashing Bird (1994) ... Barry Todd
 1994 Broken Lives (TV Movie)
 1994 Calling the Shots (TV Series)
Charlie
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Charlie
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Charlie
 1994 The All New Alexei Sayle Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1994)
 1993 Prime Suspect 3 (TV Mini-Series)
Chief Supt. Kernan
- Part 2 (1993) ... Chief Supt. Kernan
- Part 1 (1993) ... Chief Supt. Kernan
 1993 In the Name of the Father
Chief PO Barker
 1993 Sean's Show (TV Series)
Policeman Ben
- Tea With Agatha (1993) ... Policeman Ben
- Don't Eat Meat (1993) ... Policeman Ben
 1993 Maigret (TV Series)
Henri Lautier
- Maigret on the Defensive (1993) ... Henri Lautier
 1993 In Suspicious Circumstances (TV Series)
William Gardiner
- Candle in the Window (1993) ... William Gardiner
 1993 Love Hurts (TV Series)
Vinnie Stevens
- If the Cap Fits (1993) ... Vinnie Stevens
 1993 Spender (TV Series)
Ernie Peters
- Puck (1993) ... Ernie Peters
 1992 Prime Suspect 2 (TV Mini-Series)
D Supt Michael Kernan
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... D Supt Michael Kernan
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... D Supt Michael Kernan
 1992 The Secret Agent (TV Series)
Michaelis
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Michaelis
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Michaelis
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Michaelis
 1992 Between the Lines (TV Series)
Michael Carswell
- A Watch & Chain of Course (1992) ... Michael Carswell
 1992 Screen One (TV Series)
Mr. Reddy
- Born Kicking (1992) ... Mr. Reddy
 1991 Prime Suspect (TV Mini-Series)
DCS Michael Kernan
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... DCS Michael Kernan
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... DCS Michael Kernan
 1991 4 Play (TV Series)
Gordon Turnbull
- 'Itch (1991) ... Gordon Turnbull
 1990 Hidden Agenda
Maxwell
 1990 Zorro (TV Series)
Saragoza
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (1990) ... Saragoza
 1988-1990 Eurocops (TV Series)
George Jackson
- Pushed (1990) ... George Jackson
- Firing the Bullets (1989) ... George Jackson
- Hunting the Squirrel (1988) ... George Jackson
 1990 Making News (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Fisher
- Conspiracy (1990) ... Det. Insp. Fisher
 1990 Treasure Island (TV Movie)
Black Dog
 1989 The Paradise Club (TV Series)
D Supt Chivvers
- Bring on the Cavalry (1989) ... D Supt Chivvers
 1988 Boon (TV Series)
Joyman
- The Devil You Know (1988) ... Joyman
 1988 Buster
Jimmy
 1987-1988 Floodtide (TV Series)
Detective Inspector Brook
- Episode #2.6 (1988) ... Detective Inspector Brook
- Episode #2.5 (1988) ... Detective Inspector Brook
- Episode #2.4 (1988) ... Detective Inspector Brook
- Episode #2.3 (1988) ... Detective Inspector Brook
- Episode #2.2 (1988) ... Detective Inspector Brook
 1986 Lenny Henry Tonite (TV Series)
- What a Country! (1986)
 1986 Whoops Apocalypse
Secret Service Agent
 1986 Call Me Mister (TV Series)
Bennett
- Running Time (1986) ... Bennett
 1986 The Monocled Mutineer (TV Mini-Series)
 1986 King & Castle (TV Series)
George Gadney
- Exodus (1986) ... George Gadney
 1986 Prospects (TV Series)
Kev Nolan / Kev
- Standing on Your Own One Foot (1986) ... Kev Nolan
- Dirty Weekend (1986) ... Kev
 1985 The Black Tower (TV Mini-Series)
Gunman
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Gunman
 1985 Bulman (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Holmes / Inspector
- I Met a Man Who Wasn't There (1985) ... Inspector
- The Name of the Game (1985) ... Det. Insp. Holmes
- Winds of Change (1985) ... Det. Insp. Holmes
 1985 Titus Andronicus (TV Movie)
Messenger / 1st Goth / Caius
 1985 Number One (TV Movie)
Contestant
 1985 Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (TV Movie)
Griesch
 1985 Gulag (TV Movie)
Lubyanka Guard #2
 1984/I Breakout
Minder
 1984 The Brief (TV Series)
Redcap
- Nickels and Dimes (1984) ... Redcap
 1983 The Beggar's Opera (TV Movie)
Jailer
 1983 By the Sword Divided (TV Series)
Mr. Syms
- Not Peace, But a Sword (1983) ... Mr. Syms
- Ashes to Ashes (1983) ... Mr. Syms
 1983 The Sign of Four (TV Movie)
McMurdo
 1983 The Nation's Health (TV Series)
Patient - Michael
- Collapse (1983) ... Patient - Michael
 1983 The Third Part of Henry the Sixth (TV Movie)
Earl of Northumberland / 2nd Keeper / Huntsman
 1983 The Second Part of Henry the Sixth (TV Movie)
First Murderer / Ship's Master
 1983 The First Part of Henry the Sixth (TV Movie)
Basset / French Sergeant
 1982 Minder (TV Series)
Painter
- Back in Good Old England (1982) ... Painter
 1981 The Day of the Triffids (TV Mini-Series)
Ted
- Episode #1.4 (1981) ... Ted
 1981 It Ain't Half Hot Mum (TV Series)
MP Corporal
- The Long Road Home (1981) ... MP Corporal
 1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
2nd Man
- The Union (1981) ... 2nd Man
 1981 The Winter's Tale (TV Movie)
Gaoler
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