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Bennett in Ontario, 2004
19 November 1949 |
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
|Spouse(s)||married 2 times|
|Children||Matthew, Michael, Sam Bennett, Hannah|
Nigel Bennett (born 19 November 1949) is an English actor/director/writer who has been based in Canada since 1986. He is best known for playing the vampire patriarch Lucien LaCroix in the TV series Forever Knight, for which he won the Canadian Gemini Award for best supporting actor in a dramatic series.
Life and career
Bennett has also been in a number of major films such as Murder at 1600 and The Skulls, and many, many other TV series. He had recurring roles in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and Lexx. He also starred in a series of Oatmeal Crisp cereal commercials in the 1990s.
Teaming up with writer P.N. Elrod, Bennett co-authored a series of acclaimed "James Bond with fangs" vampire adventure novels for Baen Books. The "Lord Richard, Vampire" trilogy includes Keeper of the King, His Father's Son, and Siege Perilous. He also contributed the short story "Wolf and Hound" to "Dracula's London," a collection edited by Elrod for Ace Science Fiction.
Bennett keeps himself busy with additional film and TV roles, stage work, convention and charity appearances. He was the artistic director of the world-renowned Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, from 2006–2007.
He has four children. His first, Matthew, is married with children and lives in Brighton, England. The second, Michael, a graduate of the King's College in Halifax, Canada, now attends university in London, Ontario. Sam is attending high school in Toronto and Hannah, his daughter, lives with her mother and Nigel in Nova Scotia.
Bennett's acting bug first bit him at age eleven when he played a Roman citizen in a school play — Shaw's Antony and Cleopatra. He graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in theatre, and taught for a year and a half before beginning acting full time. He had fifteen years of stage experience in England prior to moving to Canada. He attended Tettenhall College in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.
- The Summit (TV mini-series) (2008), Ian Greene
- Burn Up (TV mini-series) (2008), Jerry
- The Border (2008), Andrew Mannering - 4 episodes
- Murdoch Mysteries (2008), Chief Constable Giles / Inspector Giles (2011-2012)
- The State Within (2006), Charles Macintyre - 7 episodes
- Reversible Errors (2004), Talmadge
- Too Young to Be a Dad (2002), Dr. Howell
- Andromeda (TV) Paroo
- Interceptor Force 2, Jack Bavaro
- Cypher (2002), Finster
- Lexx (TV) (Series Regular) (2000–2002), Prince
- The Crossing (2000), Gen. Horatio Gates - TV
- The Skulls (2000), Dr. Rupert Whitney
- Top of the Food Chain (1999), Michel O'Shea
- Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996–1999), Frank Elsinger - TV, 29 episodes
- War of 1812 (TV mini-series) (1999). Winfield Scott
- One Tough Cop (1998), Inspector Bassie
- '''Earth: Final Conflict''' (TV) (Series Regular) Season 1 episode 10 "Live Free or Die" January 5, 1998 Raymond MacIntyre
- Strike! (1998), Harvey Sawyer
- La Femme Nikita (1997), Egran Petrosian
- Gotti (1996), Bruce Mouw
- Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996), Nico (Rooker's #1 henchman)
- The Arrow (1996), Aeronautical Engineer Jim Floyd, Mini-series (CBC)
- Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993), John Mitchell - TV
- Forever Knight (1992–1996), Lacroix - TV series regular
- Harrison Bergeron (1995), Dr. Eisenstock - TV
- A Child's Christmas in Wales (1987), Father (past) - TV
- BBC2 Playhouse (1981–1982), Mr. Ring - TV, 3 episodes
- Coronation Street (1977), Colin Bailey - TV, 1 episode
- Play for Today (The Happy Hunting Ground) (1976) - TV