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Benjamin Langer Bass (born August 14, 1968) is an American-Canadian television and stage actor. He is best known for his role as 16th century Spanish vampire Javier Vachon in the series Forever Knight, and for his more recent role as officer/detective Sam Swarek on the Global police television series Rookie Blue, which also aired on ABC.

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Benjamin Langer Bass

(1968-08-14) August 14, 1968 (age 50)
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Laura Carswell (2011-2016)


Life and careerEdit

Bass was born in Baltimore, Maryland. At age 7, he moved with his family to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He speaks French fluently.

He started his television career by appearing in the show 21 Jump Street, and started his stage career when he appeared in Angry Housewives. He was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for best supporting actor in Angry Housewives. Also, he originated the stage role of the young Elvis Presley in Are You Lonesome Tonight at The Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island. Following that, he attended Theatre School at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. After returning to Canada, he appeared in television guest roles before becoming a regular cast member of the series Forever Knight as the 16th century Spanish vampire Javier Vachon.

He also appeared at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac and as the lead in In the Ring and also appeared as Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew at the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Nova Scotia.

Bass then played a lead character in the TV show The Eleventh Hour and was nominated for a Gemini Award for this role. He also starred in a TV miniseries Would Be Kings for which he received a second Gemini nomination. His next role as Sam Swarek in Rookie Blue garnered nominations for a Canadian Screen Award in 2014 and 2016. His film career includes A Cool Dry Place, Bride of Chuck, and The 6th Day.

Personal lifeEdit

On June 14, 2011, he married[1] actress Laura Carswell. As of 2016, they are divorced.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 21 Jump Street Leonard 1 Episode
Street Legal New Mel 1 Episode
1989 Bordertown Trevor Andres 2 Episodes
1992 A Killer Among Friends Steve TV movie
1995 Forever Knight Javier Vachon 13 Episodes
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Placement Agent
Bride of Chucky Lieutenant Ellis
Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story Rex Reed TV movie
1999 Murder in a Small Town Michael TV movie
Beggars and Choosers Brian Peske 29 Episodes
Da Vinci's Inquest Rick O'Malley (1999); Hardy's Lawyer (2001) 2 Episodes
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story TV movie
The Hunger Dave 1 Episode
2000 First Wave Russ 1 Episode
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show ND-3 Controller 1 Episode
Hollywood Off-Ramp 1 Episode
Stargate SG-1 Dr. Steven Rayner 1 Episode
The 6th Day Bodyguard
Big Sound Darryl 8 Episodes
2001 Strange Frequency Tom West TV movie; Segment: Room Service
The Lone Gunmen Josh Gillnitz 1 Episode
Night Visions Paul 1 Episode
2002 Jeremiah Rasmussen 1 Episode
Monk Gavin Lloyd 2 Episodes
Tom Stone Graham Pearson 7 Episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone Trevor Black 1 Episode
Bliss Marcus 1 Episode
Dead Like Me Chris Freedman 1 Episode
2004 The Chris Isaak Show Ben 1 Episode
The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess Peter Gill TV movie
The Eleventh Hour Henry Shelley 13 Episodes
2005 Queer as Folk Tad 2 Episodes
2006 Last Exit David TV movie
2007 Law & Order Dr. Adam Vaughn 1 Episode
2008 Would Be Kings Jamie Collins TV Mini-Series
Flashpoint Harlan Geddes 1 Episode
Dream Man Short
2010 Rookie Blue Officer/Detective Sam Swarek Series Regular - Starring role
2014 The Good Sister Jack TV Movie
2015 Love's Complicated Cinco Dublin TV movie
2017 Saving Hope Doug Reid 1 Episode
2018 The Detail Marc Savage


Year Award Category Work nominated Result Ref
2005 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role The Eleventh Hour Nominated
2008 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Would Be Kings Nominated
2014 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Rookie Blue Nominated [2]


  1. ^ Keshaunta Moton (2011-06-26). "Rookie Blue Interview with Ben Bass: we interrupt this honeymoon". Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards — 2014 Nominees and Winners". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Archived from the original on 2014-12-26.

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