John Benfield

John Benfield

Highest Rated: 91% Beautiful Thing (1996)

Lowest Rated: 46% Cassandra's Dream (2007)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: England, UK

British actor John Benfield accrued a long list of onscreen appearances in a career that began in 1981 with a supporting role in the TV sci-fi miniseries "The Day of the Triffids." After this kitschy entry into television, Benfield began balancing parts in TV movies with small roles in a number of British TV series, including the historical drama "By the Sword Divided," the gruff detective drama "Bulman," and the long-running crime thriller "Eurocops." In 1991 the dour-looking character actor landed the part of DCS Michael Kernan on the TV movie crime drama "Prime Suspect." This detective-driven narrative starred Helen Mirren and proved wildly popular, spawning six sequels in which Benfield reprised his role. In 1999, he took a memorable turn in the short-lived Simon Pegg sitcom "Hippies," on which he played the doddering dad. Though the series didn't last, it did draw notice to Benfield's comedic chops, which led to his recurring role in the cheeky wedding-blues sitcom "The Worst Week of My Life." While known predominantly for his work in British television, the talented supporting player has earned roles in a number of films, among them the puppy-packed family adventure "101 Dalmations," the Wachowski siblings' colorful action movie "Speed Racer," and the World War II-set thriller "Charlotte Gray." Benfield continued to work in film and television, but grew more selective as the years progressed. John Benfield died of sarcoma on June 16, 2020 at the age of 68.

Highest rated movies

Beautiful Thing
Hidden Agenda
Cold Skin
Cassandra's Dream



48% 56% Cold Skin Captain Axel (Character) - 2017
46% 49% Cassandra's Dream Mr. Blaine (Character) $969.6K 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marchioness Disaster Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 47% Evilenko Unknown (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 61% The Third Wave Stevens (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 75% An Angel for May PC Clegg (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 91% Endgame Dunston (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 50% 24 Hours in London Insp. Duggan (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet You're Dead... Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sharpe's Revenge Calvet (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Garden of Redemption Mayor of Vaiano (Character) - 1997
91% 93% Beautiful Thing Rodney Barr (Character) $1.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prime Suspect: Inner Circles DCS Kernan (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Calling the Shots Charlie (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prime Suspect 2 D Supt Michael Kernan (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Agent Michaelis (Character) - 1992
85% 72% Hidden Agenda Maxwell (Character) $69.2K 1990
No Score Yet 29% The Sign of Four McMurdo (Character) - 1982


No Score Yet No Score Yet Casualty Gerry Gilbert (Character) 2014
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1996
No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1996
100% 61% Prime Suspect Chief Supt. Kernan (Character) 1992-1993 1995