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      Hywel Bennett

      Hywel Bennett

      Highest Rated: 75% The Family Way (1966)

      Lowest Rated: 31% Vatel (2000)

      Birthday: Apr 8, 1944

      Birthplace: Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK

      After an unusual, cross-dressing stage debut as Ophelia in "Hamlet," Welsh actor Hywel Bennett became the regular "angry young man" in stage productions before expanding his range for a wide variety of British film and TV parts. He took an early interest in acting and made the aforementioned London debut at age 15 with the Youth Theatre (where the old tradition of men playing female parts persisted). Several years later, he made the jump to television, first in a supporting part in the classic science fiction serial "Doctor Who." Features followed, including a notable early role as a beleaguered newlywed alongside former child star Hayley Mills in "The Family Way." Bennett had key roles in a couple of offbeat pictures, the comedic anti-war drama "The Virgin Soldiers" and the darkly comic crime caper "Loot." In the Cold War espionage miniseries based on the John le Carré novel "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," he filled another important supporting part. One of his most high-profile parts came at the helm of his own long-running series, "Shelley," as the title character, a sardonic, anti-establishment layabout. Bennett later had recurring roles in classic British shows playing a gangland boss on "EastEnders" and a serial-killer suspect on the astoundingly enduring police drama "The Bill."

      Highest rated movies

      75% The Family Way
      31% Vatel

      Photos

      THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS, Hywel Bennett (front), 1969 THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS, Hywel Bennett, 1969 LOOT, from left: Hywel Bennett, Roy Holder, 1970 THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, Jane Asher, Hywel Bennett, 1970 THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS, Hywel Bennett, 1969 THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS, Hywel Bennett, Lynn Redgrave, 1969 THE FAMILY WAY, Hywel Bennett, 1966 THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, Hywel Bennett, Leigh Taylor-Young, 1970 THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, Jane Asher, Hywel Bennett, 1970 THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, Sven-Bertil Taube, Hywel Bennett, Leigh Taylor-Young, 1970 THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, Hywel Bennett, Leigh Taylor-Young, 1970 THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, Sven-Bertil Taube, Jane Asher, Hywel Bennett, 1970 THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, Jane Asher, Leigh Taylor-Young, Hywel Bennett, Sven-Bertil Taube, 1970 THE FAMILY WAY, Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, 1966 THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN, Jane Asher, Hywel Bennett, 1970 PERCY, Hywel Bennett, 1971 THE FAMILY WAY, Hywel Bennett, Hayley Mills, 1966 THE FAMILY WAY, Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, 1966 PERCY, from left: Hywel Bennett, Britt Ekland, 1971 PERCY, Hywel Bennett (left), 1971

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Second Quest Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One for the Road Richard Stevens (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quest Ronno (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lloyd and Hill Dr. Freddie Marks (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Married 2 Malcolm Reg (Character) - 2000
      31% 61% Vatel Colbert (Character) $49.5K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nasty Neighbours The Boss (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 47% Mary, Mother of Jesus Herod (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Misery Harbour The Captain (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Neverwhere Mr. Croup (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harpur and Iles ACC Desmond Iles (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 20% Deadly Advice Dr. Crippen (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Mind to Kill: Rachel Hardcastle Unknown (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Other Side of Paradise Purvis (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Mind to Kill Dr. Gareth Lewis (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 44% Deadline Mike Jessop (Character) $86.7K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frankie and Johnnie Allan Blakeston (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Elite Jimmy Fowler (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Artemis 81 Unknown (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a 2' 6" Above the Ground World Mick Goonahan (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Ban Mick Goonahan (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 38% Endless Night Michael (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 29% Percy Edwin Anthony (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Buttercup Chain France (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 32% Loot Dennis (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 43% The Virgin Soldiers Pvt. Brigg (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 65% Twisted Nerve Martin Durnley (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Drop Dead, My Love Leonardo (Character) - 1968
      75% 82% The Family Way Arthur Fitton (Character) - 1966

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clatterford Dr. Mike Vine (Character) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last of the Summer Wine Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Karaoke Arthur 'Pig' Mallion (Character) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Neverwhere Mr Croup (Character) 1996
      100% 88% Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Ricki Tarr (Character) 1979
      68% 79% Doctor Who Rynian (Character) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Classic Doctor Who Rynian (Character) 1965