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Derek Benfield (11 March 1926 – 10 March 2009) was a British playwright and actor.
He was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, and educated at Bingley Grammar School. He was the author of the stage farce Running Riot and the second actor to play Patricia Routledge's character's husband in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–98). He also appeared with Colin Baker as John Hallam in the Doctor Who audio play Catch-1782 produced by Big Finish Productions.
Arguably Benfield's best known character portrayal was as transport company foreman Bill Riley in the UK television series The Brothers in the early 1970s. Before this, he starred as Frank Skinner in the 1970 cult sci-fi series broadcast on UK ITV, Timeslip. Some of his other television roles included Walter Greenhalgh from Coronation Street (1961–69), Albert the Clerk from Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–80), Breakaway (1980) and First of the Summer Wine (1988).
His film credits include small roles in Crossplot (1969), I Don't Want to Be Born (1975) and Lifeforce (1985). His plays included the farces Post Horn Gallop and Wild Goose Chase, both about the fictional exploits of the eccentric Lord and Lady Elrood and visitors to their castle.
Benfield was married to Susan, had two children Kate and Jamie and was grandfather to Daniel and Alexander.
|1996 to 1998||Hetty Wainthropp Investigates||Robert Wainthropp|
|1988 to 1989||First of the Summer Wine||Mr Scrimshaw|
|1983-1984||Hallelujah||Andrew Gibson/Arthur Walton|
|1978-1979||Rumpole of the Bailey||Albert Handyside|
|1972 to 1976||The Brothers||Bill Riley|
- "BENFIELD - Deaths Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". Announcements.telegraph.co.uk. 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- Derek Benfield at the Internet Movie Database
- Obituary in The Times
- Obituary in The Daily Telegraph
- Obituary in The Guardian
- Obituary in The Independent