16 November 1965 |
Guisborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Waterloo Road (2011-13, 14—)
Mark Benton (born 16 November 1965) is an English actor, best known for his role in the long-running Nationwide Building Society advertisements, but also known for his roles as Eddie in Early Doors, Howard in Northern Lights and Martin Pond in Barbara.
Mark Benton was born in Guisborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. He was in the same drama class at Stockton Billingham Technical College as Elizabeth Carling. Some of his early acting experience came with Middlesbrough Youth Theatre, with performances in plays such as Atmos Fear and Twist.
Benton has a recurring role as Father McBride in the James Nesbitt series Murphy's Law. He has starred with Vic and Bob in the series Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (remake), Catterick, and Monkey Trousers. He also appeared as an Earthly representative of the Devil in the 2003 ITV drama The Second Coming, and the 2005 ITV drama Planespotting. From 1995 to 2003 he played Martin Pond in sitcom Barbara. He has also starred in the BBC Three comedy I'm with Stupid and in the Doctor Who episode "Rose" as conspiracy theorist Clive. In late 2008 Benton starred in the ITV drama Britannia High. He is the co-star of Scoop, in which he plays Max de Lacey, and he co-starred in the Roman Mysteries episode "The Slave Girl from Jerusalem".
Film roles include Phil in the 2001 cult British independent film Mr In-Between, and the British comedy Three and Out released on 25 April 2008. Mark featured in all three of The Booze Cruise episodes with Martin Clunes and Brian Murphy among notable others.
In 2012, he appeared in the one-off special Panto! as Francis, the Director of the play.
In 2011, Benton appeared in The Railway Children at Waterloo Station in London as Mr Perks.
On BBC Radio 4, Benton starred as the optimistic title character Harvey Easter in Mr Blue Sky, written by Andrew Collins and broadcast in May and June 2011. A second series is due for May 2012. Benton has also played Fred the butcher in the televised series of episodes by Catherine Cookson.
In July 2012, it was announced that Benton would star as Edna Turnblad in the 2013 UK tour of Hairspray the Musical, starting in February 2013 and finishing in September 2013.
In 2014, he is set to host new BBC One daytime game show The Edge.
Strictly Come Dancing
In September 2013, Benton became one of the contestants in the eleventh series of the BBC One talent show Strictly Come Dancing, where he was partnered with world dancing champion Iveta Lukosiute. The couple left the show on week 10 after losing the public vote.
- Mark Benton, IMDb. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
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- John Ferguson (12 September 2013) "Hairspray star Mark Benton rehearses with partner Iveta ahead of Strictly Come Dancing ", Daily Record. Retrieved 2013-09-12.