Benedict Samuel

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Benedict Samuel
Born (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 30)
OccupationActor, writer, director
Years active2011–present
RelativesXavier Samuel (brother)

Benedict Samuel (born 15 April 1988) is an Australian actor, writer and director best known for playing
Jervis Tetch / Mad Hatter in the Fox crime series Gotham.

Early life[edit]

Samuel was born in Sydney, Australia, to Maree and Clifford Samuel. The youngest of three siblings, his brother is actor Xavier Samuel and his sister, Bridget Samuel, the eldest, is a stage manager.[1] Benedict is graduate of The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).


Following his education at NIDA, Samuel began writing and directing a number of short films including Sanctuary which was released in 2012 [2] and will star his brother Xavier Samuel in the leading role. In theatre, he performed in Sex Wars, a production he appeared in during his time at NIDA.[3] He played a part in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.[4] In 2011, Benedict has appeared on several Australian television series, the mini-series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo and the children's series My Place. He is known for playing the role of Harman "Hammer" Pirovic on Seven Network soap opera Home and Away,[1][5] for which he appeared for several episodes until his character was killed off in a showdown between Hammer, Charlie Buckton and Darryl Braxton. Benedict also appeared in the short film Kiss. He appeared as Owen, a member of the Wolves gang, in the American post-apocalyptic zombie series The Walking Dead and as Jacob Harding in the thriller film The Stanford Prison Experiment. In 2016, Samuel was cast as famous Batman villain The Mad Hatter, the main antagonist of the third season of Gotham. He continued to play the character in a recurring capacity during the fourth season.



Year Title Role
2012 Underground: The Julian Assange Story Jonah
2014 Asthma Gus
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Jacob Harding
2015 The Walk David
2016 The Duel Brit
2017 Ellipsis Jasper

Short film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Kiss Sean
2012 The Shed Creature
2012 Sanctuary Director, Writer (Story)
2014 The Little House Zach
2015 Oscar Wilde's the Nightingale and the Rose Student Animation


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo Michael 1 episode
2011 Home and Away Harman "Hammer" Pirovic 8 episodes
2015 The Beautiful Lie Skeet Du Pont 6 episodes
2015 Childhood's End Fence 1 episode
2015–2016 The Walking Dead Owen [6] 5 episodes
2016–present Secret City Felix Crawford, Canberra University tutor
2016–present Gotham Jervis Tetch / Mad Hatter Series Regular (season 3), Recurring (season 4)[7]


  1. ^ a b Gilbertson, Matt (30 July 2011)"Xavier Samuel's brother Benedict joins Home and Away". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
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  3. ^ Howard, Jane (7 March 2010)"NIDA: Sex Wars". Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  4. ^ Browning, Allison (18 February 2011)"Review: 'Tis Pity She's A Whore". The Enthusiast. Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Benedict Samuel joins Seven's 'Home & Away'". 31 July 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
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