Benjamin Whitrow

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Benjamin Whitrow
Born Benjamin John Whitrow
(1937-02-17) 17 February 1937 (age 80)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Education Dragon School
Tonbridge School
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Catherine Cook (m. 1972)
Children 3, including Angus Imrie

Benjamin John Whitrow (born 17 February 1937) is an English actor. He was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his role as Mr Bennet in the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, and voiced the role of Fowler in the 2000 animated film Chicken Run. His other film appearances include Quadrophenia (1979), Personal Services (1987) and Bomber (2009).


He attended the Dragon School, Tonbridge School, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Whitrow also served in the King's Dragoon Guards from 1956 to 1958. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1981.[1] He played Russell in the radio version of After Henry.

In 1989, Whitrow appeared in episode four of the BBC Two sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie (series one), playing an irate member of the audience who claimed that Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie had stolen several of their sketches from him.

Between 1990 and 1992, Whitrow appeared in the sitcom The New Statesman as Paddy O'Rourke, a Labour shadow minister who feigned an Irish accent when in public to attract the working-class vote.

Whitrow was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. He has a son, Angus, by actress Celia Imrie.

In the year 2000, in the successful animated movie Chicken Run, Whitrow voiced the character of Fowler; an old rooster who claims to have fought in World War II.

Personal life[edit]

Whitrow is married to Catherine Cook, with whom he has two children: Hannah Mary Whitrow (b. 1973) and Thomas George Whitrow (b. 1976). He also has a son, Angus Imrie (b. 1994), with actress Celia Imrie.

Select filmography[edit]




  • 1980: Unman, Wittering & Zigo as the headmaster; by Giles Cooper; BBC R4 7/8/1980.[3]
  • 1984: Dracula In White by Peter Redgrove; BBC R4 7/3/1984.[4]
  • 1984: Tragedy at Law as the Judge; by Cyril Hare; BBC Radio 4 Saturday Night Theatre 7/4/1984.[5]
  • 1985–89: After Henry as Russell; BBC Radio 4 series by Simon Brett.
  • 1992: A Warden for All Saints as James Montague, by H.S. Bhabra; BBC R4 29/4/1992.[6]
  • 1995: In The Red as the bank manager murderer; by Mark Tavener; BBC Radio 4 series 5/1/1995-16/2/1995.
  • 1997: MR James Ghost story readings – The Late Book.[7]
  • 1999: Plum's War by Michael Butt, BBC R4 7/7/99.[8]
  • 2003: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, dramatised by Jeremy Front, BBC R4 8/3/2003.[9]
  • 2003: The Last Bark of the Bulldog by Jonathan Smith; Benjamin Whitrow portrays Winston Churchill; BBC R4 21/6/2003.[10]
  • 2011: Portrait of Winston, by Jonathan Smith; sequel to The Last Bark of the Bulldog; BBC R4 13/9/2011


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