27 December 1934 |
Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, UK
Benjamin was born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. He is well known for his roles in some of the UK's biggest cult television programmes. This included playing the same character ("Potter") in two Patrick McGoohan dramas, Danger Man and The Prisoner, fuelling speculation that they are possibly linked. He was also an occasional guest star in The Avengers and Doctor Who, playing in three episodes of each, mostly in comedy roles.
He also played recurring roles in several period dramas. He was Sir John Glutton, the regular adversary in the period family adventure series Dick Turpin, Channing in several episodes of the third series of When The Boat Comes In, and Prosper Profound in the acclaimed 1967 adaptation of The Forsyte Saga .
He reprised the role of Henry Gordon Jago, from the Doctor Who serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang in four series, with three further series planned for release in 2013 and 2014, of Jago and Litefoot audio plays, after a well received episode of the Big Finish Productions audio C.D. series Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles entitled The Mahogany Murderers. He acted alongside Trevor Baxter who played Professor George Litefoot.
His few film roles include appearances in Ring of Bright Water (1969), Brief Encounter (1974), Hawk the Slayer (1980), The Tichborne Claimant (1998) and Angel (2007). He also provided the voice of Rowf in the animated film The Plague Dogs (1982).
- Prosper Profond in The Forsyte Saga (1967)
- Dick Turpin: Sir John Glutton
- Danger Man: Potter in Koroshi (1968)
- The Prisoner: Labour Exchange Manager in Arrival (1967); Number Two's Assistant in The Chimes of Big Ben (1967); and named as 'Potter' in The Girl Who Was Death (1968).
- The Avengers: Swindin in Split (1968); Whittle in Never, Never Say Die (1967); and J.J Hooter in How to Succeed .... at Murder (1966)
- Ring of Bright Water (1969): Fishmonger
- The Strauss Family (1972): Dommayer
- Upstairs, Downstairs (A Change of Scene) (1973): Max Weinberg
- Doctor Who: Sir Keith Gold in Inferno (1970); Henry Gordon Jago in The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977); and Colonel Hugh in "The Unicorn and the Wasp" (2008)
- Henry Gordon Jago in Big Finish audio dramas Jago & Litefoot (2009–present)
- Sir Hugh Bodrugan in Poldark (1975)
- George Tozer in Murder Most English (1977)
- James Channing in When the Boat Comes In (3 episodes, 1977)
- Mr. Vincent Crummles/Walter Bray in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982)
- Rowf in The Plague Dogs (1982) (voice only)
- Chief Constable in Blott on the Landscape (1985)
- French Ambassador in Yes, Prime Minister (1987)
- George Younger in Thatcher: The Final Days (1991)
- The Tomorrow People: Professor Lawrence Middlemass in Monsoon Man (1994)
- Sir William Lucas in Pride and Prejudice (1995)
- The Pope in Leonardo, the Alan Yentob drama documentary for the BBC (2003)
- The veteran barrister Mr. Ghaidan in Judge John Deed
- Colonel Surikov in BBC radio's Flying the Flag