David Bennent

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David Bennent
Der Vampir auf der Couch Premiere Wien 12 David Bennent.jpg
Bennent in 2014
Born (1966-09-09) 9 September 1966 (age 51)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present
Parent(s) Heinz Bennent, Diane Mansart
Relatives Anne Bennent (sister)

David Bennent (born 9 September 1966) is a Swiss actor.


He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. His parents are German actor Heinz Bennent and French former dancer Diane Mansart. His sister Anne Bennent is also an actress.[1]

He has lived in Germany and France as well as Switzerland and speaks fluent German, French and English.

When he was 11 he starred in The Tin Drum,[2] which caused much controversy because he was shown in sex scenes with an adult. At age 19, he starred as Honeythorn Gump in the film Legend, co-starring alongside Tom Cruise and Mia Sara.[2]

Bennent has appeared in such plays as Peer Gynt (2004), Die Juden (2003), Michael Kramer (2003), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2002).

Though he is of comparatively short stature and has played small people in some roles, he is neither a dwarf nor a midget.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  • Derrick – Season 12, Episode 5: "Wer erschoß Asmy?" (1985)


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 362.


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