Lyriq Bent

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Lyriq Bent
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Bent in 2014
Born (1979-01-03) January 3, 1979 (age 39)
Kingston, Jamaica
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) (6'0")

Lyriq Bent (born January 3, 1979) is a Jamaican-Canadian actor. He is known for his roles in the Saw films, the television series Rookie Blue, and The Book of Negroes. Bent portrays Jamie Overstreet in the Netflix series by Spike Lee, She's Gotta Have It, based on the film of the same name.

Early life[edit]

Bent was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada when he was six years old.[1] He grew up in Toronto and later attended Seneca College in North York.[2]

Career[edit]

Bent has starred in various lead and supporting roles both in film and television since he began his acting career in the early 2000s. Prior to landing a co-starring role in the drama series Angela's Eyes, he guest starred on the UPN series Kevin Hill opposite Taye Diggs, and USA Network's Kojak opposite Ving Rhames. After appearing on several television shows, Playback Magazine listed him as one of Canada’s top rising stars.[3]

Bent attracted further attention when he co-starred in the hit horror films Saw II and Saw III as Officer Daniel Rigg. He later starred as one of the central characters in Saw IV.[4]

From 2010–2014 he co-starred in the Canadian television series Rookie Blue, portraying Staff Sergeant Frank Best.

Bent recently portrayed Chekura Tiano in the television miniseries The Book of Negroes, based on the best-selling novel by Lawrence Hill.[5] For this role, Bent won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. Bent has recently announced to be playing Jamie Overstreet, one of the male leads, in Spike Lee's new Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It.

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Caveman's Valentine Seraph Dancer
2002 Damaged Goods Eddie Barrel
2002 Superbob Lepke
2003 Crime Spree Ellwood
2003 Honey Barber
2005 The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico Mr. Stuff
2005 Four Brothers Damian
2005 Saw II Daniel Rigg
2006 Take the Lead Easy
2006 Saw III Daniel Rigg
2006 Skinwalkers Doak
2007 Saw IV Daniel Rigg
2009 Defendor Wayne
2010 Mother's Day Treshawn
2010 Perception Father Short film
2012 Home Again Dunston Williams
2013 Queen City Takiri
2015 Pay the Ghost Jordan Reynolds
2016 The Choir Husband Short film
2017 Love Jacked Tyrell
2018 Love Jacked Tyrell
2018 Acrimony Robert
2018 Nappily Ever After Will
2018 Benjamin Greg
2018 Astronaut Jim
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Relic Hunter Quelch's Guard #2 Episode: "The Legend of the Lost"
2001 Tracker Bartender Episode: "The Plague"
2001 Jane Doe Rawlins TV Movie
2001 Blue Murder Twist Ballard Episode "Remington Park"
2002 Street Time Sergeant Danny Blackstone 3 episodes
2002 Pretend You Don't See Her Detective TV Movie
2002 10,000 Black Men Named George Disgruntled Man TV Movie
2003 Blue Murder Keith Rose Episode: "Respect"
2003 Platinum Devon Recurring
2003 Playmakers 4 episodes
2003 Mutant X Harris Episode: "Within These Walls"
2004 1-800-Missing Dante Episode: "Pop Star"
2004 Mutant X Randall Blake Episode: "Art of Attraction"
2004-2005 Kevin Hill Jack Johnson 2 episodes
2005 Kojak Billy Harris Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Angela's Eyes Leo Jetson Main cast
2006 North/South Joss Colley Unknown episode
2007 The Dresden Files Jake Episode: "Bad Blood"
2008 CSI: Miami Colin Madison Episode: "Going Ballistic"
2008-2009 Sophie Andre Recurring
2009 Guns Ford Saunders 2 episodes
2010 Haven Ray McBreen Episode: "Harmony"
2010-2014 Rookie Blue Franklin Joseph "Frank" Best Main cast
2013 Rookie Blue Webisodes Frank Best Episode: "In Session: Frank Best"
2014 Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B Barry Hankerson TV Movie
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short Randall TV Movie
2015 The Book of Negroes Chekura Tiano Main cast
2015 12 Monkeys Dr. Henri Toussaint Episode "Cassandra Complex"
2016 Ladies Book Club Carlyle TV Movie
2016 Group Home Winnie TV Movie
2016 Coconut Hut Desmond Kilpatrick Episode: "No Wifi"
2016 Shoot the Messenger Frank Lutz Main cast
2017 Mary Kills People Detective Frank Gaines Main cast
2017-present She's Gotta Have It Jamie Overstreet Main cast
Video game roles
Year Title Role
2016 Mafia III Emmanuel Lazare

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