Lyriq Bent

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Lyriq Bent
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Bent in 2014
Born (1979-01-03) January 3, 1979 (age 42)
OccupationActor, producer, writer
Years active2000–present
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

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 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]


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.

In 2015 Bent 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.



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
2007 Skinwalkers Doak
2007 Saw IV Daniel Rigg
2009 Defendor Wayne
2010 Mother's Day Treshawn Jackson
2010 Perception Father Short film; also writer
2012 Home Again Dunston Williams
2013 Queen City Takiri
2015 Pay the Ghost Jordan Reynolds
2016 The Choir Husband Short film; also producer
2017 Love Jacked Tyrell
2018 Love Jacked Tyrell
2018 Acrimony Robert Gayle
2018 Nappily Ever After Will Wright
2018 Benjamin Greg
2019 Astronaut Jim also executive producer


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 Television film
2001 Blue Murder Twist Ballard Episode "Remington Park"
2002 Street Time Sergeant Danny Blackstone 3 episodes
2002 Pretend You Don't See Her Detective Television film
2002 10,000 Black Men Named George Disgruntled Man Television film
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 Television film
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short Randall Television film
2015 The Book of Negroes Chekura Tiano Main cast
2015 12 Monkeys Henri Toussaint Episode "Cassandra Complex"
2016 Ladies Book Club Carlyle Television film
2016 Group Home Winnie Television film; also producer
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
2017–2019 She's Gotta Have It Jamie Overstreet Main cast
2018 The Man in the High Castle Bass Player/Mingus Jones 2 episodes
2021 Delilah Gordon

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Mafia III Emmanuel Lazare voice role


Year Title Notes
TBA Last Chance executive producer


  1. ^ "Strellson is classy one-stop shopping". Toronto Star. 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  2. ^ Lyriq Bent – Biography
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-08-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Horror Department: Lyriq Bent from Saw IV". AMC. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  5. ^ "Cuba Gooding Jr., Lyriq Bent to Star in Book of Negroes".

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