Lyriq Bent

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Lyriq Bent
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Bent in 2014
Born (1979-01-03) January 3, 1979 (age 37)
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 Canadian actor, best known for his role in the Saw films and the Canadian television series Rookie Blue.

Early life[edit]

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

After graduating college he began a career as a computer graphic technician, later discovering his passion for acting.[citation needed]


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.



  • The Book of Negroes (2015) – Chekura Tiano
  • 12 Monkeys (2015) – Dr. Henri Toussaint (Season 1, Episode 3 "Cassandra Complex")
  • Rookie Blue (2010–2014) – Frank Best
  • Perception (2010) – Father
  • Haven (2010) – Ray McBreen
  • Guns (2009) – Ford Saunders
  • Sophie (2008–2009) – Andre
  • CSI: Miami (2008) – Colin Madison
  • The Dresden Files (2007) – Jake
  • Angela's Eyes (2006) – Leo Jetson
  • North/South (2006) – Joss Colley
  • Kojak (2005) – Billy Harris
  • Kevin Hill (2004–2005) – Jack Johnson
  • 1-800-Missing (2004) – Dante
  • Mutant X (2003–2004) – Harris (Season 2, Episode 12 "Within These Walls"); Randall Blake (Season 3, Episode 13 "Art of Attraction")
  • Platinum (2003) – Devon
  • Street Time (2002) – Sergeant Danny Blackstone
  • Blue Murder (2001–2003) – Twist Ballard (Season 1, Episode 11 "Remington Park"); Keith Rose (Season 3, Episode 3 "Respect")
  • Tracker (2001) – Bartender (Season 1, Episode 5 "The Plague")
  • Relic Hunter (2000) - Quelch's Guard #2 (Season 2, Episode 4 "The Legend of the Lost")


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