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6 February 1954 |
Warialda, New South Wales, Australia
|Known for||Dr. John Austin in The New Adventures of Black Beauty
Chief Inspector Jeff Hawker in
Andrew Teigan in
Dr Mike Newman in
The Young Doctors
Matt Delaney in Prisoner
Andrew Foley in Home and Away
Bensley then went on to appear in such soap operas as The Restless Years; The Young Doctors, in which he played Dr. Mike Newman from 1980 until the show finished in 1982; Prisoner, in which he played one of the three male prisoners, Matt Delaney, for 34 episodes in 1984; Neighbours in 1986; and Home and Away from 1988 to 1990 as school teacher Andrew Foley In 2009, he returned to Neighbours for a two-episode guest role as Dean Naughton.
In the 1980s, Bensley appeared as a nude centrefold in the magazine, Cleo, wearing only strategically placed scuba gear; and also featured in a cheeky advertisement for Palmolive Gold, in which he is seen in bed with fellow The Young Doctors actress Judy McBurney, and semi-naked in a shower.
Film and mini-series
In 1983, he played the title role of Stanley in the film "Stanley; Every Home Should Have One". In 1992, Bensley appeared as Dr. John Austin in the Australian mini-series The New Adventures of Black Beauty.
Bensley also appeared in the long-running television series Water Rats about the Sydney Harbour Water Police Squad, in which he had the major role of Chief Inspector Jeff Hawker. Bensley was a member of the cast of Water Rats for the entire series (1996–2001).
His first fiction book, "On a Wing and a Prayer", was published in 2006.
More recent acting roles have included appearances in popular comedy Packed to the Rafters
Bensley and his partner have 3 children, Sam, Rosie and Dom Bensley, and currently live on The Gold Coast.
- Dr. John Austin in The New Adventures of Black Beauty
- Chief Inspector Jeff Hawker in Water Rats
- Andrew Teigan in Mirror, Mirror
- Dr Mike Newman in The Young Doctors
- Matt Delaney in Prisoner