Ruby Bentall

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Ruby Bentall
Born (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 28)
Camden, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Ruby Bentall (born 3 April 1988) is an English actress, known for playing Minnie in Lark Rise to Candleford, Mary Bennet in Lost in Austen and Verity Poldark in the 2015 BBC adaptation of Winston Graham's Poldark novels.


Bentall was born at home in Camden, London. She is the daughter of actors Janine Duvitski and Paul Bentall.[1] The family moved to Petersham outside Richmond when Bentall was eight. She attended Grey Court School and went to Richmond upon Thames College between 2004 and 2006, graduating with a BTEC National Diploma in Performance.[2]

Bentall has three siblings,[3] and two elder half-siblings from her father's first marriage. She currently lives in London. Her younger sister Edith is the lead singer of the band 'FOURS'.[4]


Bentall's first professional acting job was an episode of Holby City, which she filmed in 2006 while still at Richmond College. Her other television credits include You Can Choose Your Friends, Doctors, Oliver Twist and New Tricks. She played Mary Bennet in the 2008 mini-series Lost in Austen, a performance described as "by far the most interesting interpretation of the sanctimonious middle Bennet daughter of Pride and Prejudice yet".[5] In 2009 she joined the regular cast of Lark Rise to Candleford, playing Minnie.[6]

Bentall made her stage debut at the National Theatre in 2008, appearing in productions of DNA and The Miracle. She has also lent her voice to the BBC Radio 4 drama Sister Agnes Investigates.[1]

She played Alice in Alice, an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, written by Laura Wade, at the Sheffield Crucible in June 2010. More recently she played Anya in Remembrance Day at the Royal Court Theatre in March - April 2011 and the role of Victoria in the Mike Leigh directed play Grief at the Royal National Theatre in London.

On 30 March 2014, it was announced that Bentall would be playing Ross Poldark's cousin Verity in the new BBC One version of Poldark, broadcast in 2015.[7]



Year Show Role Notes
2006 Holby City Robyn Dent 1 episode
2007 You Can Choose Your Friends Phoebe Snell
Doctors Poppy Foster 1 episode
Oliver Twist Charlotte 1 episode
2008 New Tricks Heidi 1 episode
Lost in Austen Mary Bennet 4 episodes
2009 The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Stefania
The Bill Kim Patterson 2 episodes
2009–11 Lark Rise to Candleford Minnie Mude Series regular
2012 The Paradise Pauline Series 1 regular
2014 Blandings Linda 1 episode
2015 - 16 Poldark Verity 6 episodes
2015 Jekyll and Hyde Hilary "Hils" Barnstaple 10 episodes


Year Film Role Notes
2009 The Alchemistic Suitcase Girl Short film
Exposed Erin Short film
Tormented Emily Feature film
2010 Robin Hood Margaret Walter's Maid Feature film


  1. ^ a b TORMENTED | Official Movie Blog | Emily (Ruby Bentall) Retrieved on 18 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Performing Arts Profile: Ruby Bentall" (PDF). Richmond upon Thames College. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Law, Cally (19 June 2005). "One foot in two worlds". The Times. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
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  5. ^ Jane Austen Today: Ruby Bentall - A Most Memorable Mary Bennet Retrieved on 18 July 2009.
  6. ^ Singh, Anita (2 January 2009). "Lark Rise to Candleford returns with lesson for coping with the recession". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Eleanor Tomlinson to star as Demelza in BBC One drama Poldark". BBC Media Centre. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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