Shaun Benson

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Shaun Benson
Born (1976-01-16) January 16, 1976 (age 40)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1990s–present

Shaun Benson (born January 16, 1976) is a Canadian actor and director.[1]

Early life[edit]

Benson was born in Guelph, Ontario.[2] He is the son of Eugene Benson, an English professor and a prolific novelist, playwright and librettist.[3]

He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor of science in chemistry and biochemistry, before studying acting at the George Brown College Theater School in Toronto.[3]


As an actor[edit]

His early roles as an actor included theatrical productions of John Palmer's Singapore,[4] Fabrizio Filippo's Waiting for Lewis[5] William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost[6] and Robin Fulford's Steel Kiss.[7]

In 2000, he appeared in a Molson Canadian commercial as a Canadian office worker who unleashes a torrent of hockey-style violence on an American coworker taunting him with Canadian stereotypes.[8] In 2001, he was cast in a lead role in the television drama series The Associates.[9] In 2002, following the cancellation of The Associates he was cast in the legal drama series Just Cause, which ran for one season.[10]

Benson played the recurring role of Dr. Steven Lars Webber on the soap opera General Hospital from 2004 to 2005, which attracted him considerable attention compared to his previous roles.[2][11] Since his time on General Hospital, Benson has guest starred in numerous television series, including Cold Case, The Unit, Tornado Valley, and Being Erica.[1] In 2012, Benson starred in the IMAX 3D documentary film Flight of the Butterflies[12] and in French comedy Populaire.[13]

In the 2015, made-for-TV movie, Kept Woman Shaun played an eccentric professor, Simon, who kidnaps his neighbor Jessica, played by Courtney Ford. Also in 2015, Benson starred in the Starz television series The Girlfriend Experience, alongside Riley Keogh.[14][15]

As a director[edit]

In 2014, Benson directed the independent film Barn Wedding, written by actress Kelly McCormack, which won the HMV People's Pick For Best Flick award at the 2015 Canadian Film Fest.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b "Shaun Benson". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Benson, Shaun". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Just Cause for Benson: The actor can stay in Vancouver - series gets an extension". The Province, March 7, 2003.
  4. ^ "A bad taste that lingers". National Post, April 3, 2000.
  5. ^ "Plays about teens not up to challenge ; Productions confront questions of fame and homophobia". Toronto Star, April 17, 1999.
  6. ^ "Oakville ups ante on outdoor Shakespeare Review". Toronto Star, July 24, 1999.
  7. ^ "From a gang of thugs to a bunch of losers". National Post, January 15, 1999.
  8. ^ "'I am Canadian' the sequel: Meet the obnoxious American". Toronto Star, July 29, 2000.
  9. ^ "The associates deliver their verdict: How close does CTV's new television series come to life at a law firm?". National Post, January 13, 2001.
  10. ^ "Fall TV looks to Vancouver: Several new shows are being filmed here or feature local talent". Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2002.
  11. ^ "Soapfest lures dedicated fans". Windsor Star, February 22, 2005.
  12. ^ "a Canadian story that's top flight". The Globe and Mail, April 12, 2013.
  13. ^ "A slight rom-com, but that's all; Paint-by-numbers Populaire powered by chemistry between stars". Montreal Gazette, February 8, 2013.
  14. ^ "Riley Keough smiles as Shaun Benson kisses her on set of Starz series". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  15. ^ "The Girlfriend Experience gives us a totally different perspective on men who pay for sex". 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  16. ^ M, Adnan (2014-05-12). "Poster Revealed for Canadian Indie Film 'Barn Wedding' - Exclusive". The Arts Guild. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  17. ^ 30, Julianna Cummins March; 2015. "Canadian Film Fest unveils 2015 winners". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 

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