Shaun Benson

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Shaun Benson
Shaun Benson at National Canadian Film Day
Born (1976-01-16) January 16, 1976 (age 48)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Actor, director
Years active1990s–present

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

Early life[edit]

Benson was born in Guelph, Ontario.[1] He is the son of Eugene Benson, an English professor and a prolific novelist, playwright and librettist.[2] He later 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.

While at university he began training Karate. He currently holds a 5th Degree Black Belt and his Renshi Teaching Certificate in Legacy Shorin Ryu under Hanshi Gary Legacy and Kyoshi Randy Dauphin and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Toronto BJJ under Jorge Britto with his time in Los Angeles spent training with Jean-Jacques Machado.[2]


As an actor[edit]

His early roles as an actor included theatrical productions of John Palmer's Singapore,[3] Fabrizio Filippo's Waiting for Lewis,[4] William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost[5] and Robin Fulford's Steel Kiss.[6]

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.[7] In 2001, he was cast in a lead role in the television drama series The Associates.[8]

In 2002, following the cancellation of The Associates he was cast in the legal drama series Just Cause, which ran for one season.[9]

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.[1][10] Since his time on General Hospital, Benson has guest starred in numerous television series, including Cold Case, The Unit, and Being Erica. In 2008, he appeared in the Proud Family film Oscar Proud.

In 2012, Benson starred in the IMAX 3D documentary film Flight of the Butterflies[11] and in French comedy Populaire.[12]

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, he starred in the Starz television series The Girlfriend Experience.[citation needed]

In 2016, Benson appeared in the Netflix time loop thriller ARQ as Sonny, as well as Season 2 of the series Gangland Undercover as Crowbar. He subsequently appeared in the SyFy series Channel Zero as the town sheriff, Gary Yolen.

Between 2017 and 2021 Benson appeared in many prestige projects including The Boys on Amazon as Ezekiel, Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix as Brooks, Code 8 as Dixon as well as independent and TV film work for Lifetime, SyFy, etc

As a director[edit]

In 2013, he directed Stop/Kiss by Diana Son for the Toronto Fringe Festival. The play won best of festival and garnered and extended run.

In 2014, Benson directed the independent film Barn Wedding, which won the HMV People's Pick For Best Flick award at the 2015 Canadian Film Fest.

In 2021, Shaun co-wrote, co-directed and starred, with Karen Knox, in Borderline which had its World Premiere in the UK at Crystal Palace International Film Festival and its North American Premiere at Dances With Films at the Chinese Theatre.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Leonid Pashinski
2012 Populaire Bob Taylor
2013 The Beautiful Risk William also known as Le beau risque
2016 ARQ Sonny
Edge of Winter Ted
2017 Trench 11 Müller
2018 Never Saw It Coming Kirk Nicholson
22 Chaser Elvis
I Still See You Mr. Calder
2019 Togo Gunnar
Queen of the Morning Calm Ian
Code 8 Dixon
2020 Fatman Lex
2022 Slash/Back Officer Lefebvre


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Just Cause Patrick Heller Main role
The Associates Jonah Gleason Recurring role; 6 episodes
2006 Cold Case Truck Sugar Episode: "The Red and the Blue"
2007 The Unit Interrogater #1 Episode: "Sub-Conscious"
2009 Tornado Valley Bobby Television film
2010 Being Erica Will Appleyard 3 episodes
Wedding for One Jeff Doyle Television film
2011 Against the Wall Mike Fletcher Episode: "Obsessed and Unwanted"
Flashpoint Geoff Daikin Episode: "Grounded"
Stay with Me Davis Sakeris Television film
2012 The Listener Jack Newman Episode: "The Bank Job"
Haven Robert Taylor Episode: "Reunion"
Republic of Doyle Eric Langtson / Eric Howlett 2 episodes
2013 Played Charlie Mulcair Episode: "Revenge"
Cracked Damian Tremblay Episode: "The Hold Out"
Heartland Adrian Gilson 2 episodes
Lucky 7 Phil Episode: "Cable Guy"
2014 Darknet Desmond Episode: "Darknet 3"
Defiance: The Lost Ones Lenny Recurring role; 5 episodes
Working the Engels Ken Episode: "Jenna vs. The Momfia"
That's My DJ Mark Television miniseries
2015 Saving Hope Lane Berkley Recurring role; 6 episodes
Kept Woman Simon Television film
2016 Inhuman Condition William "Will" Bader Recurring role; 10 episodes
The Girlfriend Experience Ryan 4 episodes
Gangland Undercover Crowbar Recurring role; 6 episodes
Channel Zero: Candle Cove Gary Yolen Main role
2018 Killjoys The Hunter Episode: "Baby, Face Killer"
Prescription for Danger Dr. Mark Laurie Television film
2019 The Boys Ezekiel 4 episodes
2020 Tiny Pretty Things Topher Brooks 8 episodes
2023 Mayans M.C. McKenzie,

Iron War MC President

2 episodes


  1. ^ a b c "Famous Guelphites: Benson, Shaun". Guelph Public Library. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Just Cause for Benson: The actor can stay in Vancouver - series gets an extension". The Province, March 7, 2003.
  3. ^ "A bad taste that lingers". National Post, April 3, 2000.
  4. ^ "Plays about teens not up to challenge ; Productions confront questions of fame and homophobia". Toronto Star, April 17, 1999.
  5. ^ "Oakville ups ante on outdoor Shakespeare Review". Toronto Star, July 24, 1999.
  6. ^ "From a gang of thugs to a bunch of losers". National Post, January 15, 1999.
  7. ^ "'I am Canadian' the sequel: Meet the obnoxious American". Toronto Star, July 29, 2000.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Fall TV looks to Vancouver: Several new shows are being filmed here or feature local talent". Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2002.
  10. ^ "Soapfest lures dedicated fans". Windsor Star, February 22, 2005.
  11. ^ "a Canadian story that's top flight". The Globe and Mail, April 12, 2013.
  12. ^ "A slight rom-com, but that's all; Paint-by-numbers Populaire powered by chemistry between stars". Montreal Gazette, February 8, 2013.
  13. ^ Julianna Cummins March (March 30, 2015). "Canadian Film Fest unveils 2015 winners". Playback. Retrieved July 14, 2016.

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