Nigel Bennett

Nigel Bennett


11/19/1949, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, UK

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An accomplished theatre actor, Nigel appeared on the British stage for fifteen years before moving to Canada in 1986. During this time he starred in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at the Wyndhams Theatre in London's West End. He also performed in Ghosts, Private Lives and Rookerymore


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • As part of Nigel's contract with CBS he owned his wardrobe from Forever Knight which consisted of about 20 black suits and numerous black shirts. He donated them to a charity auction, raising $60,000 in two days.

    • For his role as Jacomb Hyde in The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Nigel Bennett had to shave his head and spend three hours a day in a make up chair having false tattoos applied.

    • Nigel Bennett has four children, Matthew, Michael, Sam and Hannah.

    • Nigel Bennett was nominated for two Merritt Awards in 2007 for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Outstanding Direction for Noises Off at the Atlantic Theatre Festival.

    • Nigel Bennett was the artistic director of the world-renown Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia for 2006–2007.

    • Nigel Bennett is 6'1" (1.85m) tall.

    • Nigel Bennett studied drama and education at Wales University and became a teacher for a year after graduation.

    • Nigel Bennett's directorial debut was on an episode of Forever Knight entitled Francesca.

    • Nigel Bennett is a patron for Casey House, an AIDS hospice in Toronto, he runs a bi-annual auction to help funding.

    • Nigel was the Artistic Director of Exodus Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 2004 - 2007.

    • Nigel was nominated for the Gemini in 2006 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for the At the Hotel episode Doesn't Anyone Want to Ask Me About My Dress?.

    • Nigel Bennett's favourite author is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and his favourite book of his is Love In The Time of Cholera.

    • Nigel Bennett stated that for the role of Prince in Lexx he had to be at the hairdressers every two weeks to bleach and trim his hair and eyebrows.

    • Nigel wrote a script for an episode of Forever Knight (a show in which he co-starred)- but it was rejected.

    • Nigel says that his most satisfying role was in the film Different with Lynn Redgrave.

    • Nigel admits that he has never read the entries in the guest book on his official fan page (jokingly) due to his being a coward.

    • Nigel Bennett's short story Wolf & Hound appeared in the anthology Dracula in London released in November 2001.

    • Nigel released the book Keeper Of The King in 1996, he also lent his voice to the audio book version.

    • Nigel released his book His Father's Son in April 2001.

    • Nigel released his most recent book Siege Perilous in October 2004.

    • Nigel was nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Forever Knight in 1993 and Lexx in 2002.

    • Nigel won the 1995 Gemini (Canadian Television Award) for best supporting actor in a series for the Forever Knight episode Curiouser and Curiouser.

    • Nigel is active with The Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance, which he co-founded, Casey House (a Toronto AIDS hospice) and he is also involved with the White Ribbon Campaign.

    • Nigel likes golf, fishing, skiing, hunting, rollerblading, Native American crafts and reading good books. He listens to a wide variety of music (country music to classical) and thoroughly enjoys his new career in writing.

    • Nigel graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in theatre.

    • The acting bug first bit Nigel at age eleven when he played a Roman citizen in a school play--Shaw's Antony and Cleopatra.

    • Nigel performed many seasons on the stages of Canterbury, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield in England.

    • Nigel was a member of late 70s ska-new-wave group The Members.

    • Nigel did a series of commercials for Post Oat Crunch ending with the line "But it's nae oatmeal!"

  • Quotes

    • Nigel Bennett: There's nothing special about playing bad guys. I think the potential for that kind of evil is within us all. I just have a vivid imagination, I guess. It is kind of freeing, though, when you've just done a take that was particularly nasty, and you look up and see the crew all looking at you like,'Oh God, I hope he was acting!'.

    • Nigel Bennett: I can't imagine doing anything else, I can't imagine not working in this business. It's given me all the things that I thought it would give me and a lot more. I have no complaints, when we're standing in the middle of the night exhausted and it's pouring with rain and someone's yelling, 'Don't light the rain!' even then, I feel privileged. It's a piece of cake compared to most work that people do.

    • Nigel Bennett: I think a lot of people go to drama school thinking they've going to learn how to act. I think that's a misconception. I don't think you can learn how to act. You can either act or you can't act, it's as simple as that. What you can learn is technique, and you can learn how to polish and improve your basic skill.

    • Nigel Bennett: (About conventions) I think they are great. The fans are who make us successful. That may sound cheesy, but it's true, and I always think that for someone to spend their hard earned cash to get out and see us is very special.

    • Nigel Bennett: (Advice to aspiring actors) Just do it. If you want to be an actor, find a way to act. Don't be told you can't, don't be told you should or shouldn't, the more you act, the better you will get. Apart from that find a good school and get the best training possible, then keep trying!

    • Nigel Bennett: (About filming Lexx) On the beach in Namibia there was a day when we were trying to hold up a green screen and it took four men to hold it against the wind. Namibia is unlike anything I have seen before, the desert is so immense, the ocean is so huge, and there is nothing between there and South America.