Mark Benton

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Mark Benton
Born(1965-11-16) 16 November 1965 (ageĀ 46)
Guisborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
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Mark Benton
Born(1965-11-16) 16 November 1965 (ageĀ 46)
Guisborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Mark Benton (born 16 November 1965) is an English actor, perhaps most famous for his roles as Eddie in Early Doors and Howard in Northern Lights.

Life and career

Benton was born in Guisborough, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England.

He has a recurring role as Father McBride in the James Nesbitt series Murphy's Law. He has starred with Vic and Bob in the series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (remake), Catterick, and Monkey Trousers. He also appeared as an Earthly representative of the Devil in the 2003 ITV drama The Second Coming, and the 2004 ITV drama Planespotting. From 1995 to 2003 he played Martin Pond in sitcom Barbara. He has also starred in the BBC Three comedy I'm with Stupid and in the Doctor Who episode "Rose" as conspiracy theorist Clive. In late 2008 Benton starred in the ITV drama Britannia High. He is the co-star of Scoop, in which he plays Max de Lacey, and he co-starred in the Roman Mysteries episode "The Slave Girl from Jerusalem".

Film roles include Phil in the 2001 cult British independent film Mr In-Between, and the British comedy Three and Out released on 25 April 2008.

Mark is a recently born-again supporter of Middlesbrough F.C. and has featured in the club's official website advertising campaign to encourage other fans to renew their season tickets.

Mark was in the same drama class at Stockton Billingham Technical College as Elizabeth Carling. Some of his early acting experience came with Middlesbrough Youth Theatre, with performances in plays such as Atmos Fear and Twist alongside the likes of Tim Fagan, Lisa Halpin, Jonothan Wealands, Liam Stubbs and Christine Picot.

In April 2008 he appeared as Jess Yates in the BBC Four drama Hughie Green, Most Sincerely.

Mark became a Patron of Zoe's Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough in January 2010. Zoe's Place Baby Hospice provides respite and palliative care for babies and children from birth to 5 years who have terminal and life limiting illnesses, special and complex needs of varying degrees. He played headteacher Mike Newgent in ITV drama Britannia High He appears in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Edge Falls.

He did the voiceover for the programme Street Doctor on BBC One.

Benton played the character of Dad in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which was released in autumn 2009.

Benton was also featured in the BBC show Hustle in January 2010, and played a supporting role of Farmer Finch in the BBC's miniseries Land Girls

Benton appears in the seventh series of BBC drama Waterloo Road[1] as Daniel 'Chalky' Chalk, who is a Maths teacher. He continued portraying the character as the drama relocated to Grenock,Scotland but confirmed on 20th September 2012, he is leaving during the spring term of Series 8.

Benton in 2011 (as of 3 December for the final 6 weeks) appeared in The Railway Children Production and Waterloo Station in London. He Played Mr Perks.

Benton is set to appear as a talking lamppost in Robin Sheppard's film adaptation of Richard Milward's book, Apples.

On BBC Radio 4, Benton starred as the optimistic title character Harvey Easter in Mr Blue Sky, written by Andrew Collins and broadcast in May and June 2011. A second series is due for May 2012.

On 20 July 2012, the Hairspray the Musical UK Facebook Page[2] announced that Benton will star as Edna Turnblad in the 2013 UK tour of Hairspray the Musical.[3]


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