Benedict Taylor

FILM, THEATRE, TV, VOICE

ABOUT

Benedict Taylor has had an extraordinary career as an actor and producer spanning more than four decades in the entertainment business

Born on April 18th, 1960 in Hampstead, London, the son of BBC documentary features producer Richard Taylor and writer & musician Allegra Taylor. His father was the son of a traditional English farming family and his mother descended from a Polish, Jewish refugee father and a Protestant English mother. Benedict has five brothers and sisters, 3 of them adopted. Throughout their childhood they were immersed in filmmaking, arts and music leading nearly all of them to develop careers in the creative industries

Benedict made his debut as an actor at the age of nine at the Aldwych Theatre in London with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Mamillius in 'A Winter’s Tale' with Judy Dench. He continued to work with the company throughout the 1970s, appearing in productions both in London and Stratford. This was the golden age of the Royal Shakespeare Company; the era of some of their finest productions, with legendary directors like John Barton, Peter Hall and Trevor Nunn at the helm

His first proper film role was in the 1974 feature film 'The Turn of the Screw' but his film career really took off in 1980 when he starred alongside Bette Davis in Walt Disney’s 'A Watcher in the Woods' which helped score the lead role in 'Barriers' a long running, award winning TV series for British ITV company Tyne-Tees and Germany’s ZDF

Throughout the 80s and 90s Benedict worked predominantly on UK & international film and TV projects but kept his passion for theatre alive with several UK tours and a stint at Covent Garden's Donmar Warehouse while Sam Mendes was artistic director

Benedict and his wife Kate, a video and film editor, met in their 20s. They have two daughters, Freya, born in 1996 and Kalila born in 1998. He also has a son, Jay, born in 1981, from an earlier relationship with Marinka Watts. He took a break from theatre touring and location filming while his daughters were in their early years, concentrating on projects that allowed him to be close to his family. During this time he developed and produced a mix of various festival style music event projects and documentary films

He continues to perform, produce and direct across a variety of creative platforms

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Contact

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CREDITS

Film & TV

Production Character Year Format Production Company Director
Laura Marlin - Dead Man's Cove Calvin Redfern 2016 Feature Film Centurion Tom Reeve
The Watcher in the Woods John Keller 2016 Feature Film Hartbreak Films Melissa Joan Hart
Unforgotten Mark Bennett 2015 TV Series ITV Andy Wilson
Hippopotamus The Chauffeur 2015 Feature Film Electric Shaddow John Jenks
Gone Prof. Thomas Verschwunden 2014 Short Film Electric Shaddow Lawrence Paige
Wallander
'The Man Who Smiled'
Jurgen Nordfeldt 2010 TV series BBC Andy Wilson
Perfect Life Professor Bristor 2010 Feature Film Carousel Picture Co. Joseph Rusnak
Breathe John Franks 2009 Short Film Expanding Universe Xandy Sahla, Andy Wilson
Breaking Into Tesco Narrator 2008 TV series Ricochet
Trial & Retribution
'Kill the King'
Jonathan Carlisle 2008 TV series ITV
Notes on a Scandal Eddie 2006 Feature Film Richard Eyre Fox Searchlight Pictures
A & E & series IV 2005 TV series ITV & Granada Christopher King
When Hitler Invaded Britain SS General Reinhard Heydrich 2004 TV Movie ITV & Granada Steven Clarke
Doctors
'Sweet Dreams'
Derek Payne 2004 TV series BBC
Murder in Suburbia David Arundel 2004 TV series ITV & Carlton
Murder Investigation Team
'Red Heads'
Neil Wake 2003 TV series Thames TV
The Bill
'Lies of Silence'
Digby Leake 2001 TV series Thames TV, Talkback
Star Wars: Episode I
'The Phantom Menace'
Officer Dolf: Bravo 2 1999 Feature Film Lucasfilm George Lucas
Psychos Gavin Davis 1999 TV series ITV Andy Wilson
Monk Dawson Bobby Winterman 1998 Feature Film De Warrenne Pictures Tom Waller
In Exile Roger 1998 TV series ITV
Sharpe's Regiment Lawford 1996 TV series ITV & Carlton Tom Clegg
Comedy Playhouse
'The 10%ers'
Atin 1993 TV series Carlton, Grant Naylor
Charles and Diana:
'Unhappily Ever After'
Prince Andrew 1992 TV Movie Konigsberg/Sanitsky Company John Power
Jewels Julian 1992 TV Movie Delux Productions Roger Young
Young Indiana Jones Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma 1992 TV Movie Amblin Entertainment, Lucasfilm, Paramount Vic Armstrong
The Darling Buds of May
'Stranger at the Gates'
Pieter 1992 TV series ITV-Excelsior, Yorkshire Television
An Actor's Life for Me Sebastian Groom 1991 TV series BBC
Zorro
'One for All'
Athos 1991 TV series Carrington Productions International, Ellipse Animation, Family Channel
Duel of Hearts Lord Vane Brecon 1991 TV Movie Gainsborough Pictures, The Grade Company, Turner Pictures John Hough
Bergerac Toby Lemaire 1989 TV series BBC Robert Banks Stewart
Tales of the Unexpected
'The Facts of Life'
Nicholas Lillie 1988 TV series ITV & Anglia TV
Dirty Dozen: The Series Captain Hyde-White 1988 TV series Jadran Film, MGM/UA Television Jonas McCord
A Perfect Spy Magnus Pym 1987 TV series BBC
Vanity Fair George Osborne 1987 TV series BBC
Every Time We Say Goodbye Peter Ross 1986 Feature Film Delphi V Productions, TriStar Pictures Moshe Mizrahi
Screenplay
'Drums Along Balmoral Drive'
Peter 1986 TV series BBC
Behind Enemy Lines
'92 Grosvenor Street'
Simon 1985 TV Movie MTM Enterprises, TVS Television Sheldon Larry
Thirteen at Dinner Donald Ross 1985 TV Movie CBS Entertainment Production, Warner Bros. Television Lou Antonio
My Brother Jonathan Harold Dakers 1985 TV series BBC
The Corsican Brothers 1985 TV Movie Hallmark Hall of Fame, Norman Rosemont
Black Arrow Richard 1985 TV Movie Cabo Blanco Production John Hough
Mitch
'Postman's Knock'
Barry Stanley 1984 TV series ITV & LWT
The First Olympics:
Athens 1896
Edwin Flack 1984 TV mini series Columbia Pictures Television
The Last Days of Pompeii Antonius 1984 TV mini series Columbia Pictures Television, RAI
The Far Pavilions Wally 1984 TV mini series Geoffrey Reeve, Goldcrest Films, HBO
Video Stars Max Loom 1983 TV Movie BBC Colin Bucksey
A Flame to the Pheonix Max Kurowicki 1983 TV Movie ITV & Granada TV
Beau Geste Beau Geste 1982 TV series BBC
The Gentle Touch – Danny Diethelm Baren 1982 TV series ITV & LWT Terence Feely
Union Castle Buckleigh Thaxted 1982 TV series ITV & Granada TV
Barriers Billy Stanyon 1981-1982 TV series ITV & Tyne Tees TV Douglas Hurd
The Watcher in the Woods Mike Fleming 1980 Feature Film Walt Disney Productions John Hough
Play for Today
'The Other Woman'
Ben 1976 TV series BBC
The Turn of the Screw Timothy 1974 Feature Film Dan Curtis Productions Dan Curtis
Say Hello to Yesterday 1971 Feature Film Josef Shaftel Productions Alvin Rakoff

Theatre

Production Character Year Director Production Company Playwrite
Good Freddie 1998 Michael Grandage Donmar Warehouse CP Taylor
Abducting Diana Kidnapper 1996 Johnathan Banatvala Pleasance (Edinburgh Festival) Dario Fo
The Importance of Being Earnest Algernon 1990 Val May Guilford & 'A' Tour Noel Coward
London Assurance Courtley 1987 Sam Mendes Chichester & 'A'Tour, Theatre Royal Haymarket Dion Boucicault
Semi-Monde Hardacre 1987 Tim Luscombe Royalty Theatre Noel Coward
In Praise of Rattigan Various 1986 Martin Tickner Richmond Terrance Rattigan
Coward Celebration Various 1984 Kim Grant Royalty Theatre Noel Coward
RSC Centenary Puck 1975 Peter Hall RSC Stratford Shakespeare
King John Arthur 1974 John Barton RSC Stratford Shakespeare
Peter Pan John 1974 & 1975 Alan Pinniger London Colosseum JM Barrie
Macbeth Fleance 1973 Trevor Nunn RSC Stratford & Aldwych Shakespeare
Man of Mode Flutter's Page 1971 Trevor Nunn RSC Aldwych Shakespeare
A Winter's Tale Mamillius 1969 Trevor Nunn RSC Aldwych Shakespeare

Voice Over

Documentary voice-over
Cecilia Bartoli, Breaking into Tesco, The British Open Golf Championship Official Film 2005, 2006, 2007, Biopics on Seve Ballesteros, Gary Player & Jack Niclaus. 'The British Empire In Colour' and the official film for Wimbledon 2007.

Commercial voice-over
The London Mayorial candiate selection 2008, Skoda, RSPCA, Saga Insurance, First Class Mortgages and Bud Light.

Continuity voice-over
Sky, CNN and Five.

Corporate voice-over
Visa, the London Olympic Bid, British Energy, Whitbread, Heineken, Redstone Communications, Western Homes, FIFA, British Gas, Yorkshire Electricity, BT, Cable & Wireless, Kingfisher, Longmans, Legal & General, Moneyextra.com, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Mail, Rover Cars, and Microsoft.