Actor Emmerdale and Aliens Jay Benedict Dies from Coronavirus | TV & radio


Former Emmerdale and Foyle war star Jay Benedict died at the age of 68.

Benedict was born in Burbank, California, but moved to Europe in the 1960s and spent most of his professional life in the United Kingdom. He appeared as Newt’s father in James Cameron’s Aliens and as a “rich twit” in the latest film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. He is perhaps best known in the UK for playing Doug Hamilton in Emmerdale and John Kieffer in Foyle’s War.

TCG ArtistManagement

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear client Jay Benedict, who lost his battle against COVID-19 this afternoon. Our thoughts are with his family ❤️

April 4, 2020

Benedict was married to Allo Allo actor Phoebe Scholfield, with whom he had two sons, Leopold and Freddie, who are also actors.

Vicki Michelle

Shocked to hear one of our brightest actors and kind man Jay Benedict passed away. Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #Hello? Hello My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time #PhoebeScholfield @FreddieBenedict #LeoBenedict #SyncorSwim # COVID19

April 5, 2020

Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle paid tribute to her friend’s husband, calling him “one of our brightest actors and a lovely man.”


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