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.
Benedict was married to Allo Allo actor Phoebe Scholfield, with whom he had two sons, Leopold and Freddie, who are also actors.
Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle paid tribute to her friend’s husband, calling him “one of our brightest actors and a lovely man.”