John Benfield dies – Prime Suspect star dies at 68 after battle with rare cancer


John Benfield died after battling rare cancer.The star of Prime Suspect died at the age of 68 after suffering from sarcoma.

He died at the Sobell House Hospice in Oxford, according to the Oxford Mail.

John, whose real name was John Taylor, was known to play DCS Michael Kernan against Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect.

His agents Marham, Froggatt and Irwin said that John always brings “truth and integrity to his roles and is an imposing figure, strong and robust, with soul and belief in his craft”.

Born in Wanstead Essex, John and his family moved to Witney in Oxfordshire in 2015.

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Benfield in Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren in 1995

John is survived by his wife Lilian, son Freddie and grandson Rex.

He has appeared in over 70 movies and TV series during his career.

In addition to Prime Suspect, John also played small roles in dramatic BBC adaptations such as The Winter’s Tale and The Day of the Triffids.

John died at Sobell House Hospice in Oxford after battling sarcoma

He has also worked with the great directors Wachowskis, Woody Allen, Gillian Armstrong, Jim Sheridan, Ken Loach, David Drury, Chris Menaul and Sam Mendes.

His other credits include Cruncher Block in Speed ​​Racer, Brian Blaine in Cassandra’s Dream, Dunston in Endgame and PO Barker in In the Name of the Father.

Most recently, he played Captain Axel in Cold Skin.

John has appeared in over 70 movies and TV series during his career

Fans described him as an “amazing actor” and “a gift to the industry”.

John held a number of jobs before becoming an actor, including as a driver and was part of the ambulance service.

He married his wife Lilian Lees (known as Lil) on May 6, 1989 at the registration office in Hammersmith.


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