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Benjamin Whitrow is a Actor British born on 17 february 1937 at Oxford (United-kingdom)

Benjamin Whitrow

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Birth name Benjamin John Whitrow
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 17 february 1937 at Oxford (United-kingdom)
Death 28 september 2017 (at 80 years)

Benjamin John Whitrow (born 17 February 1937) is an English actor.


He attended the Dragon School, Tonbridge School, and RADA. Whitrow also served in the King's Dragoon Guards from 1956 to 1958. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1981. He played Russell in the radio version of After Henry.

In 1989, Whitrow appeared in episode four of the BBC Two sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie (series one), playing an irate member of the audience who claimed that Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie had stolen several of their sketches from him.

Between 1990 and 1992, Whitrow appeared in the sitcom The New Statesman as Paddy O'Rourke, a Labour shadow minister who feigned an Irish accent when in public to attract the working-class vote.

Whitrow was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. He has a son, Angus, by actress Celia Imrie.

In the year 2000, in the successful animated movie Chicken Run, Whitrow voiced the character of Fowler; an old rooster who claims to have fought in World War II.

Best films

Chicken Run (2000)

Usually with

Peter Lord
Peter Lord
(2 films)
Nick Park
Nick Park
(2 films)
Bob Peck
Bob Peck
(3 films)
Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Benjamin Whitrow (26 films)

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Darkest Hour, 2h5
Directed by Joe Wright
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ronald Pickup, Lily James, Stephen Dillane
Roles Sir Samuel Hoare
Rating73% 3.699913.699913.699913.699913.69991
Se déroulant entre le 9 mai 1940 (la veille de l’offensive allemande) et début juin 1940, le film se focalise sur le personnage de Churchill et son entourage, en partie par l'œil de sa nouvelle secrétaire privée , chargée de taper télégrammes et courriers. D'abord pressenti comme prochain Premier ministre, Churchill se heurte à une opposition favorable à des pourparlers de paix (en premier Lord Halifax et Chamberlain). Puis on le suit à la tête du gouvernement, dans les affres de la douleur des choix difficiles. Notamment lorsque la guerre éclair refoule les 300 000 hommes de l'armée britannique à Dunkerque, le dos à la mer. Churchill ordonne le sacrifice d'une unité chargée d'une diversion (30e brigade motorisée commandée par le brigadier Nicholson à Calais) et la mobilisation des embarcations civiles pour secourir les armées française et anglaise encerclées à Dunkerque : c'est l'« opération Dynamo » qui débute le 26 mai.
Bomber (2009)
, 1h24
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Shane Taylor, Shane Taylor, Benjamin Whitrow
Roles Alistar
Rating59% 2.9590752.9590752.9590752.9590752.959075
Shane Taylor, Benjamin Whitrow, and Eileen Nicholas star in Paul Cotter's bittersweet comedy about an old man who goes back to Germany to apologise to a village he accidentally bombed during the war.
Poirot: After the Funeral, 1h40
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Crime
Actors David Suchet, Michael Fassbender, Robert Bathurst, Geraldine James, John Carson, Anna Calder-Marshall
Roles Timothy Abernethie
Rating79% 3.9837153.9837153.9837153.9837153.983715
Richard Abernethie meurt d'une crise cardiaque et toute sa famille se rend à ses funérailles. Lors de l'ouverture du testament, sa sœur Cora, que personne n'avait revue depuis des années, émet l'hypothèse qu'il aurait été assassiné. Le lendemain, elle est retrouvée massacrée à la hache. Le notaire de la famille fait alors appel à son vieil ami Poirot pour enquêter. Pour le détective belge, l'assassin est un membre de la famille...
Scenes of a Sexual Nature, 1h31
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Adrian Lester, Sophie Okonedo, Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Andrew Lincoln, Douglas Hodge
Roles Eddie Wright
Rating59% 2.998742.998742.998742.998742.99874
Husband, Jamie (Andrew Lincoln) and wife, Molly (Holly Aird) are lying on the grass, discussing footballers and multiple orgasms. Molly notices Jamie staring at a pretty girl nearby, Sophie (Eglantine Rembauville). When he is challenged about it, he pretends he was looking at the book the girl was reading, L'Etranger by Albert Camus. Immediately seeing through his lies, Molly questions Jamie about the book; Jamie claims it is a western about a man who eventually becomes sheriff. In order to embarrass Jamie and expose him as a liar, she then approaches Sophie to question her about the book as well.
The Queen's Sister, 1h36
Directed by Simon Cellan Jones
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Historical
Themes Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Lucy Cohu, Toby Stephens, David Threlfall, Aden Gillett, Dominic Mafham, Simon Woods
Roles Cronin
Rating62% 3.148523.148523.148523.148523.14852
The drama opens with the disclaimer "Some of the following is based on fact. And some isn't". When Archbishop Fisher of the Church of England refuses her request to allow her and divorced war hero Peter Townsend, an equerry to her sister, to wed in a religious ceremony, and her brother-in-law and confidant Prince Philip advises her she will lose all her material possessions if they engage in a civil union, Margaret ends the relationship and plunges into a hedonistic lifestyle that frequently draws headlines in the press. She finds herself partnered with Tony Armstrong-Jones at a party that dissolves into an evening of sexual shenanigans, and she and the impoverished photographer begin to meet frequently for clandestine encounters in his dingy flat. When their relationship is made public, the two wed in an elaborate ceremony that is admired by those who embrace the monarchy and criticized by politicians who are shocked at the amount of money spent on the occasion while their constituents are struggling to get by on meager wages.
Chicken Run, 1h24
Directed by Nick Park, Peter Lord
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Environmental films, Prison films, Transport films, Aviation films, Films about dogs, Films about birds, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Phil Daniels, Benjamin Whitrow, Tony Haygarth
Roles Fowler (voice)
Rating69% 3.497093.497093.497093.497093.49709
Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy run a failing chicken farm in Yorkshire; the chickens are caged in the style of a prison camp with a high fence and barbed wire, with two dogs that patrol the grounds. As their chickens are producing fewer eggs, Mrs. Tweedy comes up with the idea of converting their product from eggs to chicken pies, and orders a large automatic pie maker.
FairyTale: A True Story, 1h35
Directed by Charles Sturridge
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Les fées, Children's films
Actors Peter O'Toole, Harvey Keitel, Florence Hoath, Paul McGann, Elizabeth Inglis, Joseph May
Roles Mr. Binley
Rating63% 3.199153.199153.199153.199153.19915
Early 20th Century Europe was a time and place rife with conflicting forces, from the battlefields of World War I to the peaceful countryside of rural England. Scientific advances such as electric light and photography appeared magical to some; spiritualism was championed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while his friend Harry Houdini decried false mediums who prey upon grieving families. J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan charmed theatergoers of all ages. Young Frances Griffiths, whose father is missing in action, arrives by train to stay with her cousin Elsie Wright in rural Yorkshire.
The Saint
The Saint (1997)
, 1h56
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy, Romance
Themes Spy films
Actors Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Šerbedžija, Alun Armstrong, Henry Goodman, Michael Byrne
Roles le président d'Oxford
Rating62% 3.1488553.1488553.1488553.1488553.148855
At the Saint Ignatius Orphanage, a rebellious boy named John Rossi refers to himself as "Simon Templar" and leads a group of fellow orphans as they attempt to run away to escape their harsh treatment. When Simon is caught by the head priest, he witnesses the tragic death of a girl he had taken a liking to when she accidentally falls from a balcony.
Restoration, 1h57
Directed by Michael Hoffman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, Ian McKellen, Hugh Grant, David Thewlis, Polly Walker
Roles Merivel's Father
Rating65% 3.2989453.2989453.2989453.2989453.298945
A young doctor, Robert Merivel (Robert Downey, Jr.), enters the service of King Charles II of England (Sam Neill) after having saved the King's favorite spaniel. Merivel finds himself enjoying a life of pleasure and popularity at court, until the King informs him that he has arranged for Merivel to wed Celia (Polly Walker), the King's favorite mistress. The purpose of the arranged marriage is to fool another of the King's mistresses. Merivel is given an estate named Bidnold in Suffolk, and Celia is installed in a house in Kew where the king can visit her secretly. Merivel lives a life of debauchery there, but also finds pleasure in restoring the house to its former beauty with the support of Will Gates (Ian McKellen), the man who runs the estate. However, things become complicated when Merivel breaks the King's cardinal rule by falling in love with Celia. Elias Finn (Hugh Grant), a painter commissioned by the King to paint a portrait of Celia, tricks Merivel into revealing his romantic feelings for Celia, who does not return Merivel's affections. After finding out about Merivel's romantic feelings toward Celia, the King banishes him from court back to his life as a physician.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series), 5h27
Directed by Simon Langton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth, Julia Sawalha, Alison Steadman, Benjamin Whitrow, Susannah Harker
Roles Mr. Bennet
Rating87% 4.399284.399284.399284.399284.39928
Episode 1 – Mr Charles Bingley, a rich man from the north of England, settles down at Netherfield estate near Meryton village in Hertfordshire for the autumn. Mrs Bennet, unlike her husband, is excited at the prospect of marrying off one of her five daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia) to the newcomer. Bingley takes an immediate liking to Jane at a local country-dance, while his best friend Mr Darcy, rumoured to be twice as rich, refuses to stand up with anyone including Elizabeth. Elizabeth's poor impression of his character is confirmed at a later gathering at Lucas Lodge and she and Darcy verbally clash on the two nights she spends at Netherfield caring for the sick Jane.
Chaplin (1992)
, 2h23
Directed by Richard Attenborough
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about films, Films about television
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine Chaplin, Moira Kelly, Dan Aykroyd, Penelope Ann Miller
Rating75% 3.799173.799173.799173.799173.79917
The film is structured around lengthy flashbacks as the elderly Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey, Jr.) (now living in Switzerland) recollects moments from his life during a conversation with fictional character George Hayden (Anthony Hopkins), the editor of his autobiography. Chaplin's recollections begin with his childhood of extreme poverty, from which he escapes by immersing himself in the world of the London music halls, after which he relocates to the United States.
Damage (1992)
, 1h51
Directed by Louis Malle
Origin France
Genres Drama, Erotic, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, Ian Bannen, Peter Stormare
Roles Civil Servant
Rating67% 3.3983753.3983753.3983753.3983753.398375
Dr. Stephen Fleming, MP (Irons), a physician, British Member of Parliament, and his government's Minister of the Environment, lives a pleasant life in London with his wife Ingrid (Richardson) and young daughter Sally (Gemma Clarke). Their adult son, Martyn (Graves), a rising young journalist, lives elsewhere in London. At a diplomatic reception, Stephen meets a young woman named Anna Barton (Binoche), the daughter of a British diplomat and Elizabeth Prideaux (Leslie Caron), her four-times married French mother who "lives in Palm Springs". Anna, who works in the arts and antiques department at Sotheby's auction house, introduces herself as a close friend of Martyn's but it is apparent that Stephen and Anna are instantly attracted to each other.
Muzzy Comes Back
Directed by Richard Taylor
Origin United-kingdom
Actors Jack May, Willie Rushton, Miriam Margolyes, Susan Sheridan, Derek Griffiths, Benjamin Whitrow
Rating72% 3.604063.604063.604063.604063.60406
Muzzy the friendly green clock-eating monster from outer space returns for more adventures with his friends in Gondoland. Everyone expects him and King Nigel with Queen Ezra decide to make a ball for Amanda's christening. Meanwhile, Corvax invents an invisibility device and with his assistant named "Thimbo (the Terrible)", a thief on parole, plans to kidnap Amanda, Bob and Sylvia's daughter to avenge Bob for tricking him and taking Sylvia away from him.