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Birth name Hywel Thomas Bennett
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 8 april 1944
Death 25 july 2017 (at 73 years)

Hywel Thomas Bennett (born 8 April 1944) is a Welsh film and television actor. Bennett is known for his recurring title role as James Shelley in the television sitcoms Shelley (1979–84) and its sequel The Return of Shelley (1988–92).

After becoming known for his role in the comedy film The Virgin Soldiers (1969), Bennett made appearances in films such as Loot (1970) and Percy (1971). He was in EastEnders during 2003 as gangster Jack Dalton.


Early life
Bennett was born in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales, the son of Sarah Gwen (née Lewis) and Gorden Bennett. He is the brother of actor Alun Lewis, who is best known for playing Vic Windsor in Emmerdale. Bennett was brought up in London from an early age, and attended Sunnyhill School, Streatham, Henry Thornton Grammar School, Clapham and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Bennett played small parts in Doctor Who (1965) and The Sweeney (1976). He starred in The Virgin Soldiers (1969), the film adaptation of Loot (1970) by Joe Orton, and Percy (1971). He was also cast opposite Hayley Mills in several films, including The Family Way (1966), Twisted Nerve (1968) and Endless Night (1972).

He played major parts in several Dennis Potter television plays, including Where the Buffalo Roam (1966), Pennies from Heaven ("Better Think Twice", 1978) in which he played Tom, a pimp, Karaoke (1996), and Cold Lazarus (also 1996). He took the lead role in Shelley (1979–84) and its sequel The Return of Shelley (1988–92).

He was also the villainous Mr Croup in Neil Gaiman's serial Neverwhere (1996). Bennett also starred in the four-part BBC mini-series Malice Aforethought (1979) based on a novel written in the 1920s by Francis Iles. Bennett's character, Ricki Tarr, was pivotal in the BBC serial based on John le Carré's novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979). He also appeared in Lock, Stock... (2000) as Deep Throat. .

In 2003 Benett joined the cast of the long-running soap opera EastEnders as Jack Dalton, a gangland boss who was a former adversary of Den Watts (played by Leslie Grantham) and was believed to have ordered Watts's death in 1989. He first appeared in the series in May 2003, but was written out just two months later when his character was shot dead by Dennis Rickman (Nigel Harman), son of Den Watts. Just before his death Dalton revealed that Den had survived the shooting 14 years earlier, and later that year Den returned to the series.

Bennett also appeared as an occasional character, Peter Baxter, on The Bill and was in the first episode of Jam & Jerusalem.

He appeared in the 1986 music video of "Loving You's a Dirty Job But Somebody's Gotta Do It" by Bonnie Tyler and Todd Rundgren. He playbacked the Todd Rundgren vocals. The song can be found on Bonnie's album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire.

Personal life
From 1970 to 1988 Bennett was married to Cathy McGowan, who was the presenter of the TV rock show Ready Steady Go! in the mid-1960s. They have a daughter, Emma.

Usually with

John Boulting
John Boulting
(2 films)
Roy Boulting
Roy Boulting
(2 films)
Ralph Thomas
Ralph Thomas
(2 films)
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Filmography of Hywel Bennett (16 films)

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One for the Road, 1h34
Directed by Paul Trijbits
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Hywel Bennett, Jonny Phillips
Roles Richard Stevens
Rating52% 2.625392.625392.625392.625392.62539
Vatel (2000)
, 1h43
Directed by Roland Joffé
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Cooking films, Politique, Political films, Histoire de France, Films about royalty
Actors Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Julian Glover, Tom Stoppard
Roles Colbert
Rating65% 3.2967053.2967053.2967053.2967053.296705
The film takes place in 1671. In the prelude to the Franco-Dutch War, a financially struggling Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé is visited by King Louis XIV for three days of festivities at the Château de Chantilly.. The prince wants a commission as a general, and spares no expense in order to impress the king. In charge of organizing the event is François Vatel, Master of Festivities and Pleasures in the prince's household. Vatel is a man of great honor and talent, but of low birth. As the great Condé is prepared to do anything in his quest for stature, the tasks assigned to Vatel are often menial and dishonourable. While Vatel tries to sustain dignity amidst the extravaganza he is meant to orchestrate, he finds himself in love with Anne de Montausier, the king's latest lover, who returns his affections. However, due to their incompatible social standing and the rigid hierarchy of the court, continuing the liaison is clearly impossible. The movie ends with Vatel realizing that he is nothing more than a puppet in the hands of his superiors, bought and sold like a piece of property: he consequently commits suicide. Vatel throws himself on his sword because the roast was not sufficient to feed several unexpected guests, the clouds dulled the fireworks display and he lacked confidence that there would be enough fish for the morning meal. Anne de Montausier is grief-stricken upon hearing the news but she must not speak of it. In doing so, she flees the court quietly and no one ever knew about her and Vatel.
Deadly Advice
Actors Jane Horrocks, Brenda Fricker, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Edward Woodward, Billie Whitelaw
Roles Dr Crippen
Rating61% 3.0522853.0522853.0522853.0522853.052285
The daughters of a domineering mother aspire to break free of her control and form romantic attachments.
Deadline (1987)
, 1h40
Origin German
Genres Drama, War, Action
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about writers, Films about journalists, Political films
Actors Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Amos Lavi, Moshe Ivgy, Sasson Gabai, Etti Ankri
Roles Mike Jessop
Rating53% 2.660272.660272.660272.660272.66027
Ace Reporter Don Stevens (Christopher Walken) is an American journalist who goes to Beirut, Lebanon during the civil war. He stays in a hotel with English journalist Mike Jessop. He is promised an interview with a top PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Palestinian Yassin Abu-Riadd (Amos Lavi). However, this proves to be a set-up and he is duped into interviewing an imposter who claims the PLO are prepared to negotiate peacefully. Outraged by this deception, Stevens becomes determined to find out the truth. In this quest he is helped by a Scandinavian doctor, Linda, who it emerges is Yassin's estranged girlfriend. Along the way, Stevens is hindered by everyone around him: The PLO threaten him, the Phalangists arrest him and the Israelis ignore him. Tricked and beaten, he gradually uncovers a murder plot, double agents, the bombing of the Phalangists headquarters and, most terrifying of all, a plan to massacre hundreds of civilians. In a story that takes the lid off events in Lebanon, Don Stevens becomes a reluctant hero, and in doing so, gets the scoop of a lifetime.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV miniseries)
Directed by John Irvin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell, Bernard Hepton, Ian William Richardson
Roles Ricki Tarr
Rating84% 4.247224.247224.247224.247224.24722
George Smiley (Guinness), deputy head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, is forced into retirement in the wake of "Operation Testify", a failed spy mission to Czechoslovakia. Veteran British agent Jim Prideaux (Bannen) had been sent to meet with a Czech general he's been told has information identifying a deep-cover Soviet spy planted in the highest echelons of British Secret Intelligence Service, known as the Circus because of its headquarters at Cambridge Circus in London.
Endless Night, 1h39
Directed by Sidney Gilliat
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Britt Ekland, Per Oscarsson, George Sanders, David Bauer
Roles Michael Rogers
Rating60% 3.001593.001593.001593.001593.00159
Michael Rogers (Bennett), a young drifter currently employed as a chauffeur, has a chance meeting with the lovely Ellie Thomsen (Mills). He dreams of building a magnificent house on a particular spot of land along the Devon coast. Unknown to him, she is actually a wealthy heiress and can make his dream come true. With the help of her efficient German companion, Greta (Ekland), they marry and build a memorable home designed by noted architect Santonix (Oscarsson), much to the disapproval of Ellie's family, who try to buy off Michael.
The Buttercup Chain, 1h35
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Hywel Bennett, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jane Asher, Sven-Bertil Taube, Clive Revill, Roy Dotrice
Roles France
Rating55% 2.7793852.7793852.7793852.7793852.779385
France and Manny are cousins, born on the same day to twin sisters. They grow up feeling a bond as if brother and sister. When he returns to London from boarding school, France and Manny make a pact in which each finds a suitable romantic partner for the other. But when they go away to the countryside with Margaret and Fred, a strange incestuous impulse seems to exist between the cousins, while Manny also must deal with a pregnancy.
Loot (1970)
, 1h41
Directed by Silvio Narizzano
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Richard Attenborough, Lee Remick, Hywel Bennett, Milo O'Shea, Roy Holder, Dick Emery
Roles Dennis
Rating55% 2.761912.761912.761912.761912.76191
Hal McLeavy, le fils d'un directeur d'hôtel dans une station balnéaire anglaise, et son ami Dennis cambriolent une banque voisine de l'entreprise de pompes funèbres où travaille Dennis. Ils cachent le butin dans un cercueil. L'inspecteur Truscott, chargé de l'enquête, les soupçonnent rapidement. Pendant ce temps, M. McLeavy, le père de Hal, est courtisé par Fay McMahon, l'infirmière qui a soigné sa femme pendant ses dernières semaines de vie. L'inspecteur Truscott s'intéresse aussi à Fay McMahon, car il est sûr qu'elle a tué plusieurs de ses anciens maris et qu'elle pourrait avoir empoisonné la mède de Hal.
The Virgin Soldiers
Genres Drama, War, Comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Political films
Actors Hywel Bennett, Lynn Redgrave, David Bowie, Nigel Davenport, Jack Shepherd, Nigel Patrick
Roles Brigg
Rating61% 3.055193.055193.055193.055193.05519
Private Brigg is a National Serviceman sent to Singapore during the Malayan Emergency along with a squad of naive new recruits. There he falls for Phillipa Raskin, the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major.
Twisted Nerve, 1h58
Directed by John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Hayley Mills, Russell Napier, Hywel Bennett, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Phyllis Calvert
Roles Martin (Georgie) Durnley
Rating70% 3.54433.54433.54433.54433.5443
The film opens with Martin playing catch with his younger brother Pete, who has learning difficulties and lives in a segregated school in London. Martin is the only remaining figure Pete's family life; their father died years ago and their mother has a new life with a new husband. Martin expresses concern for his brother's well-being to the school's physician, who is comfortable with Pete's progress.