Sam Benjamin: Superhero in the Making

Sam Benjamin

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Credit: Chris Cox

Sam Benjamin is a rising award winning actor and filmmaker known for his role in The War of the Worlds (2019) opposite Eleanor Tomlinson, his guest star turn in Doctor Who (2005), and for being in Peaky Blinders (2013) as Cillian Murphy’s duplicitous Border Officer.

Sam has just wrapped a leading role in Vinnie Jones action movie I Am Vengeance: Retaliation, playing maverick black ops recruit ‘Shapiro’. He’s also the leading man in BBC’s Binge Watching (2019) playing ruthless lawman ‘Constable Smith’.

A recipient of New York and LA Film Awards, Sam wrote and starred in The Few (2016) & Double Cross (2015) and has just completed his directorial debut with the pro wrestling drama short Screwjob.

Sam starred as ‘Young Jack’ in BAFTA winning BBC series Old Jack’s Boat (2013) alongside Freema Agyeman, and also starred in Little Crackers (2010) playing the brother of John Bishop.

Born in Birkenhead, England, his sophomore screenwriting venture Double Cross (2015) also starring Kyla Frye (Edge of Tomorrow (2014)) made Official Selections at the British Urban Film Festival, Melanin Box Festival and SOUL Connect BFI Festival. In this critically acclaimed movie, Sam played the suave and cocky con artist ‘George’. He won the ‘Best Script Award’ at the BBC sponsored British Urban Film Festival Awards 2016 for his original TV drama script Liverpool 81.

An increasingly familiar face on prime-time TV, Sam also guest starred as the jaded and disillusioned soldier ‘Private Reynolds’ in hit BBC World War I drama The Crimson Field (2014). Facing certain death, we saw the courageous Reynolds march back into the trenches after a near fatal injury, resolute in his commitment to his country, and his seasoned army mentor, played by Lee Ingleby.

Sam’s first movie role was alongside Heroes (2006) star Jimmy Jean-Louis in the film Precipice (2010), which he landed the week he graduated from Drama Studio London, the prestigious acting school whose alumni include Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker and Academy Award Nominee Emily Watson

Before training as an actor, Sam became the first of his family to go to University. During received a BA Hons in History and Theatre from Reading University, where he was spotted by the National Student Drama Festival team and hand picked to join their Ensemble of 2005. Here he was taught Shakespeare and theatre ensemble skills under the tutelage of Patrick Stewart and John Britton. – IMDB