JAY BENEDICTInternational, Direct & Sincere
Playing Age: 40-60
Jay was born in California, but his family left the United States for Europe when he was a child. As a legacy of his itinerant childhood, he is English/French bilingual, and no slouch in Spanish and German, either. People meeting him in ‘real life’ are surprised that he sounds more English than American – but so would you if you’d lived in Europe for 50-odd years (some of them very odd indeed).
He’s best known today for his two appearances as John Kieffer – the US Army officer and friend of Christopher Foyle – in Foyle’s War, but in his varied career he has danced with the legendary Zizi Jeanmaire at Le Casino de Paris, played almost every male role in The Rocky Horror Show in the early 1970s (given half a chance, he’d probably have had a crack at the female ones, too …) and has appeared frequently on stage in both straight drama and musical theatre.