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Entertainment John Benfield, Prime Suspect Actor, Dies At The Age Of 68

14:07  09 july  2020
14:07  09 july  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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John Benfield has passed away aged 68 following a battle with Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, it was revealed on Wednesday. His stage work included Sam Mendes’ 1994 production of Glengarry Glen Ross at the Donmar Warehouse in London, Macduff to Pete Postlethwaite’s Macbeth on tour in 1997

ACTOR John Benfield , who played Helen Mirren’s boss in Prime Suspect , who has died of cancer at the age of 68 . John , whose real name was John Turner, appeared as DCS Michael Kernan in the ITV show.

John Benfield wearing a suit and tie: John Benfield as DCS Michael Kernan in Prime Suspect © ITV/Shutterstock John Benfield as DCS Michael Kernan in Prime Suspect

Prime Suspect actor John Benfield has died at the age of 68.

The British TV star, whose real name was John Turner, is said to have battled a rare form of cancer and died at the Sobell House Hospice in Oxford on 16 June.

John Benfield wearing a suit and tie: John Benfield as DCS Michael Kernan in Prime Suspect © ITV/Shutterstock John Benfield as DCS Michael Kernan in Prime Suspect

John’s agents told the Oxford Mail that the actor had always brought “truth and integrity to his roles and was an imposing, strong and rugged figure, with a soul and belief in his craft”.

The actor was best known for his role as Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Kernan in ITV’s Prime Suspect alongside Dame Helen Mirren.

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John Benfield as DCS Michael Kernan in Prime Suspect . John ’s agents told the Oxford Mail that the actor had always brought “truth and integrity to his roles The actor was best known for his role as Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Kernan in ITV’s Prime Suspect alongside Dame Helen Mirren.

Prime Suspect , which ran between 1991 and 2006, focused on a no-nonsense female Detective Chief Inspector, Jane Tennison (Mirren) who has to prove herself in a male-dominated profession, with the support of her boss, DCS Mike Kernan ( Benfield ). The actor is survived by Lilian, son Freddie, and

Helen Mirren, Craig Fairbrass are posing for a picture: Helen Mirren (as DCI Jane Tennison), John Benfield (as DSI Michael Kernan) and Craig Fairbrass (as DI Frank Burkin) in Prime Suspect. © ITV/Shutterstock Helen Mirren (as DCI Jane Tennison), John Benfield (as DSI Michael Kernan) and Craig Fairbrass (as DI Frank Burkin) in Prime Suspect.

The hugely popular police drama, which aired between 1991 and 2006, focused on a no-nonsense female Detective Chief Inspector, Jane Tennison (Mirren) who has to prove herself in a male-dominated profession, with the support of her boss, DCS Mike Kernan (Benfield).

He appeared in over 70 other TV shows or films throughout his career, including Buster (1988), Beautiful Thing (1996) and the TV shows Doctor Who, Hippies, The Worst Week of My Life and Sharpe’s Revenge.

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


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JOHN BENFIELD , best known for his role alongside Helen Mirren in ITV's Prime Suspect , has died following a battle with a rare form of cancer. John Benfield (real name John Turner), best known for playing DCS Michael Kernan in the ITV crime drama Prime Suspect , has died at the age of 68 .

Prime Suspect actor John Benfield has sadly died at the age of 68 . The British TV star, whose real name was John Turner, is said to have battled a rare form of The actor played Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Kernan in the ITV police drama alongside Dame Helen Mirren.

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