Returning to the Shaw Festival for his eleventh season, veteran Canadian actor Benedict Campbell appears in Major Barbara as Andrew Undershaft and in Trifles, the Lunchtime of two one-act plays, as Lewis Hale (Trifles) and Older Man (A Wife for a Life).
Other Shaw credits include Ragtime, His Girl Friday, Heartbreak House, My Fair Lady, John Bull’s Other Island, The Cherry Orchard, The Entertainer, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, An Inspector Calls, Mrs Warren’s Profession, the musical Mack and Mabel, Hotel Peccadillo, The Crucible, Too True To Be Good, Happy End, Major Barbara, Man and Superman, Nothing Sacred, Happy End (2003) and The Plough and the Stars.
Recently, Benedict revisited the role of Professor Henry Higgins in Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage’s successful production of My Fair Lady.
An actor who has also played many roles at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s stage over ten seasons, Benedict’s selected credits include King Henry in Henry IV Parts I and II, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Earl of Kent in King Lear, The Swanne: Part I, Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, The Alchemist and The Three Musketeers, to name only a few. He recreated his original role as the Earl of Kent in the remount of the acclaimed production of King Lear at the prestigious Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York. Benedict also played Claudius in Necessary Angel Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet at Habourfront Centre’s World Stage.
Benedict has appeared on stages across Canada including the Canadian Stage Company, The Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Plus, The National Arts Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, Citadel Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille. He received Dora nominations for his performances in Hamlet and Rat Bag. He has appeared in many productions at the National Arts Centre including Hamlet, Equus and Troilus and Cressida.
In addition to his theatrical talents, Benedict is also a seasoned film and television actor. Selected credits include Act of Dishonour (shot in Tajikistan); Slings and Arrows, The 11th Hour (Alliance Atlantis); Canada: A People’s History, Road to Avonlea, Street Legal (CBC); Dracula; The Louis Braille Story; Goosebumps; The Oath; Haunted Houses; Christmas Love; Dieppe; ENG (CTV); Private Capital; Twelfth Night and The Boys from Syracuse. Some may recognize him from the animated series Donkey Kong, in which he provided the voice for King K. Rool. He has also provided voices for characters in Jane and the Dragon; Babar; Friends and Heroes; Berenstain Bears; Highlander; Noddy; Ace Ventura and Neverending Story.