Lyriq Bent (born January 3, 1979) is a Canadian actor, best known for his roles in the Saw franchise, the television series Rookie Blue and The Book of Negroes.
Lyriq Bent was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 6, he and his family moved to Canada. He grew up in Toronto and later attended Seneca College in North York. After graduating college with high honors, Lyriq Bent originally began his career as a computer graphic technician. Bent's plans, however, were short lived as he decided to take up acting on a dare.
Bent has starred in various lead and supporting roles both in film and television since he began his acting career in the early 2000s. Prior to landing a co-starring role in the drama series Angela's Eyes, he guest starred on the UPN series Kevin Hill, opposite Taye Diggs, and USA Network's Kojak, opposite Ving Rhames. After appearing on several television shows, Playback Magazine listed him as one of Canada’s top rising stars.
Bent attracted further attention when he co-starred in the hit horror films Saw II and Saw III as Officer Daniel Rigg. He later starred as one of the central characters in Saw IV.
From 2010 to 2014, he co-starred in the Canadian television series Rookie Blue, portraying Staff Sergeant Frank Best. Later, he portrayed Chekura Tiano in the television miniseries The Book of Negroes, based on the best-selling novel by Lawrence Hill. For this role, Bent won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. Bent has announced to be playing Jamie Overstreet, one of the male leads, in Spike Lee's new Netflix series She's Gotta Have It.
|2001||The Caveman's Valentine||Seraph Dancer|
|2002||Pretend You Don't See Her||Detective|
|10,000 Black Men Named George||Disgruntled Man|
|Damaged Goods||Eddie Barrel|
|2005||The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico||Mr. Stuff|
|Saw II||Officer Daniel Rigg|
|2006||Take the Lead||Easy|
|Saw III||Officer Daniel Rigg|
|2007||Saw IV||Officer Daniel Rigg|
|2012||Home Again||Dunston Williams|
|2014||A Day Late and a Dollar Short||Randall|
|Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B||Barry Hankerson|
|2015||Pay the Ghost||Jordan|
|2016||Ladies Book Club||Carlyle|
|2000||Relic Hunter||Quelch's Guard #2|
|2001-2003||Blue Murder||Keith Rose / Twist Ballard|
|2002||Street Time||Sergeant Danny Blackstone|
|2003-2004||Mutant X||Randall Blake / Harris|
|2004-2005||Kevin Hill||Jack Johnson|
|Angela's Eyes||Leo Jetson|
|2007||The Dresden Files||Jake|
|2008||CSI: Miami||Colin Madison|
|2010-2014||Rookie Blue||Frank Best / Franklin Joseph Best|
|2013||Rookie Blue Webisodes||Frank Best|
|2015||12 Monkeys||Dr. Henri Toussaint|
|The Book of Negroes||Chekura Tiano|
|2016||Coconut Hut||Desmond Kilpatrick|
|Shoot the Messenger||Kevin Lutz|
|2017||Mary Kills People||Frank|
|She's Gotta Have It||Jamie Overstreet|
|2016||Mafia III||Emmanuel Lazare|
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