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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.

He played Officer Daniel Rigg in Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV.

Early Life

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 from 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 in film and television since he began his acting career in the early 2000s. Before 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.



Year Title Role
2001 The Caveman's Valentine Seraph Dancer
Jane Doe Rawlins
2002 Pretend You Don't See Her Detective
10,000 Black Men Named George Disgruntled Man
Superbob Lepke
Damaged Goods Eddie Barrel
2003 Crime Spree Ellwood
Honey Barber
2005 The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico Mr. Stuff
Four Brothers Damian
Saw II Officer Daniel Rigg
2006 Take the Lead Easy
Skinwalkers Doak
Saw III Officer Daniel Rigg
2007 Saw IV Officer Daniel Rigg
2009 Defendor Wayne
2010 Mother's Day Treshawn
Perception Father
2012 Home Again Dunston Williams
2013 Queen City Takiri
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
Group Home Winnie
The Choir Husband
2018 Love Jacked Tyrell
Acrimony Robert


Year Title Role
2000 Relic Hunter Quelch's Guard #2
2001-2003 Blue Murder Keith Rose / Twist Ballard
2001 Tracker Bartender
2002 Street Time Sergeant Danny Blackstone
2003-2004 Mutant X Randall Blake / Harris
2003 Platinum Devon
2004-2005 Kevin Hill Jack Johnson
2004 1-800-Missing Dante
2005 Kojak Billy Harris
2006 North/South Joss Colley
Angela's Eyes Leo Jetson
2007 The Dresden Files Jake
2008-2009 Sophie Andre
2008 CSI: Miami Colin Madison
2009 Guns Ford Saunders
2010-2014 Rookie Blue Frank Best / Franklin Joseph Best
2010 Haven Ray McBreen
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

Video Games

Year Title Role
2016 Mafia III Emmanuel Lazare


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