Ben's Website - Actor

About My Work

I am best known for my work in television most notably for the following roles: -

  • Christo de Wet in “Skooldae” I, II and III.
  • Kobus Koen in “The Game” I, I, and III.
  • Sakkie Bezuidenhoudt in “Zero Tolerance” I, II and III.
  • Neef Gert in “7e Laan”.

I appeared in a couple of International Films such as “Okavango” a film that sank without a trace and that was perhaps a good thing because I played a character called “Dog Schmidt” the leader of a gang of ruffians in a movie described as ‘a Mexican bandit picture set in Africa…’ (You can draw you own conclusions…) With me in the movie were big names like Rex Garner, Danny Keogh and the very nice American actor, Philip Brown – ex Dynasty.

Another notable movie was “Cry the beloved Country” with Richard Harris and James Earl Jones. I was “Cop 1” (Cop 2 was played by Dan Robbertse – a character he has perfected over the years!) and had two scenes opposite Mr Harris. We had a fine time discussing rugby, Irish whisky and music.

So far, my finest hour in movies was in “The Mandela and De Klerk Story” opposite Sidney Poitier and Micheal Caine. Mr Poitier was Mandela and Michael Caine portrayed FW De Klerk. I played James Gregory, one of Madiba’s prison guards who later became a firm friend. It was a joy to work with one of the legends of film as all my scenes were opposite Sidney Poitier.

On stage

My fist love still is and always will be stage work. I was fortunate to be a part of history as I was part of the last couple of plays performed by PACT (Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal) in the Breytenbach Theatre in Sunnyside, Pretoria. And I was a part of the opening of the magnificent State Theatre in the centre of Pretoria.

Those were heady days indeed. Sadly, theatre has now been relegated to the back seat of the South African Arts scene and the pinnacle has become soap opera’s on television - of which we have, perhaps, too many.

Some of my stage credits include:

  • Jakes in “Siener in die Suburbs”
  • Louis Botha in “Vereeniging, Vereniging”
  • Horatio opposite Marius Weyers as “Hamlet”
  • Senior in “Ek, Anna Van Wyk”
  • Don Juan in “Don Juan onder die boere”
  • Roby in “Die tweede dood van Roby Leibrandt”

And so the list continues. Almost 50 plays in all…