Darren trained at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. Originally from Bristol, he is a former member of the HTV West Junior Drama Workshop.
His recent credits include; Harlots for ITV Encore/Hulu, feature films AUX and Benny Loves You and on stage Top Hat (Ovation Productions – 2018 Offie award winner), UKIP! The Musical (Edinburgh – winner ‘Acting Excellence’ award from The Stage), The Night Before Christmas (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre) and The Mad Parade (Trafalgar Studios).
Darren is also an established voice over artist, working regularly at the BBC and on the panel for RNIB audio books, as well as a singer and trained Latin & Ballroom dancer.
Nine ★★★★★ reviews. Four ‘Offie, 2018’ nominations and winner ‘Best Choreography’.
Darren Benedict, in the Edward Everett-Horton part of Horace Hardwick, is chirpy and neurotic, with gleefully apt timing, letting his innumerable unwitting one-liners fall exactly where they will cause most mirth.
There is also solid character work from Darren Benedict’s half-heartedly philandering Horace and Ellen Verenieks’s wise-cracking spendthrift Madge.
Darren Benedict as Horace Hardwick and Ellen Verenieks as the unflappable Madge shine.
Darren Benedict as Horace Hardwick is wonderful to watch in his role as Jerry Travers’ concerned producer and fall guy to his wife.
London Pub Theatres
Much of the comedy comes from Horace Hardwick (Darren Benedict)…
The Spy in the Stalls
Darren Benedict is perfectly cast as Horace Hardwick, Jerry’s sidekick.
Musical Theatre Review
There is great repartee between Darren Benedict and Ellen Verenieks as Horace and Madge Hardwick, a dysfunctional married couple, the male half of which Tremont has confused for Travers.
Camden New Journal
…tremendously comic performances from Darren Benedict & Ellen Verenieks as Horace & Madge Hardwick.
The Review Chap
…Darren Benedict provided comedic relief throughout, which was thoroughly entertaining.
Rewrite This Story
UKIP! The Musical
Darren Benedict is a riot of mannerisms and fake nostalgia as Farage.
★★★★ The Stage
Darren Benedict stole the show north of the border… Benedict’s performance is a joy in the political satire, which has a little of The New Statesman about it, with him bringing humour, naivety and fragility to the role of Farage.
★★★★ Bristol Post
Darren Benedict gives a great performance as Nigel Farage.
★★★★ Fest Mag
The performers, particularly the lead, Darren Benedict were well judged.
Highly Recommended – FringeReview
Much Ado About Nothing
Darren Benedict’s oily scheming Conrade is the Peter Mandelson to Don Pedro’s Tony Blair.
Beauty and the Beast
Darren Benedict plays Beauty’s father and the Butler in the Beast’s house, he performs well throughout and shines in some of the darker musical numbers.
★★★★ The Public Reviews
Darren Benedict subtly and smoothly sketches the differences between the Butler and the Master.
The Hang of the Gaol
…almost as perfect a sense of comic timing as Darren Benedict, who brings a brilliance and lightness to his role as one half of a fantastical fire investigation team.
Darren Benedict and Amy Ellen Burnett were fabulous as the quarrelsome Coopers.
★★★★ London Festival Fringe