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PostSubject: Peter Benson (Bernie Scripps)   Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:42 pm

Peter Benson (actor), was born 13 June 1921, in England. He is probably best known for playing Bernard Scripps in ITVs popular police drama Heartbeat which is set in the 1960s. He has played the role since 1995. In the series, 'Bernie' Scripps runs the Aidensfield Garage and the local funeral service. He has often been unwillingly involved in helping first Claude Greengrass Bill Maynard, then half-brother Vernon Scripps Geoffrey Hughes and finally Peggy Armstrong Gwen Taylor with disastrous money-making schemes.

Television and Theatre

Benson's other television and theatre work includes the regional premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. On television his credits include the Dauphin in Shaw's Saint Joan, Henry VI in all three parts of Henry VI for the BBC Television Shakespeare Series, Reuben with Bill Maynard in Alan Plater's Trinity Tales, Henry VII in Blackadder, Bernard in All Creatures Great and Small and recent roles in the made for tv movie Merlin and A Touch of Frost.

He has also had parts in The Royal, Rumpole of the Bailey, Jeeves and Wooster, The Bill, Peak Practice, Doctor Who, Tenko, and Lovejoy, among others.

Film Roles

His film work include roles in Michael Crichton's The First Great Train Robbery, John Boorman's Excalibur, and Roman Polanski's Tess.

Peter as Bernie (1995- )

Proprietor of Aidensfield Garage, mechanic, taxi operator and funeral director, though he appears to be some way past retirement age. A melancholy, tall and gaunt individual, but level-headed and kind, he is often roped (reluctantly) into madcap escapades by Claude Greengrass and (later) his half-brother Vernon Scripps, and, more recently still, Aunt Peggy. The schemes inevitably go wrong, with Bernie usually left to pick up the pieces.


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