Jamaican-born actor Lyriq Bent enjoys 1.7 million for ‘Negroes’

Jamaican-born actor Lyriq Bent enjoys 1.7 million for ‘Negroes’

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Topics: Film & Theatre, Literature

Jamaican-born, Canadian actor Lyriq Bent stars in the television adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s award-winning work of fiction – The Book of Negroes. The novel, which only uses this thought-provoking title in Canada, is published as Someone Knows My Name in Australia, New Zealand and the US.

The book was adapted for a mini-series which premiered on CBC Television in Canada on Wednesday at 9pm. It topped the ratings for its time slot with 1.7 million viewers to beat out the People’s Choice Awards. The series is scheduled to air in the same time slot until February 11. It will make its US debut on BET next month. The impressive cast boasts Oscar-winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., as well as Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawco, Jane Alexander and Aunjanue Ellis – who plays the lead character.


The book tells the tale of a West African girl, Aminata Diallo, who was taken and sold into slavery in America. It explores the abolition of the slave trade and the repatriation of former slaves to West Africa. The author – who won the 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book – was a guest at the 2008 Calabash International Literary Festival in Treasure Beach.

Bent, a screen veteran in his own right, recently appeared with yet another all-star cast – Whoopi Goldberg, Ving Rhames, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Mekhi Phifer and Tichina Arnold – in the television adaptation of author Terry McMillan’s A Day Late and a Dollar Short. He also popped up in the controversial Lifetime film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.

He is best known for his roles as Daniel Rigg in the Saw horror films and Staff Sergeant Frank Best in Canadian police drama Rookie Blue. According to IMDb Bent is set to appear in an upcoming supernatural thriller, Pay The Ghost, with Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage.

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