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Date of Birth: 1942
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Jessica Benton is a British actress, mainly known for her role in the
BBC series The
Onedin Line. Jessica Benton had some minor roles on TV such as Z-Cars in 1970, and
The Juggler of Notre Dame (1970). Jessica Benton also appeared in Upstairs, Downstairs (1971) as Lady Cynthia
in the episode "The Path of Duty", The
Duchess of Duke Street (1976) as Eleanor Prentice in the
episode "A Lesson in Manners", and
Thomas & Sarah (1979) playing Grace Laughton in the episode
"Birds of a Feather".
This led her to the starring role in The Onedin Line playing
Elizabeth Onedin / Frazer / Lady Fogarty.
For nearly a decade, from 1971 to 1980, Jessica Benton was one of
the best known actresses in the UK.
With the conclusion of The Onedin Line Jessica Benton's career as a
television actor largely ended. There
was one last foray into bustles and corsets in a
drama-documentary shot in Austria in which Jessica Benton played Queen Anne. Jessica Benton also did a selection of
plays at Salisbury Playhouse but decided
to leave the acting profession to concentrate on her family
and the many animals she has at home.
Jessica Benton has worked as a full time alcohol and drugs
Jessica Benton lives in the English countryside and is
married to the renowned British landscape
photographer Charlie Waite. They have a daughter Ella, who
is the founder and manager of an
independent production company www.environmentfilms.org and
is married to Director of Photography,
Anne Stallybrass and
Peter Gilmore, with whom she co-starred
in The Onedin Line, have remained
life-long friends and Stallybrass is Ella's godmother.
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