Lyriq Bent is a Canadian actor, best known for his role in the Saw films and the Canadian police drama Rookie Blue.

Early life

Bent was born in Jamaica and moved to Toronto, Canada when he was six years old. He grew up in Toronto and later attended Seneca College in North York. After graduating college he began a career as a computer graphic technician. His plans, however, were short lived as he decided to take up acting.


Bent has had numerous film and television appearances. Playback Magazine has nominated him as one of Canada’s top rising stars.

Prior to landing a co-starring role in the drama series Angela's Eyes, he guest starred on the UPN series Kevin Hill opposite Taye Diggs, and USA Network's Kojak opposite Ving Rhames.

He co-starred in Saw II and Saw III as Officer Daniel Rigg, and starred as the central character in Saw IV.

From 2010â€"2014 he co-starred in the Canadian television series Rookie Blue, portraying Staff Sergeant Frank Best.

Bent's most recent role was the portrayal of Chekura Diallo in the BET television miniseries The Book of Negroes, based on the best-selling novel by Lawrence Hill.


  • Pay the Ghost (2015) â€" Jordan Reynolds
  • A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014) â€" Randall
  • Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014) â€" Barry Hankerson
  • Queen City (2013) â€" Takiri
  • Home Again (2012) â€" Dunston Williams
  • Mother's Day (2010) â€" Treshawn
  • Defendor (2009) â€" Wayne
  • Saw IV (2007) â€" Daniel Rigg
  • Take the Lead (2006) â€" Easy
  • Saw III (2006) â€" Daniel Rigg
  • Skinwalkers (2006) â€" Doak
  • The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (2005) â€" Mr. Stuff
  • Four Brothers (2005) â€" Damian
  • Saw II (2005) â€" Daniel Rigg
  • Crime Spree (2003) â€" Ellwood
  • Honey (2003) â€" Barber
  • Damaged Goods (2002) â€" Eddie Barrel
  • Pretend You Don't See Her (2002) â€" Detective
  • 10,000 Black Men Named George (2002) â€" Disgruntled Man
  • Superbob (2002) â€" Lepke
  • The Caveman's Valentine (2001) â€" Seraph Dancer
  • Jane Doe (2001) â€" Rawlins


  • The Book of Negroes (2015) â€" Chekura
  • 12 Monkeys (2015) â€" Dr. Henri Toussaint (Season 1, Episode 3 "Cassandra Complex")
  • Rookie Blue (2010â€"2014) â€" Frank Best
  • Perception (2010) â€" Father
  • Haven (2010) â€" Ray McBreen
  • Guns (2009) â€" Ford Saunders
  • Sophie (2008â€"2009) â€" Andre
  • CSI: Miami (2008) â€" Colin Madison
  • The Dresden Files (2007) â€" Jake
  • Angela's Eyes (2006) â€" Leo Jetson
  • North/South (2006) â€" Joss Colley
  • Kojak (2005) â€" Billy Harris
  • Kevin Hill (2004â€"2005) â€" Jack Johnson
  • 1-800-Missing (2004) â€" Dante
  • Mutant X (2003â€"2004) â€" Harris (Season 2, Episode 12 "Within These Walls"); Randall Blake (Season 3, Episode 13 "Art of Attraction")
  • Platinum (2003) â€" Devon
  • Street Time (2002) â€" Sergeant Danny Blackstone
  • Blue Murder (2001â€"2003) â€" Twist Ballard (Season 1, Episode 11 "Remington Park"); Keith Rose (Season 3, Episode 3 "Respect")
  • Tracker (2001) â€" Bartender (Season 1, Episode 5 "The Plague")
  • Relic Hunter (2000) - Quelch's Guard #2 (Season 2, Episode 4 "The Legend of the Lost")


External links

  • Lyriq Bent at the Internet Movie Database
  • Lyriq Bent official website

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