Emmerdale actor Jay Benedict has died from 'Covid-19 complications'

By Anna O'Donoghue

Actor Jay Benedict has died due to complications arising from a Covid-19 infection.

The actor, who appeared in a range of films and TV shows such as Emmerdale and Batman, The Dark Knight Rises, died on Saturday aged 68.

A statement posted on his website said: "It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay's death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection."

Jeff Benedict
Jeff Benedict

Benedict played Newt's father in Alien sequel Aliens and starred in Emmerdale in 1997, playing businessman Doug Hamilton.

"He's probably best known today for his two appearances as John Kieffer - the US Army officer and friend of Christopher Foyle - in Foyle’s War, but in his varied career he has danced with the legendary Zizi Jeanmaire at Le Casino De Paris,” the post went on to say.

Adding: “He played almost every male role in The Rocky Horror Show in the early 1970s (given half a chance, he'd probably have had a crack at the female ones, too …) and has appeared frequently on stage in both straight drama and musical theatre."

When not in front of the camera, he and his wife, Phoebe Scholfield run Sync or Swim, providing post-production ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) services to the film and television industry.

Their most recent projects include Downton Abbey and Call The Midwife.