Pride and Prej­u­dice star Ben­jamin Whitrow

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Ben­jamin Whitrow, the ac­tor best known for play­ing Mr Ben­net in An­drew Davies’ 1995 adap­ta­tion of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prej­u­dice, has died at the age of 80.

The six-part series made an in­ter­na­tional star of Colin Firth and won a host of awards.

Both Firth, who played Mr Darcy, and Whitrow were nom­i­nated in the best ac­tor cat­e­gory of the Baftas for their per­for­mances but lost out to Rob­bie Coltrane, who won for Cracker.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Pride and Prej­u­dice, Whitrow con­tin­ued to work in tele­vi­sion and also voiced the char­ac­ter Fowler in the 2000 an­i­mated film Chicken Run.

He also ap­peared in the movies Quadrophe­nia and Clock­wise, which starred John Cleese.

Equally at home on stage, Lau­rence Olivier once said he had “never given a bad per­for­mance”.

His other no­table TV ap­pear­ances in­clude roles in The New States­man along­side Rik May­all and as Arch­bishop Warham in Wolf Hall.

He at­tended the Royal Academy of Dra­matic Art and joined the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany in 1981.

He is sur­vived by his wife Cather­ine and three chil­dren.

Whitrow played Mr Ben­net.

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