Rookie on the rise

October 11, 2012 -

Actor Lyriq Bent has portrayed Staff Sergeant Frank Best in the hit television police drama Rookie Blue since its debut on Global TV in 2010.

TV cop likes his basement best of all

He also stars in the soon-to-be released film Home Again. The film made its world premiere at TIFF earlier this month. In Rookie Blue, Bent’s character follows the rule book in 15 Division. His portrayal of Dunston in Home Again does quite the opposite. A few brushes with the law, causes U.S. authorities to deport him back to his native Jamaica where he has to make a new life for himself starting from step one.

Bent moved from Jamaica to Canada with his family when he was six-years-old. The self-described “loner” was into sports, studied graphic design at Seneca College and the thought of becoming an actor had never crossed his mind. “I graduated with high honours and freelanced for a year.” Then a co-worker suggested that he had a great presence and should study acting. He took on the challenge and started taking acting classes during his last year of college.

Bent has guest starred on numerous TV shows including CSI: Miami, Angela’s Eyes and Mutant X and film credits include Four Brothers, Take the Lead, Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV.

“To act is to live,” he says. “Each experience I have makes me a better actor.” Bent recently invited Star Spaces into his home.

Q: How would you describe your home in a few words?
A: Peaceful and inviting.

 

Q: Tell us about your home.
A: It is a 2,500 sq.-ft, two-storey townhouse bordering Mississauga and Brampton. The house was built about nine years ago. I renovated the basement into my own personal man cave. I’m known to swing a hammer now and then. I like the creative nature of renovating. I also like to do some gardening in the backyard when I have the time.

 

Q: What attracted you to this space?
A: The private and quiet location. When I first moved to the area, the house was the only thing out here. Now it’s a growing community.

 

Q: Who shares this home?
A: My family and I.

 

Q: What is your favourite room and why?
A: The basement. It is my space in the house to relax, watch sports on my flat screen TV, or prepare for a role. There is very little noise. I put on my mood light and the magic happens.

 

Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
A: Traditional with contemporary touches. I’m not really too fussy. I want people to think of my home as a place to relax, where you are welcome to sit wherever you like. The colours throughout the house are neutral browns, muted yellows and greens. The kitchen is white with light brown cabinets and stainless steel appliances. I like gadgets that make life smoother. The living room is laid back with comfortable couches. On one wall, there are African masks and framed pieces of textured cloth. Another wall is painted red for contrast. There is an electric picture frame on the hutch. It is a slide show of family images. Whereas the first floor of the home has a traditional layout, the basement has a contemporary feel. I used glass tiles in the bathroom and added modern sconces and a sink.

 

Q: What is your fondest memory in this home?
A: Bringing my newborn home.

 

Q: What’s the one item in this house you can’t live without?
A: Nothing.

 

Q: Weekends at home, what are we most likely to find you doing?
A: Cooking. I cook everyday. My favourite foods have a Caribbean flavour with lots of spices. Lately, I’ve been creating oxtail ravioli. My kids usually want sushi. I also play golf and volunteer as an assistant coach at a youth soccer team when time permits.

 

Q: If your walls could talk, what would they say?
A: My walls have permanent amnesia, truth be told, I’m the same within them as I am outside of them.

 

 

 

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