Who is Bennett Arron?
Bennett Arron is an award-winning Welsh writer and stand-up comedian. In 1997 he was a finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards, alongside Peter Kay. He is a past winner of the BBC Wales New Writer's Award and the TAPS Comedy Writer of The Year Award.
Born in Port Talbot in South Wales Bennett moved to London to attend the drama school, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. It was there that he started writing and performing sketches. After leaving drama school he formed the sketch group 4-Ply. The group toured venues around the country and had a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Festival.
Since then Bennett has had a very successful career as a stand-up comedian and has written for several television programmes. In 2007, he wrote, directed and presented the documentary How Not To Lose Your Identity for Channel 4 which was based on his own experience of identity fraud and proved how easy a crime it easy to carry out by dumpster diving and social engineering. He even went as far as setting up a stall at a shopping centre, supposedly selling identity theft insurance, but in fact was scamming people into revealing all their identity information In the programme he stole the identity of the then Home Secretary, Charles Clarke and was subsequently arrested. The programme was critically acclaimed by the press and led to Bennett touring a show based on his experiences, as well as being commissioned to write a book.
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