Two time Gemini award winning actor Clé Bennett takes on the role of R. Kelly in Lifetime’s Original Movie, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, premiering November 15, 8/7C. The movie is executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams.
A Toronto native of Jamaican descent, Clé Bennett is a Canadian television and film actor. Bennett is also a musician and plays predominantly jazz and soul music. The versatile actor is barely recognizable in the released trailers, appearing baldheaded, and hidden behind sunglasses, but his unmistakable commanding presence permeates on-screen.
Bennett’s credits range from the critically acclaimed Barney’s Version to ABC’s Rookie Blue, and CBS’s Flashpoint. Bennett has also been featured in the HBO series Sensitive Skin, and The Line, as well as a multitude of other appearances, including Arrow, Cracked, The Listener, Guns, Shattered, and Lost Girl.
The multi-talented actor has also earned a ReelWorld Film Festival Trailblazer Award and an ACTRA Award nomination for Outstanding Male Performance.
Upcoming projects include lead roles in the Brazilian feature film Zoom, from the producers of City Of God; and Borealis, in which Bennett co-stars alongside Kevin Pollak.
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Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on “Star Search” at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B.
On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history. Read more here