Bennett Arron is an award-winning Writer, Comedian, Author and TV Presenter.
Several years ago, Bennett Arron was in serious debt. He owed thousands of pounds to phone companies, banks and department stores. Only it wasn’t him. Bennett was the first major victim of Identity Theft in the UK. The crime left him penniless and homeless.
Years later, Bennett wrote, directed and presented the Channel 4 Documentary How To Steal An Identity in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. The Documentary was described as ‘Fascinating and Disturbing’ and was ‘Pick of The Week’ in all the major press. Bennett was subsequently shortlisted for a BAFTA – and taken in for ‘questioning’ by Scotland Yard! As a result of the programme, the Driving Licence Application Form had to be changed. The programme can be viewed here.
Bennett Arron now tours the world telling his disturbingly true yet funny account of what it’s like to have your identity stolen and revealing the devastating consequences of making a documentary ‘in the public interest’. He was the Guest Speaker at the International Fraud Convention in Italy, the International Congress on Anti-Fraud in Poland, the Security Forum in South Africa and he was the opening keynote speaker at AUScert, Brisbane in front of 2000 delegates.
Bennett speaks to companies and institutions on the subject of Identity Theft, Fraud and GDPR (satisfying compliance requirements). Bennett explains how the repercussions from clerical, computerised or face-to-face errors can be devastating for both clients and companies. He shows real-case examples of how phishing, cold-calling and investment scams have cost people hundreds of thousands of pounds and how he himself has tricked people on social media into handing over information.
In addition to being a speaker on the serious topic of identity theft, Bennett is also a Comedian and has written and performed in two radio series, Bennett Arron is Jewelsh, and Bennett Arron Worries About… both of which were nominated for a Celtic Media Award. He has also starred in the Radio 4 Series ALONE. Bennett has performed all around the UK as well as entertaining audiences in Italy, Australia, Germany, Poland, South Africa and Hong Kong.
Bennett Arron presented the BBC documentary The Kosher Comedian in which he traced his family’s roots from Lithuania to South Wales. He also directed and presented the Channel 4 documentary How To Steal An Identity in which he stole the identity of the Home Secretary. The programme was Pick of the Day in The Guardian and The Telegraph, described as “Fascinating and Disturbing” by the TV Times, and Bennett was short-listed for a BAFTA.
His other television and radio credits include; Loose Ends, Not Tonight With John Sergeant, Glee Time (in which he hosted a series of six stand-up comedy shows), Never Write Off The Germans (a panel show for Radio 2) and he was a Presenter on Big Brother’s Little Brother for Channel 4.
He has written for many comedy programmes, including Hit The Road Jack, Off Their Rockers and the BAFTA winning V Graham Norton. He also wrote over 30 episodes of Genie in The House, the highest-rated children’s sitcom on Nickelodeon and was one of the main writers of the BAFTA winning Slammer for the BBC.
Bennett has written two books: the memoir Heard The One About Identity Theft? and the romantic comedy novel The Girl From The Discotheque.
Bennett Arron is a past winner of both the TAPS Comedy Writer of the Year Award and the BBC New Writer’s Award, and is a past finalist of the BBC New Comedy Awards. However his proudest moment was coming third in an International Disco Dancing Championship in Tenerife.
Bennett is also available for after dinner speaking and as a host for awards ceremonies.
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