Place of Birth. Education. Born in the Nadvirnyansky district of the Ivano-Frankivsk region. Graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Kiev State Institute of Theater Arts.
Creative career. Benyuk began his acting career in 1975 in his second year at the institute: he played in the film by the famous director and actor Leonid Bykov “Aty-bats, soldiers were walking.” He got his first theatrical role in 1977.
1978-1980 worked at the Theater of the Young Spectator.
From 1980 to the present day – an actor of the Ivan Franko Kiev Academic Drama Theater, for a number of years – among the leading.
Among the theatrical roles of Benyuk – Kalitka (“One Hundred Thousand” by I. Karpenko-Kary), Shchiriy (“The Moment” by V. Vinnichenko), Begemot (“The Master and Margarita” by M. Bulgakov), Yurkovich (“Talan” by M. Staritsky), Tsakhes (“Little Tsakhes” by E. Hoffmann), Schweik (“The Adventures of the Gallant Soldier Schweik” by J. Hasek). He starred in about fifty films: “Aty-bats, soldiers were walking” (1976), “Women’s joys and sorrows” (1982), “Lady with a parrot” (1988), “Captain Crocus” (1991), “Hunger-33 “(1991),” Golden Chicken “(1993),” Chorna Rada “(2000), etc.
One of the most popular works is the rock opera “Belaya Vorona” (Theater of Russian Drama named after L. Ukrainka, 2006).
In 1989-1994. in parallel with playing in the theater, Benyuk worked as a senior lecturer at the capital’s Institute of Theater Arts named after Karpenko-Kary.
Bogdan Benyuk hosted several humorous TV programs – “The Lonely Bachelor Show” at the First National and “White Crow” at 1 + 1.
In 2000, together with theater producer and director Miroslav Grinishin and actor, colleague at the theater named after I. Franko Anatoly Khostikoev, he created the theater company “Benyuk and Khostikoev”.
Since February 2018, Professor Bogdan Benyuk has headed the Department of Acting and Drama Directing at Kiev National University. I. Karpenko-Kary.
Political activity. In the 2006 elections, he ran for People’s Deputies of Ukraine as part of the All-Ukrainian Association of Freedom (chairman – Oleg Tyagnibok) – a political force of the nationalist persuasion. The party was unable to overcome the passing barrier, gaining only 0.36% of the vote.
Under No. 4 of the same Svoboda, Benyuk went to early elections to the Verkhovna Rada in 2007. VO Svoboda promised to strive for the Ukrainian language, national symbols, Ukrainian folk customs and traditions, as well as heroism, honor, conscience, nobility, dignity, self-respect, honesty, freedom and justice, to become the main values of society. In particular, in national politics she advocated the legislative consolidation of relations between the “titular nation” – the Ukrainians – and national minorities, where the rights and obligations of the latter would be clearly defined. Again, she did not find the proper support of voters.
In the elections in the fall of 2012, Benyuk passed to the Verkhovna Rada of the VII convocation at number 2 in the list of the Svoboda party. He headed the subcommittee on migration policy, citizenship, status of foreigners and stateless persons, refugees and relations with Ukrainians living abroad, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations.
During an internet conference on the portal LIGA.net one of the visitors wrote to the actor: “If I had been told earlier that Benyuk is a nationalist, I would not have believed it. It’s a pity! What do you think, if Leonid Bykov was alive now, would he give you his hand?” To which Benyuk replied: “I’m also sorry that you just now learned that I’m a nationalist … As for whether Leonid Bykov would shake my hand or not, I’ll tell you this: Vladimir Ulyanov would definitely not shake it.”
On March 8, 2014, Benyuk, together with his comrades in the Svoboda party, including the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Igor Miroshnichenko, with the use of physical force, forced him to write a letter of dismissal of the head of the National Television Company of Ukraine, Oleksandr Panteleimonov. Benyuk is outraged by the display of the celebration in Russia for the return of Crimea. The actions of the VO Svoboda party members were condemned both by the public of Ukraine and by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk. More than thirty People’s and Honored Artists of Ukraine signed a letter in which they believe that it would be an honest act on the part of Benyuk if he asked to withdraw the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine.
On March 27, 2014, Benyuk was included in the list, published on the website of the Crimean Parliament, of those persons whose stay on the territory of the Crimean Peninsula is undesirable. Benyuk, commenting on the beating of Panteleimonov (March 31, 2014) and refused to resign.
From 2015 to 2023 – deputy Kiev City Council from IN Freedom…
Regalia. Honored Artist of Ukraine (1988). People’s Artist of Ukraine (1996). Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine. A. Dovzhenko (1998). Laureate National Prize of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko (2008).
Awards. Winner of the theatrical prize “Kiev Pectoral”: 1994 – for the role of Yurkevich in the play “Talan” by M. Staritsky, 2001 – for the role of Sobakevich in the play “Brother Chichikov” after N. Gogol.
By the decree of the President of Ukraine on August 24, 2017 he received the Order of Merit, 1st degree.
At the 7th International Theater Festival Academy of Performing Arts Awards v Beijing received an award for Best Actor (2017).
Family. The actor is married, he has two daughters and a son.
May 24, 2023