Benoît Brière's comic timing and onscreen charisma turned his career from a spokesperson into one of Canada's most sought-after actors. Born on June 20, 1965 in Longueuil, Québec, Canada, Brière graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1991. In the early 1990s, Brière became widely recognized as a spokesman for Bell Canada, earning the nickname "Mr. B" after appearing as different characters in popular television commercials for the phone company. Brière reportedly appeared in hundreds of Bell TV spots until his contract ended in the mid-2000s. He made his film debut in "Lignes de vie" (1992) before gaining more sizable parts, such as his first starring role in the comedy "Angelo, Fredo et Romeo" (1996) and receiving top-billing in the biographical miniseries "Cher Olivier" (TVA), where he portrayed the late Québecois comedian Olivier Guimond. Brière earned a 2004 Genie Award nomination for his role in "Seducing Dr. Lewis" ("Le grand séduction") (2003), about a tiny fishing village whose residents rely upon a young Montreal doctor to help boost their economy. Throughout his career, Brière worked with some of his country's top filmmakers, including Oscar-winning writer and director Denys Arcand, who directed the actor and an ensemble cast that included Diane Kruger and singer Rufus Wainwright in "The Age of Ignorance" (2007). Brière returned to his television roots in 2010 with a feature role on the crime drama series "Musée Eden" (Radio-Canada).