Stephen "Steve" Bent was born in 1952 on the Isle of Man and trained as an actor, making his stage debut in the early 1970s. One of his first breaks on TV was in Crossroads and, following in the footsteps of other actors on the show, made a spin-off record which was issued on the ATV-owned label.

He played three roles in Coronation Street:

Other TV and film credits include appearances in Z Cars, Angels, Couples, The Sweeney, The Liver Birds, The Professionals, Bergerac, Minder, Tales of the Unexpected, Lovejoy, Brush Strokes, Casualty, Touching Evil, Mean Machine, Ali G Indahouse, The Royal, Wire in the Blood, Life on Mars, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Doctors and Lip Service.

He was also a contestant on New Faces in 1976