'Sherlock' Actor Jailed For False Claims Of £72,000 In Benefits

The Welshman has also appeared in 'Casualty' and 'Torchwood'.

An actor who has appeared in a string of BBC hit shows, including ‘Sherlock’, ‘Casualty’ and ‘Torchwood’ has been jailed for fraudulently claiming £72,000 in benefits.

John Lewis, from Barry in South Wales was jailed for 20 weeks, in sentence for receiving disability allowance, income support and pension credit over the past eight years.

As well as being a BBC regular, he also appeared in ‘The Cafe’ for Sky, where he was spotted on screen “walking or skipping across the road”.

Despite his regular employment, Lewis had claimed he was unfit for work. Outside Cardiff Crown Court, he told reporters he had “behaved like an idiot”.

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