played by Jay Harrington
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Character Bio

Phil is Nina’s apathetic yet charmingly disheveled coworker. At one time he was the office’s star public defender, but has since distanced himself from his work after growing disillusioned with the system. He is now a self-medicated drinker and serial gambler with serious intimacy issues. Despite his ingrained nonchalance, Phil begins to strive back toward his original greatness with Nina’s help and encouragement—but is she just trying to turn him into a version of her picture-perfect ex? 

Jay Harrington stars as Nina’s (Eliza Coupe, “Happy Endings”) new colleague Phil, a tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler, in USA’s new comedy “Benched.”

Harrington is a proud graduate of Syracuse University’s theater program and spent several years on the stage in New York before moving to Los Angeles.

He is perhaps best known for his title role in the ABC comedy “Better Off Ted,” which ran for two seasons.  In addition to recurring roles on “Private Practice” and “Hot in Cleveland,” Harrington starred in “The Inside” and “Coupling.”   Other television credits include “Harry’s Law,” “Burn Notice,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Las Vegas,” “The Division,” “The Shield,” “Without a Trace” and the television movie “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy.”

Harrington’s film credits include “American Reunion,”  “Sunny Side Up” opposite Parker Posey, “True Love,” “Partners,” “Whatever It Takes” and “Anywhere but Here.”   Additionally he lent his voice to the animated feature “A Monster in Paris,” alongside Adam Goldberg and Catherine O’Hara.

He currently resides in Los Angeles and is an avid sports fan.