It’s More Important To Be Excited Than It Is To Be Exciting
Ben is currently seen in Y: The Last Man an adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel. He stars as ‘Yorick Brown,’ the only male, aside from his pet Capuchin monkey, to survive after a mysterious apocalyptic event causes all living mammals with a Y chromosome to simultaneously die. The series airs via FX on Hulu.
He was last seen starring on Broadway in The Nap, a Daniel Sullivan-directed production at the Manhattan Theater Club. The play follows ‘Dylan Spokes,’ a young snooker player in a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing.
In 2016, Ben was seen in Andrew Neel’s Goat opposite Nick Jonas. Prior to that, he was seen in Golden Globe® nominated Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus alongside a cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Dominic West.
Additional credits include Sean Hanish’s Saint Judy opposite Michelle Monaghan; Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F Donovan, alongside Kit Harington, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton and Jared Keeso; Miranda de Pencier’s The Grizzlies; José Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe opposite Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan and Daniel Brühl; Bronwen Hughes’ Journey Is the Destination, opposite Maria Bello; Oliver Stone’s Snowden alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant; Duncan Jones’ Warcraft opposite Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga; Lone Scherfig’sThe Riot Club, an adaptation of Laura Wade’s West End play, Posh alongside an ensemble cast that includes Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox, Sam Reid, Matthew Beard, Olly Alexander, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Natalie Dormer and Holliday Granger; and Brian Percival’s The Book Thief, opposite Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse.
On television, Ben was seen on Jean-Jacques Annaud’s ten-part MGM series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, opposite Patrick Dempsey and Kristine Froseth. Based on the bestselling European novel by Joël Dicker, the series follows Harry Quebert (Dempsey), a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property.
First making his film debut in the indie drama Ben’s Plan, Ben played the lead role of “Ben Stephens,” a 14-year-old boy living in New York whose mother disappeared three weeks earlier while shopping for Christmas gifts. From there, he went on to appear as a series-regular on ABC’s Happy Town, a mystery thriller around the decade-long kidnappings that occurred in a small town in Minnesota.
Ben studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he appeared in numerous productions including Oedipus, As You Like It, Merrily We Roll Along and Widower’s Houses, among many other stage credits. He first began acting at age eleven when he played the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver.
“If you don’t feel lost, it probably means you’re in a place where you’ve already been before.”
“It’s more important to be excited than it is to be exciting.”
“Take your work seriously, not yourself seriously.”
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