Ben grew up in Bristol and after a stint with the National Youth Theatre; he graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 1997 with a first class honours degree and the Principles Prize for Musical Theatre.
He made his professional debut playing ‘Alan-A-Dale’ in ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD at the Watford Palace Theatre. Ben then went on to play ‘Roger The Cabin Boy’ alongside Barry Humphries in NEW EDNA, THE SPECTACLE, which after a short tour played at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End.
His other West Credits include ‘Eugene’ in GREASE at the Cambridge; ‘Victor Saville’ in OVER MY SHOULDER – THE JESSIE MATTHEW STORY at the Wyndhams (as well as Jermyn Street, Sonning and on tour!), and an ‘Inventor’ in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG! at the Palladium.
On tour Ben played ‘Lumiere’ in DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ‘Dan’ (and the alternate Joseph) in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, 'Glenn Miller' in BUGLE BOY, and ‘Teddy Shapiro’ in SOPHIE TUCKERS ONE NIGHT STAND.
Other London work includes ‘Noel Coward’ in NOEL AND GERTIE (The Cockpit) ‘Grover Emerson’ in G AND I – GOING INTO BATTLE WITH GERTRUDE LAWRENCE with Anita Harris and Brenda Longman at the New End Theatre Hampstead, ‘Cora’s Boy’ in ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (Savoy Theatre, Cardiff International Festival and BBC Radio 2), ‘Louis Lamanteur’ in GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Lost Musicals), 'Nespulos' in GAYS THE WORD (Jermyn Street), ‘Wilberforce’ in FOLLOW THAT GIRL (Theatre Museum), ‘PC Boot’ in SALAD DAYS (Greenwich), Ethel Merman's Pianist 'Goldie' in MERMAN'S APPRENTICE (Landor) and a tap-dancing ‘Al Capone’ in Ray Cooney’s musical TIME’S UP!
Ben has also worked in many regional theatres including ‘Cornelius Hackl in HELLO DOLLY, ‘Raymond’ in A CHORUS OF DISAPROVAL, ‘Shop Assistant’ and ‘Art Restorer’ in SINGLE SPIES and ‘Cecil Graham’ in LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN (Pitlochry), TOMFOOLERY and ‘Charley’ in CHARLEY’S AUNT (Frinton) ‘Kenneth’ in FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS (Sonning), ‘Royce’ in MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL (Edinburgh Fringe), ‘The Duck’ in ALICE IN WONDERLAND (West Yorkshire Playhouse), ‘Geoffrey’ in STEPPING OUT, ‘Morris’ in FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME (Oldham Coliseum), ‘Chantelle’ in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (English Theater, Frankfurt) and ANNIE (Perth).
Other visits to ‘panto-land’ include ‘Ugly Sister’ in CINDERELLA for QDOS alongside The Krankies and Stefan Dennis at the Wolverhampton Grand and Jimmy Osmond in Hastings, Lesley Joseph in High Wycombe, Billy Pearce, Lynda Bellingham and Brendan Sheerin in Bradford and Bradley Walsh in Dartford and roles in PUSS IN BOOTS (Oxford Playhouse) and CINDERELLA for the London Bubble at The Cochran.
Ben is a regular Music Hall performer and has appeared with the Players Theatre, Hiss and Boo and The Paper Mill Theatre Company in London and around the country.
An accomplished pianist, Ben regularly plays for concerts and cabarets accompanying both himself and other artistes at such venues as Jermyn Street, Pizza On The Park, on board the QE2, The Theatre Museum, The Canal Cafe.
As musical director Ben’s credits include Caroline Sheens debut album RAISE THE CURTAIN and Stephen De Martin’s album THE BOY NEXT DOOR (SimG Records), Ivor Novello’s GAYS THE WORD (Finborough, Jermyn Street and TER Records), DOROTHY SQUIRES; MRS ROGER MOORE (White Bear and Edinburgh), BABY and BYE BYE BIRDIE (Guildford School of Acting) DAVID BENSON'S CHRISTMAS PARTY (Salisbury Playhouse), OVER MY SHOULDER (West End, Sonning and Tour and TER Records), SALAD DAYS (Greenwich), HISS AND BOO (Tour), ZIPPERTYDOODAH! (Wimbledon Studio), THE GAME OF LOVE and CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC (QE2), IT’S OUR MUSICAL WORLD (Concordia), FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (Roundhouse) and MOTHER GOOSE (Chorleywood).
On Radio Ben has been a regular ‘Showbiz’ reporter for BBC Radio Bristol, sung on FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT and as part of a Sondheim Celebration for BBC Radio 4.
Ben is a proud member of Equity, The Concert Artistes Association (CAA), TACT, The Theatrical Guild and the Actors Benevolent Fund (ABF).