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Overview (2)

Born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, UK
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ben Daniels is a multi-award winning performer who is equally at home whether working in Film, Television or Theatre. He was born in the Midlands and became interested in acting through drama lessons while at comprehensive school. He began his career after leaving London's prestigious LAMDA drama school. His early work in theatres around the UK led to him being cast as Richard Loeb, one of the two Chicago "thrill killers" who murdered a nine-year-old boy in John Logan's factual play, "Never the Sinner", at London's Playhouse Theatre. His performance earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in that year's Laurence Olivier Awards and has led to a highly respected theatre career, notably "Martin Yesterday" by Canadian writer Brad Fraser for which he received a M.E.N. nomination for Best Actor, "As You Like It" (TMA Supporting Actor award nomination), "All My Sons" receiving an Olivier Award and a Whatsonstage Award for Supporting Actor and, most recently, starring opposite Academy Award nominee Laura Linney in the Broadway revival of Christopher Hampton's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", for which he received a Tony Nomination for Best Actor, A Theatre World Award for Breakthrough Broadway Performance, a Drama Desk nomination for Distinguished Performance and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Performance.

Ben's television breakthrough came playing philandering "Finn Bevan" in three seasons of the BAFTA-nominated BBC series Cutting It (2002). Other notable television work includes the late, great Frank Deasy's hard-hitting drama Real Men (2003) and the controversial The Passion (2008), playing "Caiaphas"; "Francis Walsingham" in The Virgin Queen (2005); HBO's Conspiracy (2001); Ian Fleming in Ian Fleming: Bondmaker (2005); the political thriller The State Within (2006) and, more recently, four seasons of the acclaimed ITV drama, Law & Order: UK (2009), as senior crown prosecutor "James Steel".

His diverse film work includes the religious fanatic "Goat" in Doom (2005); "Leopold the Tutor" in Daisy von Scherler Mayer's Madeline (1998); neo-hippy "Tony" in Beautiful Thing (1996); "DJ Bob" in Michael Winterbottom's I Want You (1998); "Augustin Robert", the soldier who falls in love with a leopard, in Passion in the Desert (1997), the sadistic "Danny" in Noli's disturbing Married/Unmarried (2001) and the upcoming _Luna (2011), written and directed by cult artist and graphic novelist Dave McKean.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Robert James

Trivia (4)

Trained at LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) (2001). Won Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "All My Sons".
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "All My Sons", at the Royal National Theatre, Cottesloe.
In the Independent on Sunday 2006 Pink List - a list of the most influential gay men and women - he came no. 47, down from no. 46.
He lives in South London.

Personal Quotes (5)

[on what show he would have liked to guest star in] Six Feet Under (2001) if it was still on, that was the best TV program of all time, or Deadwood (2004) or _"Carnivale" (2003), any of those HBO shows I just love, I think they are great.
The older I get, the more of a recluse I turn into. I love the social aspect of my work. It's like a commune and gets very intense and very sociable. Then when I am not working, I shut myself away, so I can see myself living up a mountain.
I saw David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980) when I was 15. I was completely bowled over. I found it so beautiful, strange and mesmerizing that I went back to the cinema every night for a week to see it.
[on playing troubled characters] I don't think of myself as being troubled as a human being, but I guess I'm quite extreme, quite big and quite loud, and maybe people pick up on that when they cast me. I'm certainly not the quiet reflective type.
I'm a great candidate for why arts funding shouldn't be cut, because I had no experience other than what was at school, I'm from a working-class town, there were no theaters, and the cinema closed when I was a kid.Anything that gave me a voice or a way to express myself I went running headlong toward.

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