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Ben Barnes

Biography

British actor who became known for portraying Prince Caspian in two Chronicles of Narnia films. He also starred within the films THE BEST Wedding ceremony, WHAT, and Stardust. He transferred to Television upon landing a big function in HBO’s Westworld. He graduated university with a level in English books and play. He went to King’s College College in Wimbledon, London, with comedian Tom Basden. He previously one of is own starring assignments in this year’s 2009 film, Dorian Grey. He provides one brother called Jack port Barnes. His mom Tricia worked being a romantic relationship therapist and emigrated from South Africa. He starred alongside Robert De Niro within the 2013 film, THE BEST Wedding ceremony.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ben Barnes
Date Of Birth August 20, 1981
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.85 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Kingston University, King's College School
Nationality British
Parents Tricia Barnes, Thomas Barnes
Siblings Jack Barnes
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Male, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Male
Movies The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Seventh Son, Dorian Gray, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Jackie & Ryan, The Big Wedding, Easy Virtue, Killing Bono, Stardust, The Words, By the Gun, Bigga than Ben, Locked In, Gerrymandering
TV Shows Sons of Liberty, Westworld, The Punisher, The Big Wedding: Extras
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1Ben is a third cousin, twice removed, of Henry Kissinger, who served as United States National Security Advisor and United States Secretary of State. Ben's maternal grandfather, Emil Becker, and Henry Kissinger, were third cousins. Henry Kissinger's great-great-grandfather, Meyer Loeb Kissinger, was Ben's great-great-great-great-grandfather. Ben and Henry are each descended from a different wife of Meyer's, Ben from Meyer's first wife and Henry from Meyer's second wife (his wives, Marianne David-Stahl and Schoenlein David-Stahl, were sisters).
2Was one of two finalists for the role of "Aro Volturi" in the Twilight movies.
3Good friends with "Narnia" co-star, Will Poulter.
4Was one of the four finalists for the role of "Edward Cullen" in Twilight (2008).
5Tried to purchase the picture of himself used in Dorian Gray (to give to his mother), but the painting was not available for sale and is now in a museum.
6Supports Make-a-Wish Foundation.
7He is widely known as Bin Bons on the Internet.
8Wore hair extensions for the role of Prince Caspian.
9His father is a psychiatrist and his mother is a therapist. Ben's father is of English background. Ben's mother, who was born in South Africa, is of Jewish heritage. Ben's maternal grandfather, Emil Becker, was from Germany, and Ben's maternal grandmother, Cornelia Havelaar, was from the Netherlands.
10Favourite movie is This Is Spinal Tap (1984) .
11Because England had not qualified for Euro 2008 (football), Ben supported the Dutch. Ben's maternal grandmother was born in the Netherlands.
12Said that he based his Prince Caspian accent on that of Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride (1987) because the night before auditions, he was sorting through his DVD collection trying to find something to help him.
13Appeared in The Kooks' music clip for "The Sofa Song".
14He has a younger brother named Jack.
15He can also sing, play drums and piano.
16His parents influenced him to go to university first before heading off to become a serious actor.
17Was in the short lived boy band Hyrise; his band performed their song, "Leading Me On" in 2004 for Eurovision Song Contest.
18Is one of a number of actors to be photographed by Claire Newman-Williams, including Alison Doody, Thomas Longley, and Adam Garcia.
19Graduated with a degree in English and Drama from Kingston University in 2004.
20Member of the National Youth Music Theatre 1997-2003.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Punisher2017TV Series filmingBilly Russo
Westworld2016TV SeriesLogan
Michael Raymond-James for BulliesKeepOut.com2015Video short
Sons of Liberty2015TV Mini-SeriesSam Adams
Exposed2015TV MovieStoya
Seventh Son2014/ITom Ward
By the Gun2014Nick Tortano
Jackie & Ryan2014Ryan
The Big Wedding2013Alejandro
The Words2012Young Man
The Secret Islands: Untold Adventures of the Dawn Treaderr2012ShortNarrator (voice)
Good Vs. Evil: Battle on the Sea2011Video short
Killing Bono2011Neil McCormick
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader2010Caspian
Locked In2010/IJosh
Dorian Gray2009Dorian Gray
Easy Virtue2008John Whittaker
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian2008Video GamePrince Caspian (voice)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian2008Prince Caspian
Bigga Than Ben2008Cobakka
Stardust2007Young Dunstan Thorn
Split Decision2006TV MovieChris Wilbur
Doctors2006TV SeriesCraig Unwin

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jackie & Ryan2014performer: "Georgia Crawl", "Last Kind Words Blues", "Dance All Night With A Bottle In Your Hand", "Sitting On Top Of The World", "Pick Poor Robin Clean", "Southbound", "900 Miles", "Down On Penny's Farm", "Birds Fly", "As The Road Goes"
The Words2012performer: "La Marseillaise"
Killing Bono2011performer: "Do Anything You Wanna Do" written by nm4663486 & nm4058486, "Some Kind Of Lovin" written by nm2727913, nm0566585 & nm4823689, "Cry Baby" written by nm4823689, "Where We Want To Be" written by nm4823689, "Kicking Off Again" written by nm4823689, "Sleepwalking" written by nm2727913, nm0566585 & nm4823689, "Better Way" written by nm4823689, "On My Own" written by nm4823689, "Love Never Dies" written by Barbara J. Hunt, "Play Dead" written by nm4823689
Easy Virtue2008performer: "When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Get Going"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2013-2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2015TV SeriesHimself
Choreography of War: Creating the Battles and Special Effects of Sons of Liberty2015Video shortHimself
Lensing Liberty: The Making of Sons of Liberty2015Video shortHimself
Men of Independence: The Historical Figures of Sons of Liberty2015Video shortHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2015TV SeriesHimself
BELLOmag Presents: A Conversation with Ben Barnes2015TV MovieHimself - Guest
Janela Indiscreta2015TV SeriesHimself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself
BAFTA Britannia Awards Special 20142014TV SpecialHimself - presenter
Comic-Con All Access 20132013TV MovieHimself
Reel Junkie2012TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2012TV SeriesHimself
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - The Epic Continues2011Video shortHimself
Fern2011TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Troldspejlet2010TV SeriesHimself - Actor / King Caspian
Días de cine2010TV SeriesHimself
Inside Narnia: The Adventure Returns2008Video documentaryHimself
The Chronicles of Narnia:: Big Movie Comes to a Small Town2008Video shortHimself
The Chronicles of Narnia: Big Movie Comes to a Small Town2008Video shortHimself
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: Sets of Narnia: A Classic Comes to Life.2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian T4 Movie Special2008TV MovieHimself
ITV Premiere Special: The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian2008TV MovieHimself
9am with David & Kim2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sunrise2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Total Request Live2008TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2008TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2008TV SeriesHimself
The Sauce2008TV SeriesHimself
Empire Movie Awards 20082008TV SpecialHimself
Making Your Mind Up2004TV Movie
Liquid News2004TV SeriesHimself
S Club TV2000TV SeriesHimself - Presenter

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWestworld (2016)· Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
· Ed Harris
· Luke Hemsworth
· Anthony Hopkins
· Sidse Babett Knudsen
· James Marsden
· Leonardo Nam
· Thandie Newton
· Talulah Riley
· Rodrigo Santoro
· Angela Sarafyan
· Jimmi Simpson
· Ptolemy Slocum
· Evan Rachel Wood
· Shannon Woodward
· Jeffrey Wright
2011National Movie AwardNational Movie Awards, UKPerformance of the YearThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
2009MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough Performance MaleThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
2008National Movie AwardNational Movie Awards, UKBest Performance - MaleThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
2008Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Breakout MaleThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)


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#Quote
1[on religion]: I didn't really have much of that growing up. My mum was raised Jewish, my dad is very scientifically minded, and my school was vaguely Christian. We sang hymns in school. I liked the hymns bit, but apart from that, I can take it or leave it. So I had lots of different influences when I was younger.
2I don't wear underpants in bed. They are really uncomfortable. I don't wear anything in bed. I like girls to wear the same as me. His 'n' hers matching invisible outfits. But I think I am a gentleman in bed.
3[About whether or not he based his accent for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) on Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride (1987) ] You know what, when I got the audition sides, it said on the bottom, "Please prepare with a Spanish accent," and I went and rummaged in my DVD collection and went, "I gotta have something with Antonio Banderas in it, surely!" I started watching Desperado - he doesn't talk! He just looks moody. And I was like, "Ah, man, this isn't gonna do," so I found, I suddenly thought, "Princess Bride! Inigo Montoya. 'You killed my father, prepare to die.'" And then, I get on set and I've got my first scene with Miraz, my uncle, and I've got my sword at his throat and it's "Why did you kill my father?" and I'm thinking, "This sounds familiar..."
4(when asked if he has Googled himself) Have I Googled myself? Yeah, well, a little while ago. I don't like it; I don't like the Internet. No. It's not a healthy place to go if you're in the public eye. Because there's too many people who have too many opinions about you, and about your acting. And, you know, everyone wants to be a critic. I just don't really approve of it. I've never been on the Internet saying what I think of somebody else's performance in something. [How do you deal with that?] Well, you have to ignore the really over the top good stuff and you have to ignore the really over the top bad stuff. And kind of be confident in the fact that you know it's probably somewhere in the middle. And that's sort of what I'm trying to do at the moment.
5(On his reaction to the The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) posters) I don't know. It's a combination thing. Mostly it's just weird. Mostly it's just surreal. I mean you walk, you know, you drive down Sunset Boulevard and there you are, you know, fifteen stories high. And it is surreal. And it's a little bit ... it's embarrassing. But it's flattering at the same time. You know, a big part of you thinks it's really cool and then another part of me worries that, you know, this is kind of an ensemble film why is there not, why haven't they got a busy poster like they had for the last one? You know, it's starting to feel like pressure to be this kind of action hero, which is not the character at all. But, you know, it's great and it's scary.
6(About the wardrobe in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)) I felt awkward when they first gave me the shirt and it had like flowers on it. And I was like, "Really? Flowers? Flowers on the shirt?" But then when they gave me - when they showed me, "Yeah, but later on you get the big armor with the lion on it". I was like, "Okay. Cool. Trade."
7(on being recognized) Not on a regular basis. You'd be surprised how people don't put two and two together. I was on a plane from New York to L.A. and the only movie that was playing was 'Stardust'. And the first 10 minutes of that movie is pretty much just me. I was thinking, "Oh no, this is embarrassing, everyone's going to be looking at me." And ... nothing! Nothing ... so maybe no one will recognize me in 'Caspian' either.
8My favorite one to eat pizza with is Anna [Popplewell]. My favorite one to go to the gym with is William [Moseley]. My favorite one to mock and be mocked by is Skandar [Keynes] and my favorite one to hug is Georgie [Henley].
9I played a rock star alien. I even made my own guitar -- out of cardboard. It was spectacular, if I may say so myself. (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, May 13, 2008)
10The audition was to play a Los Angeles lifeguard. So I turn up, pasty, skinny, off the plane, black shirt. I walk in, there's like ten guys in there, blonde, tanned, enormous. And I kid you not, one of them had his pant leg rolled up and was going, "Dude, I just don't know how to get the definition in my calves. I can't do it." And I thought, I'm in the wrong place (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #16.89 (2008)).
11Obviously, you wouldn't be human if you didn't get a disposable camera and try and get a picture of yourself by your own movie billboard (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #16.89 (2008)).
12I got involved [in "Caspian"] very late, very late, literally a couple of weeks before they had to start shooting. I think they were desperate, at this point. 'Whoever walks in the door next, THAT'S the guy.' And it was me. (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, May 13, 2008)

#Trademark
1Dark brown eyes
2Usually stars in period movies or fantasy films

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