Birth name: Ben Jones
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Green
Birth date: January 2, 1991
Birthplace: Bournemouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Hometown: Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Years active: 2012-present
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Ben Hardy was born Ben Jones on January 2, 1991 to his parents in Bournemouth, Dorset, England in the United Kingdom. He grew up in Sherborne, a small market town in Southwest England. While in Sherborne, Hardy attended Sherborne Abbey Primary School, then attended Gryphon School. Growing up, he aspired to be a sports personality before finding his love for acting while attending Gryphon School. While at the Gryphon School, Hardy starred in a student film Far from the Madding Crowd as Sergeant Francis Troy. He continued on to the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting in 2012. While at the Central School, Hardy performed in the student production of “City of Angels” in 2012, in which he played Stine, a writer trying to turn his novel into a screenplay. A review of the play stated he was excellent as the troubled writer with a magnificent singing voice.
In 2012, he played Arthur Wellesley in the revival of David Hare’s play The Judas Kiss, which also featured Rupert Everett. The production was supposed to be a limited run at the Hampstead Theatre, but led to a small tour before landing at West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre in January 2013. In April 2013, Hardy landed the role of Peter Beale on BBC’s soap EastEnders, taking over for Thomas Law. After his stint on the series, he landed the role of Angel in the next installment of the X-Men franchise.
In 2016, he made his film debut as Archangel in X-Men: Apocalypse, starring James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Oscar Isaac. Not long after, he was cast alongside Elle Fanning in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s period romance film Mary Shelley as writer Dr. John William Polidori, which was released in 2017. That same year, he co-starred alongside Josh Brolin, Taylor Kitsch, and Miles Teller in Only The Brave playing Wade Parker, a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighters.
In early 2018, Hardy landed the lead role in a BBC Mini-Series The Woman in White, starring as Walter Hartright. That fall, he portrayed the legendary Queen drummer Roger Taylor in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The film won Best Picture at the 2019 Golden Globes, Best Ensemble at the 2019 AARP Movies for Grownups Awards, as well as Oscars for Best Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, among countless other awards including Rami Malek sweeping each awards for Best Actor for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury. The Michael Bay-directed film 6 Underground was released on Netflix in December 2019, co-starring Ryan Reynolds, where Hardy played Four, a parkour expert.
In 2020, he filmed The Voyeurs, a thriller co-starring Justice Smith and Sydney Sweeney, where he plays Seb. Hardy also filmed the comedy-thriller Pixie playing Frank, also starring Olivia Cooke and Alec Baldwin. He will star alongside Tim Roth in Recovery, which is currently in pre-production.