DAILY ECHO – ODDS have been slashed for Bournemouth-born and Dorset raised actor Ben Hardy to become the next James Bond.
According to bookmakers William Hill, the James Bond market has seen significant changes over the last week as fan anticipation grows, and the Eastenders and Bohemian Rhapsody star Hardy is now a likely contender.
Born in Bournemouth in 1991, Ben Hardy grew up in Sherborne and attended Sherborne Abbey Primary School and the Gryphon School. As a student at Gryphon, he found a love for acting after starring in a school film adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd.
He gained his big break in 2013 when it was announced he would join the cast of Eastenders as Peter Beale. He has since gone on to receive acclaim for his roles in successful films like X-Men: Apocalypse and in 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody – where he played Queen drummer Roger Taylor.
Following Daniel Craig’s departure from the James Bond series, William Hill prices Hardy at 25-1 to don the famous tuxedo next.
Speaking on the odds, a William Hill spokesperson said: “Although he may be lesser-known than some of the other names in the market, Ben Hardy is a good fit for the role, as he’s shown some serious diversity when switching between soaps and blockbuster films.”
The current frontrunner in the market is Man of Steel and The Witcher star Henry Cavill, who has seen his odds cut to 2-1 in the last week, followed by Bridgerton heartthrob Rege-Jean Page (11-4), and Luther legend Idris Elba (9-2).
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I’ve just added photos of Ben attending the pre-BAFTA Filmmakers Dinner and Party hosted by dunhill tonight in London. I’ve also added a portrait of Ben from the Vanity Fair x BAFTA EE Rising Star Portrait Session last week.
VANITY TEEN – Ben Hardy is a British actor whose career has been an exciting journey for him and the millions of fans he has around the globe. Among his most notable credits, we find him as Angel in the cult saga X-Men: Apocalypse, as the iconic Queen drummer Roger Taylor in the Academy Award-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, or even as Seb in the fan-favorite sexy thriller The Voyeurs.
But, as Ben Hardy describes himself, he is a person who prefers being in the moment and enjoying the now. So, given that HBO Max recently released the hit show The Girl Before, we had a conversation to talk about this captivating TV Mini-Series, his career, and why he has chosen to be a voice for those who need our help.
Therefore, we invite you to read this inspiring exclusive interview of Ben Hardy for Vanity Teen.
Being in the moment
VT: How did you get into acting and then go from theater to a popular TV show to cinema?
BH: I started acting when I was around 15 years old. I had always been more of a sports guy, but when I injured my leg playing rugby, I all of a sudden had a load of free time on my hands and wanted to try something new. In hindsight playing sport and acting aren’t all that different. They’re both about being in the moment and handling pressure situations.
I went to drama school at 18 and then spent the first two years of my career working in theater, something I’d love to go back to, but it wasn’t as if that was the plan – I was on the hunt for jobs across all three mediums it’s just the way it transpired that it happened in that order.
VT: You have been part of great projects like X-Men: Apocalypse, Bohemian Rhapsody, 6 Underground, and more, but what I like the most about your career is that even when people try to draw attention to you or the way you look, you try to focus on giving back to society. So, how did that passion for others start in you?
BH: It’s all false modesty, I assure you.
Wait, that was a joke. Or was it? (laughs).
I loosely remember reading that there is no drug on this planet that gives as intense a high as the feeling of being kind to and helping another human being. And I think it’s true.
I forget that a lot, so Thank you for reminding me. Sometimes we get so lost in ourselves and forget the bigger picture. I find it’s a happier way to live trying to be considerate of others. It’s all selfish, I assure you.
VT: Thinking about your previous answer, how was it like to promote a Fundraising for Shelter? Can we still collaborate with this cause?
BH: Absolutely! Please set up a regular donation! They are such a fantastic charity.
I think it’s far too easy and convenient to see someone on the street and assume they are there of their own making or be offended if they are intoxicated etc.
There are x amount of homes and x amount of people. We are all a few wrong turns from being homeless, really, but I’d rather embrace that fact and try to help those who have fallen on hard times rather than turn a blind eye or vilify the homeless to feel guilt-free.
Sexy, exciting, dark, and twisted
VT: Please, let us talk about your recent projects. The Girl Before is out now, and people are becoming obsessed with this TV show. So, what would you like to tell us about this series?
BH: I want to tell you that it is potentially the work I’m proudest of. And that it’s a sexy, exciting, dark, twisted thriller, and I hope audiences love it as much as we enjoyed making it.
VT: Another of your projects is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. So far, what can you share with us about it?
BH: I can tell you it’s a charming rom-com set around Christmas time and that I’m hoping it will be out in time for Xmas this year!
VT: Which other plans do you have for the future?
BH: I’m more of a moment-by-moment person. The future can be overwhelming. I just want to work on great scripts with great creatives. That’s the dream.
VT: How do you preserve your mental health?
BH: Exercise, meditation, Wim Hof Cold therapy. These are the three central cogs for me. Without those, I begin to fall apart.
VT: Picking up the conversation about your social commitment, what motivates you to stand up for minorities and promote diversity?
BH: I have a silly number of Instagram followers, and I just figured it surely would be a good thing to hand over my account to someone far more knowledgeable than I am on such matters to educate those who wished to listen, myself included.
But bear in mind, I just handed the keys to my account over to someone else. The work I did was very little.
VT: Which message would you like to share with those who want to get involved with social causes but might not know how to start?
BH: Oh, I feel under-qualified to answer that question. I’m an actor with a social media following who feels obliged to say something. I need to get more hands-on in my involvement with these causes too.
I’d say reach out to the charities involved and see how you can help! That’s what I need to do more.
VT: Anything else you would like to share with Vanity Teen?
BH: No, that’s it for now. I feel like I’ve overshared already.
Before we go
We have loved Ben Hardy for years, but after this interview, we have fallen for him even more because his honesty is captivating, and his will to do better motivates us to reach out and help others more.
If you have not yet streamed The Girl Before, it is a good time for you to do so, enjoy this hypnotic thriller, and catch up with Ben Hardy’s latest projects until The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is out around Christmas.
Finally, if we can learn a thing or two from Ben Hardy, let us remember to take care of our bodies, preserve our sanity and help others the best way we can.
Let us be kind!
Ben attended the Vanity Fair EE Rising Star Party ahead of the BAFTAs and I’ve added some photos from the event into the photo gallery!
… and a BBC interview/conversation I had forgotten to post in December!