Category: Photoshoots

2021 Dec 19

Ben Hardy and Gwilym Lee have that conversation they’ve never had before

Ben Hardy and Gwilym Lee have that conversation they’ve never had before

Even though Ben Hardy is one of British’s talented and charismatic established actors, he doesn’t take his accomplishments for granted. Since graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, the actor from Dorset has spent years crafting his resume with a carefully chosen collection of varied roles. He started his career on stage in two West End plays, before making a major impression in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders, and eventually taking on Hollywood. Ambitious, soft-spoken and polite, Ben Hardy seems as though he is constantly focused on looking ahead and reaching new levels of fulfillment.

Ben Hardy and Gwilym Lee may have been fellow band members in the 2018 award-winning Queen biopic, but their friendship went beyond the big screen. Ben sat down with his former co-star to break down his first steps in the acting industry and his variety of performances through the years, including his work on EastEnders, X-Men: Apocalypse and Bohemian Rhapsody. His next project, The Girl Before, a four-part series which premiered on BBC One and will land on HBO Max next year, inspired the actor to take on new challenges. For Gwilym, his friend hadn’t been as passionate about a job in a long time.

On meeting each other back in 2017…

GWILYM LEE: Hi Ben! Thanks for asking me to do this. I’m very honored that you chose me. I know some friends of ours that would be quite upset that you didn’t choose them

BEN HARDY: Hi Gwil! Perhaps, but you were the first person I thought of.

GL: Bless you. So, we first met in 2017 when we were about to start filming Bohemian Rhapsody. We’ve remained good friends since then, and I’m very excited at the prospect of this interview because often when we have conversations, you’re very charming and disarming. I’d be asking you lots of questions and you would say, “Enough about me, what about you?” You always deflect so I hope you are prepared for going deep today.

BH: It’s probably easier to ask questions and receive information, you’re less exposed.

GL: You’re a very good listener and attentive. I’m always impressed [because] not only do you listen, you remember stuff. It’s one of your greatest qualities.

BH: That’s very kind of you. I think I do it because once someone told me, “You never listen, man.” It was actually an older actor in a play I was doing.


GL: Because I’m taking this very seriously, I made notes. Let’s start with the most important question I think people really want to know. What was your first impression of me when I walked into that room back in 2017?

BH: I was expecting a Welsh man, based upon the name. The accent wasn’t what I expected.

GL: Do you want to explain that little insult to the readers?

BH: Gwil is Welsh but was raised in Sutton Coldfield, in Birmingham. So, he has a very, very, very subtle accent, but let’s face it, largely just RP.

GL: What you’re trying to say is that I’m a phony plastic Welsh man, right?

BH: Yes, basically.

On growing up in Dorset and first steps in acting…

GL: Tell me all about your childhood.

BH: I grew up in Dorset [where] there was very little knowledge of how to get into the acting industry, and I didn’t know what drama school was [until] I started doing amateur dramatics when I was 15. The first thing I did was West Side Story, I played Riff. Before that, I thought I was going to be a rugby legend.

GL: You wouldn’t have stood a chance, mate. Because I was quite a successful rugby player in my days, we’ve talked before about who would have won a contest on the pitch. Why did you pick drama? Why wasn’t it another hobby?

BH: I had broken my leg playing rugby, so I had a lot more time on my hands, that’s when I got into [acting]. There was also the fact that I was the only teenager and there was attractive girls at the drama club. But then, I’ve always been obsessive, almost too obsessive. We were doing the school play where I thought I was a method actor — my teacher was trying to talk to me, and I was like, “Ben isn’t my name!” [Laughs] I think at that age, you’re still figuring yourself out. If you like a certain identity, you’re going to try and play that identity.

Head over to the Grumpy Magazine website to read the full excerpt and to buy yourself a print copy of the issue!

2020 Dec 04

Aldo Kane Embarks on a Journey

Aldo Kane Embarks on a Journey

Aldo Kane is the sort of man you’d want to get lost with. The adventurer and explorer hasn’t just been around the block — he’s been around the world. Multiple times — often alone; with nothing but his wits and expertise to see him safe. Nepal. Greenland. South Sudan. Borneo. Throw a dart at a map, and it’s likely Kane has climbed, hiked or ventured wherever it lands.

As we said; the sort of person you’d want to get lost with. Which brings us to Canada Goose. Because, if Kane is the man you’d want to get lost with, Canada Goose is the brand you’d want to get lost with. Over the years, the winter clothing brand has neatly, stylishly and thermally protected people including polar researchers, Arctic pilots and extreme endurance athletes. If someone needs shielding from the elements, Canada Goose is zipped-up and on-hand to help.

But 2020 has proved a problem for the adventurous. People like Aldo Kane and brands like Canada Goose have been left locked-down and fed-up during a particularly challenging year.

But, never to be dissuaded, the two have teamed up for a unique journey across the wilds of Dartmoor. Staying close to home — but scratching that adventurous itch together — Kane and Canada Goose struck out across the countryside, scaling mountains, traversing the rugged terrain and canoeing across wild Britain together.

Rounding out the trio of adventurers, was Ben Hardy. The Bohemian Rhapsody star and keen marathon runner was more than ready for a rough, tough time exploring the wilderness. Hardy by both name and nature, the actor even trained in parkour for the Ryan Reynolds film Six Underground. But heights, as Kane and Hardy discovered abseiling down the craggy Foggin Tor, still proved a challenge.

“I’m always like this at a height,” says Hardy. “It takes me a second to calibrate. I’ve done it before with heights — but, with like filming and stuff, I would sometimes just get there and kneel down for a bit to acclimatise.”

But, equipped with his Canada Goose gear and Kane’s calm expertise, Hardy made his way safely and swiftly down Foggin Tor. It was perhaps the most challenging activity of the journey — but one of many organised by the adventurer to educate and broaden the horizons of the actors.

“I want to pass it on,” Kane explains of his skillset. “I want to pass on my knowledge and experience to Karla, Arney and Ben, and let them see first hand what it’s like to live in the open.”

You can read the full article by going to The Gentleman’s Journal website.

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Photoshoots > Advertisement Campaigns > #LiveInTheOpen with Aldo Kane and Canada Goose

2020 Nov 17

Ben Hardy + Company #LiveInTheOpen for Canada Goose

Ben Hardy + Company #LiveInTheOpen for Canada Goose

Before the pandemic hit, Ben explored the British countryside with Aldo Kane, Karla-Simone Spence, and Arnold Oceng for Canada Goose to #LiveInTheOpen and I’ve added some official photos, as well as screen captures from Instagram into the gallery. I’ve also attached the full video below!

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Photoshoots > Advertisement Campaigns > #LiveInTheOpen with Aldo Kane and Canada Goose
Screen Captures > Unsorted > Canada Goose | A Journey to Live in the Open
Screen Captures > Unsorted > Canada Goose | A Journey to Live in the Open – Ben Hardy

2020 Oct 13

“I’d never want to preach.” Ben Hardy on acting, allyship and activism

“I’d never want to preach.” Ben Hardy on acting, allyship and activism

Ben Hardy is one of Britain’s brightest young actors, graduating from EastEnders to star in the likes of X-Men, Bohemian Rhapsody, and the upcoming Pixie. He speaks about the allure of fame and sharing his Instagram with Black Lives Matter
It’s at 1.2M followers, I’m conceited enough to know that,” says Ben Hardy, his features and gentle Dorset inflection slightly softened over Zoom when we speak in late September.

This isn’t some sort of not-so-humble brag – we’re talking about Hardy’s Instagram, which is looking a bit different these days. He handed the reins over to Black Lives Matter for the past three months, who ran three different takeovers, including one by the African Rainbow Family , an organisation working for equality for LGBTIQ people of African heritage; and one by activist and model Adenike, who campaigns for both BLM and Extinction Rebellion.

The content – powerful black-and-white shots from the BLM protests in July; brightly coloured squares detailing the facts about the struggles faced by the black community – is a definite departure from his previous posts.

Before the takeover, there’s a shot of Hardy slurping a milkshake alongside the words: “Getting my Kelis on.” Other posts include group shots from movie premieres, posed images from photoshoots (complete with self-deprecating captions) and silly BTS photos from last years’ Oscars.

All in all, it makes for quite the contrast – and it’s safe to say you wouldn’t initially have come to Hardy’s Instagram page to broaden your horizons on racial issues.

Instead, the 29 year old is probably better known for his roles on screens big and small. He first made his way into national consciousness during his stint as Peter Beale on EastEnders. From there, his career has made a stratospheric leap. He went on to play Archangel in X Men: Apocalypse in 2016, and in 2018 took on the role of Roger Taylor in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The latter saw him earn a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, while the film was also nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Most recently he plays lead character Frank in new comedy thriller Pixie, out in October.

And he isn’t only known for his acting talents. He has a plethora of Instagram fan accounts including one with the handle @hardyhoe (10k followers), populated by candid shots and details of his comings and goings.

Head over to Square Mile Magazine to read the rest of the article!

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Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 018

2020 Aug 22

Gallery Update (8/22)

Gallery Update (8/22)

I have been hard at work the past few weeks tracking down more photoshoot outtakes, as well as a couple more older events, and more photos from a 2013 celebrity football match Ben played in. Head to the gallery and check out all the additions!

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Events > 2013 > Nov 10 | Nordoff Robbins vs. Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation Celebrity Match
Events > 2015 > Jun 7 | Lotus Formula 1 Team Canadian GP
Events > 2019 > Jan 20 | Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 – Dunhill London
Film Productions > 2016 | X-Men: Apocalypse > Posters
Film Productions > 2016 | X-Men: Apocalypse > On Set
Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 002
Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 003
Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 008
Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 012
Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 013
Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 017
Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 019
Photoshoots > Outtakes > Session 020