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.
THE BBC ONE SOAP OPERA EASTENDERS (2013-2015) LAUNCHED HIS ACTING CAREER, PLAYING PETER BEALE. IN 2016, HE HAD HIS FILM DEBUT IN X-MEN: APOCALYPSE AS “ANGEL” AND WENT ON TO APPEAR IN MORE FILMS WITH A NOTABLE ROLE AS ROGER TAYLOR, QUEEN’S DRUMMER IN BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HARDY HAS DEMONSTRATED HIS VERSATILITY AND PROWESS AS AN ACTOR WITHIN BOTH DRAMA AND SCI-FI SUPERHERO GENRES. HARDY’S CAREER, NOW APPROACHING ITS FIRST DECADE SINCE HIS FORAY INTO TELEVISION, IS NOT SLOWING DOWN.
IN MARCH 2021, HARDY LEARNED THAT HE BOOKED THE ROLE HE AUDITIONED FOR BACK IN DECEMBER 2020. “I HAD A ZOOM AUDITION IN DECEMBER THE YEAR BEFORE SO I THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF DEAD AND BURIED. I JUST FINISHED FILMING SOMETHING ELSE SO I WAS PREPARING TO LIVE OFF THE LOCKDOWN THEN THANKFULLY I HAD THE GIRL BEFORE COME IN.” FILMING FOR THE FOUR-PART BBC ONE/HBO MAX LIMITED SERIES THE GIRL BEFORE, BASED ON JP DELANEY’S BESTSELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER NOVEL OF THE SAME TITLE, REACHED ITS CONCLUSION IN JULY. SUMMER CAME ALONG, THEN THE FILM THE VOYEUR WITH SYDNEY SWEENEY PREMIERED ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO.
WHILE ON HIS PRESS ROUND, I HAD A CHAT WITH BEN ABOUT THE GIRL BEFORE, HIS DESIRE TO STAR IN ANOTHER ACTION SCI-FI FILM LIKE X-MEN, HIS PROCESS AS AN ACTOR AND WHAT HE HAS LEARNED ABOUT HIMSELF DURING THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC. “I SUPPOSE, I LEARNED THAT I LOVE PEOPLE. I WAS AND STILL AM AN INTROVERTED GUY. I DEFINITELY SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON MY OWN TO RECHARGE BUT HAVING BEEN FORCED TO SPEND ALL MY TIME ON MY OWN, I REALIZED THAT BEING AROUND OTHERS AND SOCIALIZING WITH OTHERS.”
Hi Ben, how are you?
I’m good. Thanks man
Are you in London?
Yes I am.
It is cold here back in New York.
Same here, It’s cold and crisp like autumn.
What are you busy with right now?
I’ve got this BBC/ HBO Max four part series called The Girl Before that comes out this December [in the UK], February 10 on HBO Max. We wrapped on that and I’m excited to see what people think of it and it’s something that I’m proud of.
I did like a little bit of research about you and I think it’s your return to TV and you haven’t done it since 2015. Is that correct?
Yeah you’re right it didn’t even cross my mind.
Head over to the A Book Of website to read the rest of the interview!
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!
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CANADA GOOSE, THE EXTREME ADVENTURER AND MOUNTAINEER EXPLORES DARTMOOR WITH THREE YOUNG ACTORS
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.
ALDO KANE IS THE SORT OF MAN YOU’D WANT TO GET LOST WITH…
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.
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!
• 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