Ben Chaplin (born Benedict John Greenwood; 31 July 1970) is an
1 Early life
3 Personal life
6 External links
Ben Chaplin was born Benedict John Greenwood on 31 July 1970 in
Windsor, Berkshire, England, the son of Cynthia (née Chaplin), a
teacher, and Peter Greenwood, a civil engineer. He has two sisters,
Sarah and Rachel, and one brother, Justin. Chaplin became
interested in acting as a teenager when he appeared in a school play.
Chaplin attended the Princess Margaret Royal Free School and, at the
age of 17, enrolled at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Guildhall School of Music and Drama in
London. He pursued his early acting career between odd jobs, working
various clerical jobs and as a statistician for the
Authority. Chaplin eventually began appearing in BBC dramas and
various British films. He took his stage name from his mother's
In 1992, Chaplin appeared in his first major role, starring alongside
James Purefoy and
Jason Flemyng in "Bye Bye Baby" for Channel Four.
James Ivory and
Ismail Merchant cast him as a servant in The Remains
of the Day, and as the socially inept Con Wainwright in Feast of
July (1995). Chaplin received positive reviews as Tom Wingfield in Sam
Mendes' stage production of
The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie (1995) in London, and
played the lead in the first series of the British sitcom, Game On
(BBC2, 1995). In the United States, Chaplin was cast by director
Michael Lehmann as a photographer caught between two women (Uma
Thurman and Janeane Garofalo) in The Truth About Cats & Dogs
(1996), a retelling of "Cyrano de Bergerac".
Chaplin next played fortune-hunting Morris Townsend in a retelling of
Washington Square (1997), co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film
received positive reviews but was a box office failure. Chaplin next
played Private Bell in Terrence Malick's remake of The Thin Red Line
(1998). Meanwhile, after numerous delays, Lost Souls (2000) - which
was filmed in 1998 - was finally released.
Chaplin appeared as a low-level bank clerk who purchases a Russian
mail-order bride (Nicole Kidman) in
Birthday Girl (2001). He next
Sandra Bullock as her relatively inexperienced partner
in an investigation into a series of killings in Murder by Numbers
(2002). After co-starring opposite
Michelle Yeoh in the Taiwan-made
action film The Touch (2002), Chaplin played George Villiers, 2nd Duke
of Buckingham in the romantic drama,
Stage Beauty (2004), set in the
world of British theatre in the 1660s. Chaplin next had a supporting
role in Chromophobia (2005), a dark thriller about a bourgeois family
coming apart at the seams that also starred Penélope Cruz, Ralph
Fiennes and Ian Holm. He had a small role in The New World (2005),
Terrence Malick's film about the affair between
Captain John Smith
Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell). In the comedic drama
Two Weeks (2006), Chaplin was one of four siblings who return home to
say goodbye to their ailing mother (Sally Field). Following a
supporting role in the children's fantasy The Water Horse: Legend of
the Deep (2007), Chaplin portrayed prominent English stage and film
actor, George Coulouris, in
Me and Orson Welles
Me and Orson Welles (2009), directed by
indie filmmaker Richard Linklater.
Chaplin received an
Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting
Performer in The Glass Menagerie, and a
Tony Award nomination for Best
Featured Actor in The Retreat from Moscow. Recent theatre appearances
include This Is How It Goes at the
Donmar Warehouse in 2005, The
Reporter at the National Theatre in 2007 and Farewell to the Theatre
at the Hampstead Theatre in 2012. He appeared in Dates on Channel 4 in
2013, and recent film roles include the role of Cinderella's father in
Cinderella. He starred in
Apple Tree Yard
Apple Tree Yard with
Emily Watson in 2017.
In 2017 he appeared in the premiere production of Consent at the Royal
National Theatre, London.
Chaplin was in a long-term relationship with actress Megan Dodds.
The Remains of the Day
Charlie, Head Footman
Feast of July
The Truth About Cats & Dogs
The Thin Red Line
Murder by Numbers
George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
The New World
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Me and Orson Welles
Ways to Live Forever
The Legend of Tarzan
The Children Act
Episode: "A Reasonable Man"
A Fatal Inversion
Episode: "Episode One"
Between the Lines
Episode: "Private Enterprise"
Episode: "After the Dance"
The Return of the Borrowers
Episode: "Episode 4"
Resort to Murder
World Without End
Sir Thomas Langley
The Wipers Times
Captain Frederick John Roberts
Doll & Em
Episode: "The Lie"
The Book of Negroes
Captain John Clarkson
Apple Tree Yard
Mr X / Mark Costley
Cary Grant and Timothy Leary"
^ "Today in History". San Diego Union. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 14
^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of
England & Wales,
1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
Ben Chaplin Biography (1970–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved
^ Wallace, Debra L (3 March 2002). "Question Time: Interview – Ben
Chaplin: Britain's sexiest export". Sunday Mirror.
^ a b "The truth about Ben: Unleashing charm on and off screen,
Chaplin ponders big-time film fame". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved
^ Britain gets back a national asset
^ http://www.starpulse.com/Actors/Chaplin,_Ben/Biography/ Archived 21
June 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
^ "Consent". National Theatre. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
Ben Chaplin Interview Archived 26 October 2012 at the Wayback
Machine. 11 September 2009
Ben Chaplin on IMDb
Biography at NYtimes
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