The Info List - Ben Chaplin

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Ben Chaplin (born Benedict John Greenwood; 31 July 1970)[1][2] is an English actor.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] 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.[3][4] 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 London
Transport Authority. Chaplin eventually began appearing in BBC dramas and various British films.[5] He took his stage name from his mother's maiden name.[6] Career[edit] In 1992, Chaplin appeared in his first major role, starring alongside James Purefoy
James Purefoy
and Jason Flemyng
Jason Flemyng
in "Bye Bye Baby" for Channel Four. James Ivory and Ismail Merchant
Ismail Merchant
cast him as a servant in The Remains of the Day,[5] 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 played opposite Sandra Bullock
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
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
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 Pocahontas
(Q'Orianka Kilcher) and 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.[7] Chaplin received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Performer in The Glass Menagerie, and a Tony Award
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
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
Emily Watson
in 2017. In 2017 he appeared in the premiere production of Consent at the Royal National Theatre, London.[8] Personal life[edit] Chaplin was in a long-term relationship with actress Megan Dodds.[9] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1993 The Remains of the Day Charlie, Head Footman

1995 Feast of July Con Wainwright

1996 The Truth About Cats & Dogs Brian

1997 Washington Square Morris Townsend

1998 The Thin Red Line Private Bell

2000 Lost Souls Peter Kelson

2001 Birthday Girl John

2002 Murder by Numbers Sam Kennedy

2002 The Touch Eric

2004 Stage Beauty George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

2005 Chromophobia Trent

2005 The New World Robinson

2006 Two Weeks Keith Bergman

2007 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Lewis Mowbray

2008 Me and Orson Welles George Coulouris

2009 Dorian Gray Basil Hallward

2010 London
Boulevard Billy Norton

2010 Ways to Live Forever Daniel MacQueen

2011 Twixt Poe

2014 War Book Gary

2015 Cinderella Ella's Father

2015 Little Boy Ben Eagle

2016 Snowden Robert Tibbo

2016 The Legend of Tarzan Captain Moulle

2017 The Children Act Kevin Henry


Year Title Role Notes

1990 Casualty Gareth Orell Episode: "A Reasonable Man"

1991 Soldier Soldier Fusilier Jago 2 episodes

1992 A Fatal Inversion Matthew Episode: "Episode One"

1992 Between the Lines Andy Spence Episode: "Private Enterprise"

1992 Performance Cyril Carter Episode: "After the Dance"

1993 Minder Conway Episode: "Conway"

1993 The Return of the Borrowers Ditchley 4 episodes

1994 Class Act Carlos Episode: "Episode 4"

1995 Game On Matthew 6 episodes

1995 Resort to Murder Joshua Penny Miniseries

2011–2012 Mad Dogs Alvo 5 episodes

2012 World Without End Sir Thomas Langley Miniseries

2013 Dates Stephen 3 episodes

2013 The Wipers Times Captain Frederick John Roberts Television film

2013 Doll & Em Ben Episode: "Six"

2013 Moonfleet Magistrate Mohune Miniseries

2014 The Secrets Philip Episode: "The Lie"

2015 The Book of Negroes Captain John Clarkson Miniseries

2015–2016 Mad Dogs Joel 10 episodes

2017 Apple Tree Yard Mr X / Mark Costley 4 episodes

2017 Urban Myths Cary Grant Episode: " Cary Grant
Cary Grant
and Timothy Leary"


^ "Today in History". San Diego Union. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2010.  ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England
& Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com ^ " Ben Chaplin Biography (1970–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2015-02-18.  ^ 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 2015-02-18.  ^ 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

External links[edit]

Ben Chaplin on IMDb Biography at NYtimes

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 117439552 LCCN: nr98028001 ISNI: 0000 0001 0938 925X GND: 142261246 SUDOC: 061437611 BNF: cb14163442w (da