Ben Hardy: biography
English actor Ben Hardy is famous for his role as the drummer of the rock band Queen in the Oscar-winning biographical drama Bohemian Rhapsody. He dreamed of becoming an athlete or an engineer during his school years, but fate had other plans. Now he is happy to work in the film industry and delight his fans around the world.
Childhood and youth
Ben Hardy (his surname at birth is Jones) was born on January 2, 1991, in the resort town of Bournemouth in the English county of Dorset. His family had nothing to do with art; his father worked at an insurance company, and his mother was a housewife. When his parents divorced, Ben and the mother moved to his grandmother in the small town of Sherborne, along with his younger brother and sister.
Although Ben was interested in the theatre at school, he gave more preference to sports and the exact sciences. He played rugby professionally, but due to injuries, he had to quit sports when the young man turned 15 years old. At the same time, Hardy attended a local drama club with his friend and gradually became interested in the acting profession.
As a high school student, the young man played the role of Sergeant Francis Troy in the amateur film adaptation of the novel “Far from the Madding Crowd” by English writer Thomas Hardy.
The film was directed by Ben’s teacher Ms. Clark, who did not have any filmmaking experience. The woman shot her debut film with a single camera and invited the students to play in it.
The novice actor admitted in one of his first interviews that at first, he thought it was a joke. Despite this, he agreed to the proposal and did not regret it because participation in the school project helped Hardy to link his life with an acting career. This experience inspired the young man who entered The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, which he graduated with honors and received a bachelor's degree.
Ben Hardy began his professional acting career in 2012 with a role in the play The Judas Kiss by English playwright David Hare. His colleague on the stage was the famous stage and screen actor, Rupert Everett.
For two months, the production was successfully staged at the Hampstead Theater in London, and then the young lead actors went on a short tour around the UK. Theatrical critics and viewers spoke positively about the performance, and the appearance of naked Hardy played a significant role in it.
In 2013, Ben was cast for the English soap opera EastEnders produced by BBC. He played a character named Peter Beale. The drama series, which has aired since 1985, tells the story of the everyday life of ordinary people in the fictional Borough of Walford, which is located in the East End of London.
Hardy played in EastEnders until February 2015. He said that he was happy to join the team of professionals and take part in the project that his family had been watching for many years.
In 2016, Ben began shooting in the large-scale fantasy action movie X-Men: Apocalypse directed by American filmmaker Bryan Singer. The actor played the role of a winged mutant named Angel. For the sake of participation in the superhero project, Hardy spent a lot of time training in the wind tunnel.
It was a turning point when the novice actor became famous all over the world and was noticed in Hollywood. Besides, he met such popular actors as James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and many others.
The following year, Ben's filmography included another successful project. He portrayed an English author of Italian descent, John William Polidori, who wrote the first ever story about vampires, in the drama Mary Shelley.
The film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour told about the fate of Mary Shelley, the creator of the literary character of Frankenstein, and her decision to write the main work. The promising young actress Elle Fanning played a title role.
Hardy's next project was the biographical drama Only the Brave, based on real events. The film told about several firefighters who faced one of the most devastating fires in Arizona. The film, in which Josh Brolin and Miles Teller also took part, premiered on October 18.
In 2018, the English actor participated in two projects: the BBC mini-series The Woman in White and the musical drama Bohemian Rhapsody. The modern television adaptation of the classic Gothic novel by writer Wilkie Collins was released in April. Ben played one of the leading roles, art teacher Walter Hartright, in the psychological drama.
The great success was Hardy’s approval for the role of the drummer of the legendary rock band Queen, Roger Taylor. American actor Rami Malek, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his talented work, portrayed vocalist Freddie Mercury. Besides, the biographical film won 3 Oscars for Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
Ben Hardy had a stable relationship because the actor dated his colleague and long-time friend Katriona Perrett for nine years. The couple resided in West London. However, in 2018, the lovers broke up. According to the actor, his girlfriend can be any user of dating sites that Ben often visits. He has no wife or children.
In addition to acting, the young man enjoys photography and music. He also devotes a lot of time to physical training (according to some information, his height is 5.84 ft. (178 cm), and his weight is 187.39 lbs. (85 kg)). On his Instagram account, Hardy posts photos that depict his attractive athletic body.
Ben Hardy now
In 2019, Ben Hardy has starred in the American action movie Six Underground directed by Michael Bay. The actor played the leading role.
Ben Hardy has accumulated a net worth of 2 million.
- 2013-2015 – EastEnders
- 2016 - X-Men: Apocalypse
- 2017 - Mary Shelley
- 2017 - Only the Brave
- 2018 - The Woman in White
- 2018 - Bohemian Rhapsody
- 2019 - Six Underground