Ben Hardy

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Ben Hardy (born Ben Jones) was born 2 January 1991 and is an English actor.

Hardy was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, and grew up in Sherborne. He attended Sherborne Abbey Primary School and the Gryphon School. As a student at Gryphon, Hardy starred as Sergeant Francis Troy in a school film adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd.

In 2012, Hardy starred as Arthur Wellesley in the David Hare play The Judas Kiss, also featuring Rupert Everett. The production initially had a limited run at the Hampstead Theatre from September to October 2012 followed by a short tour to Bath, Richmond, Brighton and Cambridge before, after rave reviews, transferring to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre in January 2013. His role required him to perform full frontal nudity, which he later described as “incredibly nerve-racking.” 

He is known for playing Peter Beale in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (2013–2015). He made his film debut as Archangel in the superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and played Roger Taylor in the biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).

In April 2018, he played the lead role of Walter Hartright in the BBC adaptation of the Wilkie Collins novel The Woman in White and in 2018, it was announced that Hardy was cast in the Netflix action thriller film 6 Underground, directed by Michael Bay. The film was released in December 2019.