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|Born||Benedict John Greenwood
31 July 1969
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Ben Chaplin was born Benedict John Greenwood on 31 July 1969 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 in London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 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. He took his stage name after his mother's maiden name.
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 (1995) in London, and played the agoraphobic Matthew Malone on the British sitcom, Game On (BBC2, 1995–98). 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 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 Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher) and 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 (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 (2015)
- The Remains of the Day (1993)
- Feast of July (1995)
- Game On (1995)
- The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
- Washington Square (1997)
- The Thin Red Line (1998)
- Lost Souls (2000)
- Birthday Girl (2001)
- Murder by Numbers (2002)
- The Touch (2002)
- Stage Beauty (2004)
- Chromophobia (2005)
- The New World (2005)
- Two Weeks (2006)
- The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007)
- Me and Orson Welles (2009)
- Dorian Gray (2009)
- London Boulevard (2010)
- Ways to Live Forever (2010)
- Mad Dogs (2011–2013)
- Twixt (2011)
- World Without End (2012)
- The Wipers Times (2012)
- Dates (2013)
- The Wipers Times (2013)
- The Secrets (2014)
- War Book (2014)
- The Book of Negroes (2015)
- Cinderella (2015)
- Mad Dogs (U.S.) (2015)
- Little Boy (U.S.) (2015)
- Snowden (2016)
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- "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
- Ben Chaplin Interview Archived 26 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. 11 September 2009