Ben Chaplin

Actor, Statistician for London Transport Authority, Clerk
After starting his career in several British films and television shows in his native England, actor Ben Chaplin crossed the pond to make his first American film with the winning comedy, "The Truth about Cats & Dogs" ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1970 in Berkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (27)

Cinderella 2015 (Movie)

Ella's Father (Actor)

Dates 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Book Of Negroes 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

War Book 2015 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Doll & Em 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ways To Live Forever 2013 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

World Without End 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

London Boulevard 2011 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

Edgar Allan Poe (Actor)

Dorian Gray 2009 (Movie)

Basil Hallward (Actor)

Me and Orson Welles 2009 (Movie)

George Coulouris (Actor)

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

Lewis Mowbray (Actor)

Two Weeks 2006 (Movie)

Keith Bergman (Actor)

Chromophobia 2005 (Movie)

Trent (Actor)

Stage Beauty 2004 (Movie)

George Villiars, Duke of Buckingham (Actor)

Birthday Girl 2002 (Movie)

John Buckingham (Actor)

Murder By Numbers 2002 (Movie)

Sam Kennedy (Actor)

The Touch 2002 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

Lost Souls 2000 (Movie)

Peter Kelson (Actor)

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

Private Bell (Actor)

Washington Square 1997 (Movie)

Morris Townsend (Actor)

The Truth About Cats and Dogs 1996 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Feast of July 1995 (Movie)

Con (Actor)

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

Charlie - Head Footman (Actor)

Bronte (Movie)

(Actor)

My Fake Baby (TV Show)

Narrator

The Return of the Borrowers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After starting his career in several British films and television shows in his native England, actor Ben Chaplin crossed the pond to make his first American film with the winning comedy, "The Truth about Cats & Dogs" (1996). Despite his auspicious debut, Chaplin failed to become an overnight star in the states as some had predicted. Perhaps his desire not to become the next Hugh Grant had something to do with his career traveling the slow lane. He had prominent roles in acclaimed films like Terrence Malick's elegiac war drama "The Thin Red Line" (1998), but was overlooked by critics who focused on the movie's numerous A-list stars and the director's exquisite work. While he stated that he would like to achieve a certain level of fame, Chaplin was willing to do so only on his own terms, which explained starring in little-seen independents like "Stage Beauty" (2004) and "Chromophobia" (2005). Regardless of whether or not he was a household name, there was no doubt that Chaplin defined his own career by the quality of his work rather than the degree of his celebrity.

Relationships

Embeth Davidtz Actor

Companion
Reportedly left Harvey Keitel for him while filming "Feast of July" (1985)

Peter Greenwood

Father

Cynthia Greenwood

Mother

EDUCATION

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England
Asked to leave during his second year

Milestones

2009

Portrayed actor George Coulouris in Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles"

2007

Co-starred in the fantasy film, "The Water Horse" about the fabled Loch Ness Monster

2006

Cast as one of four siblings who returns home to say goodbye to their sick mother in "Two Weeks"

2005

Cast in director Terrence Malick's "The New World"

2004

Starred opposite Claire Danes and Billy Crudup in "Stage Beauty"

2003

Starred in William Nicholson's play "The Retreat From Moscow"; received Tony nomination

2002

Had leading role opposite Michelle Yeoh in "The Touch"

2002

Co-stared with Sandra Bullock in "Murder By Numbers"

2001

Co-starred with Nicole Kidman, playing a man who orders a Russian mail-order bride in "Birthday Girl" (released theatrically in 2002)

2000

Played a reporter marked for Satanic possession in "Lost Souls"

1998

Had a leading role in Terrence Malick's remake of "The Thin Red Line"

1997

Co-starred as Morris Townsend in "Washington Square"

1996

First starring role in an American feature in "The Truth About Cats and Dogs"

1995

Won praise for his performance as Tom Wingfield in the West End production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"; directed by Sam Mendes

1995

Had breakthrough screen role as Con Wainwright in "Feast of July"

1995

Had regular role on the British sitcom "Game On!"

1993

Film debut as a footman in the Merchant Ivory production "The Remains of the Day"

1992

First starring role in the TV-movie "Bye Bye Baby" (Channel Four)

At age 16, appeared in a play and decided to become an actor

Raised in Windsor, England

Bonus Trivia

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Chaplin is not related to Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin aka Charlie Chaplin.

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"In England when you do a film you work such long hours, and you're under budget. But here, because it's a huge industry, it's quite sensible." - Ben Chaplin in Vanity Fair, March 1996

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On his role in "The Truth About Cats and Dogs", Chaplin (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) told Premiere (March 1996): "Well, I masturbate in one scene, and that is probably wthe most embarrassing thing anyone can do on film. It's tasteful - you don't see my chopper - but it was one of the bravest things of my career."

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"I just wanted to be a good actor. A certain amount of fame goes with that territory, but it's nothing you want as a concept. It's seems like an unhealthy thing." - Ben Chaplin in The New York Times, April 21, 1996

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"He was a most affable fellow. Everyone in the make-up department had a crush on him." - Janeane Garofalo quoted in The New York Times, April 21, 1996

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"He has wonderful eyes, and you can see his soul come across on the screen. He's incredibly sincere and winning." - Cari-Esta Albert, producer of "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" in The New York Times, April 21, 1996

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Queried on his religious beliefs in light of his role in "Lost Souls", Ben Chaplin told Douglas Eby in Cinefantastique (October 2000): "I remain pretty much the same. I've always been somewhat of an agnostic. But I always think agnostic is a bit of an easy cop-out, you know, sitting on the fence, basically. I'm quite spiritual. I lean more to believing that not believing. It's when it gets too specific that I have problems. So I'm still in the gray area with it."

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"After "Cats & Dogs" I got big huge offers to do what I thought was the same role. Some of the parts were in scripts that weren't actually as good, but some were in scripts that were as good and better. I just though that repeating myself would be disaster for me. That means I've had to take a longer way around, but hopefully it's a road that won't run out as quickly." - Chaplin quoted in Movieline, November 2000

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"I've certainly got my dark sides. I think I can be very ugly inside and out. I've got a bad temper. Not dangerous. I'm an ostrich-in-the-sand type who lets things fester. It blows up and then it's gone. Not when I'm working - I don't smash up trailers or anything. I'll just break some bizarre little sugar container that I haven't liked for a long time. But I haven't hurled anything for a long time." - Ben Chaplin in Movieline, November 2000

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"I wasn't the right kind of actor for the school; I was young and outspoken" - Chaplin on being asked to leave school, told the New York Post, April 23, 1996

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