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  • Trivia

    • Ben was one of the celebrity faces of The Gap's 2008 Winter Ad Campaign.

    • Ben's father is a psychiatrist, and his mother is a therapist.

    • Ben read a chapter from "The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian" at the 2008 LA Times Book Fest.

    • Ben was a fan of "The Chronicles Of Narnia" series as a child.

    • Disney signed Ben to play Prince Caspian in three films, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian", "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair".

    • Ben had never ridden a horse before playing Prince Caspian, but he told the casting director that he could since it was a requirement for the role. As soon as landed in New Zealand to begin filming, he started taking lessons from the only school close by, Auckland's Riding School for the Disabled.

    • Ben attended the 2008 Comic Con in New York City.

    • Ben had a short modern haircut for his role in "The History Boys" when he was cast in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian". Since the producers wanted him to look like he came from the Middle Ages, he had to get hair extensions.

    • Ben's hobbies include swimming, billiards, playing the drums and the piano.

    • Ben's favorite sports are cricket, tennis and basketball.

    • Ben says that the key to playing teenage characters is to shave twice a day.

    • When Ben got the role of Prince Caspian, he left his role as Darkin in "The History Boys" at the Royal National Theatre before the end of his contract. The Theatre almost sued Ben for breach of contract, but it was eventually dropped.

    • Ben was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre from 1997 to 2003.

    • Ben's theater roles:

      Dante Gabriel Rossetti in "Loving Ophelia", Corelli in "Talking to Mr Warner", Beckett in "Judi Dench and Friends", Jimmy Jesus in "Blag", Drummer in "Bugsy Malone", Anthony Ashley-Cooper in "The Ragged Child", The Wolf in "Sex, Chips, and Rock n' Roll", Alexander in "The Dreaming", Ralph in The Ballad of Solomon Pavey and Dakin in "The History Boys".

    • Ben was a member of the British band Hyrise.

    • Ben graduated with first class honors and a degree in English and Drama from Kingston University in 2004.

    • He is 6 feet tall and has brown eyes and black hair.

  • Quotes

    • Ben: (About the religious themes in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian") People ask, "Well, you were discussing the religious context when you were on the set every day" Absolutely not. That would be a dangerous thing to do. It's not something that's in the characters' minds at all. You've just got to suspend your disbelief and be as honest as you can, within the context of that world.

    • Ben: (On what he remembers most about filming "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian") Seven hours a day, every day, on a horse, in New Zealand, for starters. We shot almost chronologically; the film begins with a big chase on horseback, so I had to be ready for that. Lots of sword-fighting training, too. Dialect coaching so I could do this Mediterranean accent. I felt like I was at Narnia boot camp!

    • Ben: (seeing his face on the posters for "Prince Caspian") The first time I saw the poster I turned to the producer and said, "Is this sensible? You know no one knows who I am!" It's all a bit overwhelming really. But, my brother said something that really made sense. He pointed out that it's not Ben Barnes, it's Prince Caspian.

    • Ben: I've actually, very rarely have I worked in my own voice. I've played I think Russian, American, Northern from the North of England. All sorts of different accents I've worked in. And I'm almost more comfortable in an accent.

    • Ben: (When asked if he had ever seen any of the Narnia films or TV series before he saw the script) I remember watching the BBC series where Sam West played him in the Dawn Treader part. And I remember sort of being exactly the right age for that to really capture my imagination, right, and as soon as I got the script I remembered the beginning of that with the theme music and how it kind of panned over the map of Narnia and all that.

    • Ben: (On an "Average" day of shooting The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) It was literally like being in a different world and nothing surprises you after a while. You're out on a field surrounded by 7 ft guys in green Lycra tights. And it's normal. I mean, that's weird!

    • Ben: When I first heard about theThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian audition, I went and looked on my bookshelves and found my copy of Prince Caspian, and it had a copyright date of 1989. So I was eight. So that's like the perfect age, I think, to have first got into that. And it had a little sticker in the front saying, "I can't bear to be without my books" and a picture of a bear and below that was written Benjamin Barnes in my little eight year old handwriting.

    • Ben: (On what interested him most about the character of Prince Caspian) Well I think, the reason I like the character is because he's sort of an everyman. It's sort of a coming of age story, really. It's from boy to man and prince to king, kind of story.

    • Ben: (When asked if he minds being cast as a teenager) You know, I've been playing 17 for the past four years, so I don't see any reason why it should change now.