was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North-Carolina and earned a BS in psychology at Furman University. He went on to study drama at Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, where he met his wife Francesca Buller
He and his family moved to Australia where both he and Francesca worked on the SciFi television series Farscape
. The couple has two children which they both protect from the public eye.
After several appearances on stage, including traditional Shakespeare, Ben garnered a few minor appearances in feature films, including a small part as a rookie captain in Memphis Belle and the role of a short-lived boyfriend in A Kiss Before Dying
with Sean Young
and Matt Dillon
. He was first widely exposed to the American and Canadian television viewing audiences as the recurring character of "Sam" on the series Party of Five
. In 1999, Jim Henson
productions teamed with the SciFi Channel to produce Farscape
, where he was cast to play John Crichton.
Ben's family owns and operates a NASCAR Busch series race car, driven by his brother Neil Browder.
Ben joined the regular cast of Stargate SG-1
for it's ninth season in 2005.