Ben made his acting debut at the age of 12 when he played the role of Jesus in a pagent at the Catholic School he attended.
Ben's father passed away when he (Ben) was only 8 years old.
Before becoming an actor, Ben toiled as a master carpenter for the Welsh National Opera Company.
Ben left school at the age of 15, he worked as a window washer until getting work as a stage hand at a number of theatres.
Ben became an Associate Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977.
Ben made his highly praised film debut as Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in Chariots of Fire (1981).
Ben turned down $100,000 to play Prince Charles in favor of appearing for drastically smaller paycheck in a BBC mini series adaptation of A. J. Cronin's The Citadel.
You can write to Ben at the following address:
c/o AGENCY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (APA)
9200 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
In his spare time, Ben enjoys writing plays and playing piano.
Ben currently resides in Los Angeles.
In August 2004, Ben directed his son in a play.
In 1992, Ben was nominated for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actor: Prime Time for: Dark Shadows (1991).
In 1984, Ben was nominated for an ACE Award for Actor in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program for: The Far Pavilions (1984).
In 1989, Ben was nominated for an ACE Award for Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for his appearance in Steal the Sky (1988).
In 1996, Ben was nominated for the CableACE for Actor in a Dramatic Special or Series for his appearance in the Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) episode: The Substitute.
Ben made his motion picture debut in the film A Bridge Too Far (1977) as the character Trooper Binns.
Ben has two children. A daughter, Lauren born in 1978, and a son, Theodore born in 1980.
Ben lived in Spain for two years.
Ben is a graduate and an Associate Member of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).
Ben is approximately 5' 11" (1.80 m) tall.