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Biography #2 (for The Eleventh Hour)

Ben Bass is the newest member to join CTV's award-winning dramatic series The Eleventh Hour. Cast as a lead character along with some of Canada's finest talent, including Jeff Seymour, Sonja Smits, Tanya Reid and Waneta Storms, Bass plays the role of Henry Shelley, a producer on the fictional UTN network.

Ben Bass is the newest member to join CTV's award-winning dramatic series The Eleventh Hour. Cast as a lead character along with some of Canada's finest talent, including Jeff Seymour, Sonja Smits, Tanya Reid and Waneta Storms, Bass plays the role of Henry Shelley, a producer on the fictional UTN network.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, raised in Vancouver and now based in Toronto, Bass studied acting at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and has also trained at the prestigious Ecole Jacques Lacoq in Paris, The Vancouver Academy of Music and Second City. Bass began his career in theatre, and has performed at many of Canada's premiere venues including the Stratford Festival, Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre, the Charlottetown Festival and the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. His performances have cover a wide range of classic and contemporary productions including Hamlet, Othello, Comedy of Errors, The Provoked Wife, The Miracle Worker and King Lear. Bass has earned a Vancouver Jesse Award nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Musical, for his performance as Tim in the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Production of Angry Housewives.

Bass has been a constant in a wide array of Canadian and U.S. television productions, with his role as 'Javier Vachon' on the last year of the series, Forever Knight boosting his recognition considerably. Recently, he played the lead, 'Gavin Lloyd' in USA Network's Monk, across from Tony Shalhoub, 'Brian Peske' in the Showtime comedy series, Beggars and Choosers, and 'Trevor Black' in the UPN series, The Twilight Zone. He was a series regular in the CBC series Tom Stone and 'Darryl' in Big Sound. In television movies and mini-series, Bass has had principal roles in Strange Frequency, a rock 'n roll version of The Twilight Zone, Gene Wilder's Murder in a Small Town, and Bonanno:A Godfather's Story.

In feature films, Bass appeared in The Sixth Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, A Cool, Dry Place starring Vince Vaughn, as well as in Bride of Chucky. Returning to work with Bruce McDonald a second time, having played 'Rex Reed' in the television movie, Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story, Bass plays the lead role of Peter Gill, the accused murderer who is the target of affection of a juror, in McDonald's satiric feature, The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, which premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, followed by the 2004 Vancouver Film Festival and will be released theatrically in Spring, 2005.

Bio courtesy CTV for "The Eleventh Hour" (10-Dec-2004)