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Ben Barnes

Ben Barnes' first Hollywood motion picture starring role is the title character of C.S. Lewis' second adventure in the land of Narnia.

Barnes is a veteran of the British stage. The 26-year-old U.K. native studied drama at Kingston University and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, where he debuted in The Ballad of Salomon Pavey at the age of 15. His other credits with NYMT include The Ragged Child, Bugsy Malone at the Queen's Theatre, The Dreaming and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday at the Royal Albert Hall.

Most recently, Barnes triumphed onstage again, winning rave reviews for his role of the charming, manipulative predator, Dakin, in Alan Bennett's award-winning play, The History Boys, which had its West End premiere at London's Wyndham's Theatre.

Other British stagings include Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, Loving Ophelia at the Pleasance Theatre, Judi Dench & Friends gala at the Kingston Rose Theatre, as well as the workshop productions of Blag and Talking to Mr. Warner at the Chocolate Factory.

His recent film roles include the lead character of Cobbakka, a Russian delinquent who runs riot in London, in the independent feature Bigga than Ben, and a featured role in Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) recent big-screen fantasy, Stardust. He also co-starred for director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) in his recent CW network telefilm, Split Decision and just completed a co-starring role opposite Jessica Biel and Colin Firth in Stephan Elliott's romantic comedy, Easy Virtue.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.

Ben Barnes Facts

BirthdayAugust 20, 1981 (41)
BirthplaceEngland, United Kingdom
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Ben Barnes compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Words
The Original
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
Seventh Son
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Little Mermaid
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