The Lowdown: Things You Never Knew About Ben Barnes

September 10, 2009 by  
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Dorian Gray’s Ben Barnes is a rising star and has definitely peaked the attention of the ladies of the OTB office.

We can’t decide if we like him because of the luscious hair, his dimpled chin or the fact that he’s joined the pack of Brit totties that are making an impression on Hollywood.

Whatever the reason: it’s deep and it’s real.

Robert Pattinson could be old news. Probably not though. But James McAvoy should be worried.

When we first laid eyes on Ben in 2007’s Stardust we knew it was the start of big things for him and we anticipate that he’ll soon be the talk of the town so we thought we’d get in there first.

So until the restraining order gets cancelled and we can get an interview for you, we hope you’ll enjoy our top 10 facts about Ben Barnes.

You’re welcome.

1. Ben was a member of boyband Hyrise in 2004 and was in the running to represent England in the Eurovision song contest with their song Leading Me On. As well as singing Ben can also play the drums and the piano as well as holding a membership at the National Youth Music Theatre.

2. No stranger to the stage, Ben starred in the cast of The History Boys on the West End. He had to cut his run short though when he accepted the role of Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia sequel.

3. In 2004 Ben earned a degree in English Literature and Drama from Kingston University.

4. Greatly admires fellow actor Colin Firth whom he has acted with twice. And while he calls him one of his favourite people, he has also called him a “terrible mentor”. Whenever Ben asks him for advice, all Colin can offer is “I don’t know.”

5. Ben based Prince Caspian’s Spanish accent on The Princess Bride’s Inigo Montoya. He found the film the night before his audition and was looking through his DVD collection for something to help him get the part. He also had to shave twice a day to keep himself young looking and had to wear hair extensions as he had short hair at the time.

6. Ben will be doing some Shakespeare in one of his upcoming projects, Ophelia – a retelling of Hamlet, played by Ben, from the point of view of his long suffering girlfriend.

7. With classic good looks Ben tends to be cast a lot for adaptations of period novels or plays: Dorian Gray, Prince Caspian, Easy Virtue and Ophelia. “I have gone straight from Alan Bennett to C.S. Lewis to Noel Coward to Oscar Wilde. I seem to be doing them all. Next I’ll be totally butchering Hamlet!?

8. He featured briefly in the video for The Sofa Song by The Kooks.

9. Despite having a few fan sites dedicated to him, Ben is no fan of the Internet. When asked if he Googled himself he said, “Yeah, well, a little while ago. I don’t like it; I don’t like the Internet. No. It’s not a healthy place to go if you’re in the public eye. Because there’s too many people who have too many opinions about you, and about your acting. And, you know, everyone wants to be a critic.”

10. You can hear recent musical offerings from Ben on the soundtrack to Easy Virtue in which he stars with Jessica Biel. She’s on the soundtrack as well but…um…she should stick to acting.

Emily Moulder

See what all the fuss what about by reading our review of Dorian Gray. Go see what happened when other bright young things are slaughtered in Sorority Row.