Who is Ben Daniels?
Ben Daniels is a veteran English actor. He is best known for his roles in shows like The Exorcist, House of Cards, Jupiter’s Legacy, and others. He is also a prolific theatre performer.
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Daniels trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, also known as LAMDA. Daniels has been with actor Ian Glen since 1993, when they first met on a set.
Daniels started working in 1986 with small, sometimes uncredited roles. His first important role was as Justin Hayward for two music videos of the band the Moody Blues.
Daniels has appeared in many different British dramas, such as Casualty, The Lost Language of Cranes, the TV film David, Cutting It, The State Within, Soldier Soldier, A Touch of Frost, Outside Edge, Spooks, and Merlin, among many others. In addition, the actor was featured on The Crown.
He also started to appear in films, often playing historical celebrities, such as Dr. Josef Buhler, Ian Fleming, and more. Some notorious films include Conspiracy, Ian Fleming: Bondmaker, The Virgin Queen, and more.
He has appeared in mainstream and indie productions. Some notorious feature films he has been in include The Bridge, Madeline, I Want You, Doom, and more. In addition, he had a small part in Rogue One, playing General Antoc Merrick.
Daniels has consistently been appearing on stage, featuring in many plays, including a lot of Shakespeare’s catalog, Waiting for Godot, Martin Yesterday, Three Sisters, Iphigenia at Aulis, and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! His theatre work has earned him many awards.
With Netflix, the actor started with House of Cards, appearing in a reoccurring role in this hit series. He played a renowned photographer involved in the intrigue. Next, he was cast for the leading role of Walter Sampson in Jupiter’s Legacy, a superhero show with dramatic elements. Unfortunately, the show got canceled after one season.
Jupiter’s Legacy is a show about a group of superheroes who now must pass on the torch to their children, not entirely ready to continue the same values as their parents, among a public debate about superheroics.
In Jupiter’s Legacy, he was seen alongside cast members Elena Kampouris, Gracie Dzienny, Ian Quinlan, Josh Duhamel, Kurtwood Smith, Leslie Bibb, Matt Lanter, Tyler Mane, Tenika Davis, Mike Wade, Meg Steedle, David Julian Hirsh, Conrad Coates and Andrew Horton.
In addition to 2021’s Jupiter’s Legacy, his most recent work includes 2021 films Captive State and Benediction. In theatre, he appeared in The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer at the Olivier Theater and the Royal National Theatre as well.
The actor has been outspoken about his sexuality and has talked at length about the homophobia in the industry that he has faced.
Daniels had a cameo role on the Simpsons, voicing an Irish priest in Treehouse of Horror XXVIII in 2017.
The actor has dabbled in painting.
He has been included several times on the list of Britain’s most influential LGBTQ individuals.
Daniels has reported suffering from sleep paralysis for most of his life. This condition involves the person waking up from sleep without being able to move and often seeing frightening images.
The actor appeared on Passenger List, a podcast from Radiotopia.
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