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Ben Jones (born 2 January 1991), known professionally as Ben Hardy, is an English actor, known for playing Peter Beale in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (2013–2015). Hardy made his film debut as Archangel in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).[2]

Ben Hardy
Ben Hardy by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Ben Jones[1]
(1991-01-02) 2 January 1991 (age 26)
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present

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Early lifeEdit

Hardy was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, and grew up in Sherborne. He attended Sherborne Abbey Primary School and the Gryphon School.[1] As a student at Gryphon, Hardy starred as Sergeant Francis Troy in a school film adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd.[3]

CareerEdit

In 2012, Hardy starred as Arthur Wellesley in the David Hare play The Judas Kiss, also featuring Rupert Everett. The production initially had a limited run at the Hampstead Theatre from September to October 2012, and following rave reviews was transferred to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre in January 2013.[4][5] His role required him to perform full frontal nudity, which he later described as "incredibly nerve-wracking."[6]

On 19 April 2013, it was announced that Hardy would play Peter Beale in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders, taking over from Thomas Law who portrayed the character from 2006 until 2010. Hardy said: "I'm really excited to be joining the fantastic cast of EastEnders – a show which my family have watched for years. I can't wait to step into the shoes of a character with so much history and am looking forward to getting stuck in."[7] He made his first appearance on 7 June 2013. On 19 November 2014, it was announced that Hardy would leave the series.[8] He made his final appearance on 24 February 2015.

Hardy made his film debut in Bryan Singer's superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse, released on 27 May 2016, co-starring as winged mutant Archangel.[9][10] He was subsequently cast as writer John William Polidori in Haifaa Al-Mansour's period romance film A Storm in the Stars, opposite Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth.[11] Hardy will then portray Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter Wade Parker, who lost his life in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, in Joseph Kosinski's action-drama Only the Brave. The film, co-starring Josh Brolin and Miles Teller, is set for release on 22 September 2017.[12] Hardy is set to play Queen drummer Roger Taylor in the upcoming bio film Bohemian Rhapsody set to be released on 25 December 2018.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Warren Worthington III / Archangel Bryan Singer
2017 Mary Shelley John William Polidori Haifaa al-Mansour
Only the Brave Wade Parker Joseph Kosinski
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody Roger Taylor Bryan Singer Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Call the Midwife Reporter Guest: 1 Episode
2013−2015 EastEnders Peter Beale Series Regular

StageEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Judas Kiss Arthur Wellesley Hampstead Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre

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