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Benjamin Mitchell (born 7 July 1979[1]), is a New Zealand actor best known for his role as Dr. TK Samuels in the soap opera Shortland Street.

Benjamin Mitchell
Born (1979-07-07) 7 July 1979 (age 40)
Years active1990 – present



Ben attended secondary school at St Johns College, Hamilton, New Zealand. A personal trainer and winner of Mr. New Zealand in 1999, Mitchell moved to Auckland in 2000 to pursue an acting career. His first role was as a reporter on Shortland Street in 2000. The character he played was very contrary, and he has been typecast in many similar roles. This was followed by parts on shows including Power Rangers: Ninja Storm and Outrageous Fortune.[2]

At the start of 2006, Mitchell joined the cast of Shortland Street as young doctor TK Samuels. One of "Shortland Street's most recognisable faces," Mitchell has "gained him great popularity throughout New Zealand, especially with female viewers."[2]

In 2007 Mitchell starred alongside Bollywood actress Celina Jaitley in the film Love Has No Language, a "big budget" New Zealand-Australian co-production which was released in 2008.[3] He also appeared in the independent New Zealand feature I'm not Harry Jenson.[2]

Mitchell speaks fluent Te Reo Māori, and lent his support to the Maori Language Week campaigns in 2006 and 2008.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He has two daughters.[4][5]

In 2015 he was publicly shamed for parking in a disabled car parking space.[6]



  1. ^ [1] Retrieved 23 October 2009.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d "Benjamin Mitchell profile - Official Shortland Street website". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  3. ^ Tuteja, Joginder. "Celina signs International film." 10 May 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  4. ^ Higgins, Anna (9 March 2010). "In the gossip mags". Yahoo!Xtra Entertainment. Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  5. ^ McEnaney, Ashleigh (15 May 2015). "Ben Mitchell's special bond: 'Girls rule my life!'". Woman's Day.
  6. ^ "'Selfish' Shortland Street star parks in disabled space". Stuff. 4 March 2015.

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