Ken Kirby is a Canadian actor and screenwriter. He has played the recurring characters Ben on Freeform's Good Trouble, Evan Tate in The CW series Dynasty, and Lenjamin McButtons in the LGBTQ web series The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo. Kirby has also appeared in the independent film Straight Up, Fox's The Gifted, and Freeform's Famous in Love.

Ken Kirby
Born
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active2006–present

Early life and educationEdit

Kirby was born in Vancouver to a British father and a Chinese mother.[1] He grew up between Canada, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.[2] Kirby studied business in college.[1]

Kirby, who has a passion for comedy, decided that he wanted to entertain people professionally after 1100 people attended his one-man show at the Vancouver Comedy Festival in 2010. After completing formal training at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Groundlings, Kirby entered CBS's Diversity Showcase in 2015 and then signed with The Gersh Agency.[2]

CareerEdit

Kirby had a minor speaking role in the 2006 comedy film She's the Man,[3] and voiced Kenji in the video game Need for Speed: Carbon the same year.

In 2016, Kirby played Lenjamin McButtons in the LGBTQ web series The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo, and portrayed Bryan in Freeform's Famous in Love in 2018.[2]

In 2019, Kirby appeared as Byron in Grand Hotel,[2][4][5] began playing Ben in Freeform's Good Trouble,[2][5] and Evan Tate in season three and season four of The CW series Dynasty.[5]

Kirby has also appeared as Craig in the independent film Straight Up (2019),[5] and as Noah in Fox's The Gifted (2018).[2]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Famous in Love Bryan (3) episodes
2018 The Gifted Noah (2) episodes
2019 Grand Hotel Byron (3) episodes
2019–2021 Dynasty Evan Tate Recurring
2019–2020 Good Trouble Ben Recurring

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 She's the Man Announcer
2019 Straight Up Craig
2022 They Live in the Grey Peter

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Need for Speed: Carbon Kenji

Personal lifeEdit

Kirby resides in Los Angeles. He hopes to utilize comedy as a way to bring Asian American stories "to the forefront in both TV and film."[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Feng, Margie (March 12, 2019). "Legal Eagle: Ken Kirby Is Just as Ambitious as His Law Clerk Character on Good Trouble". Character Media: Asian Americans in Entertainment. London Trust Media. Retrieved July 2, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Meet Ken Kirby". VoyageLA. July 10, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Ken Kirby, SAG". LA Casting. Casting Networks, Inc. Retrieved July 2, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Jan, Kevin (May 2, 2019). "Exclusive Interview: Pop-Culturalist Chats with Good Trouble and Grand Hotel's Ken Kirby". Pop-Culturalist. Retrieved July 2, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b c d Ramos, Dino-Ray (September 5, 2019). "Ken Kirby Joins Dynasty in Recurring Role; Chelsea Rendon Boards Shameless". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 5, 2019. Retrieved October 10, 2019.

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