Born: June 10, 1964
Famous for: playing a ruthless MI6 agent in The State Within
After graduating from London's prestigious LAMDA drama school Nuneaton-born Ben graduated went on to tread the boards in many of the UK's most famous theatres, winning a Laurence Olivier award in 2001 for his role in the Royal National Theatre's production of All My Sons. The actor's TV work includes A Touch Of Frost and The Virgin Queen, as well as a three-year stint on hair salon drama Cutting It. When Hollywood came calling down-to-earth Ben turned down offers from Mel Gibson to star in Oscar-winning flick The Patriot and alongside Chris O'Donnell in Vertical Limit, saying: \"The money was good, but it wasn't for me\". American audiences did get to know the Brit star, however, after popular UK TV 2006 series The State Within - in which he co-starred with Jason Isaacs was also broadcast Stateside.