Early life, family, educational background
Canadian actor Benjamin Allen Nicolas Hollingsworth was born on September 7, 1984 in Brockville, Ontario, Canada to Patricia and Brian ‘McPhee’ Hollingsworth. He has a brother named Luc and two sisters, Asia and Leanne; the family is mainly of Irish descent.
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When ben At the age of 12, the family moved to Peterborough, Ontario, and two years later he started acting to earn some money. While attending St. Peter’s Secondary School, he acted in more than 20 regional and professional theater productions over four years.
He performed with the Peterborough Theater Guild while still in school, helped raise $5,000 for a local homeless shelter and funding for Terry Fox Cancer Research, and won a Civic award for participation and contributions.
When he was 17, he landed the lead role of a mentally retarded homeless young man living on the streets of Toronto in “Frozen Dreams,” a critically acclaimed play written and directed by Robert Ainsworth. Ben’s performance was so impressive that it helped him gain admission to the National Theater School of Canada, a prestigious university in Montreal.
In his senior year of college, he landed the lead roles for all three productions at the Monument National Theatre, and The Hour listed him in the top ten performances of 2006. He graduated with an acting degree from the Conservatoire after three years at the NTS. to have studied.
After graduation, he was cast as Corporal Dawson in Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men”, at the Neptune Theater for the Canadian Prime Minister – Aaron is also known for creating the “West Wing”. In 2007, Ben was nominated for a Robert Merritt Award for his performance while under the direction of fellow NTS graduate Ted Dykstra.
In February 2008, he played Andy in “Last Days of Graceland” at the Theater Passe Muraille.
Television and movies
Ben began guest-starring on popular Canadian television series – in 2007, Ben and director/actor Stuart Gillard appeared in “The Cutting Edge III”, an MGM Studios film, along with Matt Lanter of ABC’s “Heroes”. Ben’s role led to his guest appearance on CBC’s “Heartland.” as Sam in 2008, followed in “Degrassi” as Devon in 2008 and “The Line” as Evan in 2009.
Ben’s feature film debut doubled as his breakthrough role in 2009, as the lead actor, Chris Andrews, in “The Joneses,” alongside Demi Moore, Gal Gadot, Misha Barton and Sarah Paxton.
The series was produced by Ashton Kutcher and was loosely based on his own life and experiences as a young male model. However, the show was canceled after just two episodes, both of which received poor reviews, but unaired episodes are available to watch on YouTube.
Ben continued to appear regularly in television series, including the first season of “Suits” in 2011 as Mike Ross’ rival Kyle Durant; as Agent Troy in “The Tomorrow People” on The CW; as Quinn in ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” in 2012; and as Peter Gray in “Cult” from 2013-2014.
In 2014, he was cast as Assistant District Attorney Steven Kines in Fox’s “Backstrom” series, starring Rainn Wilson, who is best known for playing Dwight Schrute in the American “The Office.”
Ben also starred in several romantic comedies that year, including “Can’t Buy My Love” starring Adelaide Kane, “A Wish Come True” starring Meghan Park, and “Lucky in Love” opposite Jessica Szohr from “Gossip Girl.” He also had two lead roles in Lionsgate’s action thrillers “Vendetta” and 20e “Joy Ride 3” by Century Fox.
In 2015, he played regular Dr. Mario Savetti in “Code Black,” a CBS medical drama, a performance that earned him a nomination for a Golden Maple Award for Best Actor in a TV Series. The show starring Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Rob Lowe, Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and Luis Guzman; the series ended in 2018 after three seasons.
In 2019, Ben appeared in ‘Hard Power’, a Lionsgate revenge thriller starring Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum and Laura Dern. He also starred in “Rabid,” a David Cronenberg remake of the Soska Twins’ 1997 cult classic.
Since 2019, Ben Dan has played Brady in the Netflix original series “Virgin River” – Dan was a recurring character in season one and became the main character from season two.
In 2013 and 2019, he appeared in the Christmas movies “Coming Home for Christmas” and “A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love”.
From 2006 to 2009, Ben was reportedly in a relationship with another Canadian actor and former roommate, Nina Dobrev, although their relationship was never confirmed.
They met on the set of “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, and in 2008 they lived together in downtown Toronto as roommates. They still seem to be good friends as they follow each other on Instagram.
In November 2011, Touch Weekly published a cover story alleging that Demi Moore — then married to Ashton Kutcher — was having an affair with Ben. He dismissed the rumors by denouncing them in a Facebook post, and many people believed the rumors were just part of a smear campaign against Demi. However, Touch Weekly continued with the story. and even reported that Ben was proud of the affair.
After dating for two years, Ben married Nila Myers, a bar method teacher and lingerie designer, on November 10, 2012. They have two sons together, Hemingway Nash born in 2016 and Gatsby Willem in 2018; their first daughter, Juniper Bloom, was born on October 15, 2020.
Ben loves hockey and is a fan of Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ben has black brown eyes and is 1.78 m tall.
Wealth and salary
As of 2020, his net worth is estimated to be over $1 million.