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Fun Facts

  • Graduated with a degree in English and Drama from Kingston University in 2004.
  • Was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre from 1997-2003.
  • His father is a psychiatrist and his mother is a therapist.
  • Has a younger brother named Jack.
  • Due to his looks, Prince Caspian is not 13 years old in Narnia films.
  • Wore hair extensions for the character of Prince Caspian.
  • Been called “Cardboard Ben” because of the Prince Caspian billboards of him everywhere.
  • Apparently, nickname is B-Squared
  • His parents influenced him to go to university first before heading off to become a serious actor.
  • He can also sing, play drums and piano.
  • Appeared in the Kooks music clip for The Sofa song – proof here!
  • He is widely known in the internet as Bin Bons.
  • His favorite movie is ‘This is Spinal Tap’.
  • He was one of the celebrity faces of The Gap’s 2008 Winter Ad Campaign.
  • He was a fan of “The Chronicles Of Narnia” series as a child.
  • He had never ridden a horse before playing Prince Caspian, but he told the casting director that he could since it was a requirement for the role. As soon as landed in New Zealand to begin filming, he started taking lessons from the only school close by, Auckland’s Riding School for the Disabled.
  • Hobbies include swimming, billiards, playing the drums and the piano.
  • Was a member of the British boyband Hyrise.
  • His favorite sports are cricket, tennis and basketball.
  • Was a presenter on the UK TV program S Club TV.
  • Says that the key to playing teenage characters is to shave twice a day.
  • Was invited to audition for ‘Prince Caspian’ while doing a West End play called ‘The History Boys’.
  • When he got the role of Prince Caspian, he left his role as Darkin in “The History Boys” at the Royal National Theatre before the end of his contract. The Theatre almost sued Ben for breach of contract, but it was eventually dropped.
  • Had a Spanish accent in ‘Prince Caspian’, but was told to drop it in ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’.
  • Was one of the four finalists for the role of Edward Cullen in ‘Twilight’.
  • Had his own beard brush during the shootings of ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’. His colleagues called it the ‘Ben Barnes Beard Brush’.
  • Asked Weta to make him a copy of Rhindon, the sword Caspian receives from Peter in ‘Prince Caspian’, which he keeps next to his bed “in case of intruders”.
  • Tried to purchase the picture of himself used in ‘Dorian Gray’ (he wanted to give it to his mother), but the painting was not available for sale and now it’s in a museum.
  • He has always claimed to be a terrible dancer. According to him, now his terrible dancing finally found a purpose in ‘Killing Bono’: to make people laugh.
  • Ben’s character in ‘Stardust’ was the young Dunstan Thorn, character played by Nathaniel Parker, who played Caspian’s father in ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’. Also, Ben worked with director Oliver Parker, Nathaniel’s brother, in ‘Dorian Gray’.
  • Ben auditioned for ‘Killing Bono’ while shooting the third ‘Narnia’ in Australia. Will Poulter (Eustace) helped him with his test.
  • He broke 2 ribs during his first performance of ‘Birdsong’.
  • Supports the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
  • Has an official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account (anything else is fake).