Ben: Have I Googled myself? Yeah, well, a little while ago. I don’t like it; I don’t like the Internet. No. It’s not a healthy place to go if you’re in the public eye. Because there’s too many people who have too many opinions about you, and about your acting. And, you know, everyone wants to be a critic. I just don’t really approve of it. I’ve never been on the Internet saying what I think of somebody else’s performance in something.
I: How do you deal with that?
Ben: Well, you have to ignore the really over the top good stuff and you have to ignore the really over the top bad stuff. And kind of be confident in the fact that you know it’s probably somewhere in the middle. And that’s sort of what I’m trying to do at the moment.
With classic good looks Ben tends to be cast a lot for adaptations of period novels or plays: Dorian Gray, Prince Caspian, Easy Virtue and Ophelia. “I have gone straight from Alan Bennett to C.S. Lewis to Noel Coward to Oscar Wilde. I seem to be doing them all. Next I’ll be totally butchering Hamlet!”