Benn Northover

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Benn Northover
Born (1981-02-03) 3 February 1981 (age 33)
Nationality English

Benn Northover (born 3 January 1981) is a British actor, filmmaker and artist.[1]

Some of his most notable film roles include the critically acclaimed House of Boys,[2] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Lotus Eaters,[3] the gangster thriller Tutti i rumori del mare[4] and director Mike Figgis’ Lucrezia Borgia.

Early life[edit]

Northover was born in Ipswich, Suffolk. After film school, he went on to study drama at The Stella Adler Studio in New York. While attending Stella Adler, Northover would intern in his spare time at the world renowned Anthology Film Archives. Benn later stated that he learnt more about cinema history in the first 3 months at Anthology Film Archives than he did in 2 years at film school.


Northover's early screen appearances included TV dramas Ultimate Force and Silent Witness. in 2008 he was cast as the lead in gritty TV drama, Hostage to Terror,[5] for which he received The Times Critics Choice. He later reunited with director Finn McGough on TV drama Avalanche of Terror[6] about British climber Ken Jones. The series received critical acclaim around the world.

In 2010 Northover made his feature film debut in the hard hitting Aids drama House of Boys opposite Stephen Fry and Udo Kier. Director Jean-Claude Schlim re-cast the films lead character with Northover in the role, just 4 weeks before shooting began. Northover underwent a crash diet to shed 30 lbs to play the films lead character, a young stripper living with Aids. The film went on to receive several international awards. Northover then returned to England to feature in the 7th instalment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In an interview with Paper Magazine,[7] he later described his experience on the Harry Potter production as " the biggest machine I have ever encountered."

In 2011 he starred in the hit indie feature Lotus Eaters[8] opposite Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Johnny Flynn and the film adaptation of Donizetti’s opera Lucrezia Borgia by director Mike Figgis.

Lotus Eaters would go on to be a hit at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2012 Italian director Federico Brugia cast Northover as the villain in his human trafficking thriller Tutti i rumori del mare.[9] Set in the bleak underworld of the Hungarian human trafficking business. Northover later commented on his character in an interview with Another Magazine[10] saying "It's his personal demons that keep his conscience at a safe distance and eventually it's his human weaknesses that get the better of him " The film went on to win the special jury prize at the Annecy Italian Film Festival.

In 2013 Northover appeared in the J'e m'appelle hmmm the directorial debut by Agnès B and in Frédéric Auburtin's epic ensemble film F2014 as Max Kahn one of the founding members of F.I.F.A alongside Gérard Depardieu and Tim Roth.

Other Art and Cinema Projects[edit]

As an artist and filmmaker, Northover has directed several film and video projects, including music videos for artists such as The The and Nick Drake.

For over a decade he has been a close collaborator with legendary artist and filmmaker Jonas Mekas, leading to several film and video projects and a number of international gallery exhibitions including the Centre Pompidou and Agnès B’s Galerie du Jour in Paris. In 2012 Northover co-curated the landmark exhibition of underground cinema, with work by Mekas at the prestigious Serpentine Gallery in London alongside Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Northover is a long time supporter and board member of the Anthology Film Archives, the legendary archive and cinema dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of independent cinema.

Future Projects[edit]

In 2014 Northover will appear in Director Frédéric Auburtin's epic ensemble film F2014. The film, which will be released to coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and with Fifa’s own 110th anniversary. Northover plays Max Kahn one of the founding members of F.I.F.A alongside stars Gérard Depardieu, Tim Roth and Sam Neill. The film spans 110 years of F.I.F.A from its formation at 229 Rue Saint-Honoré in 1904 through to the present day, exploring the politics and conflicts that became the nature of the game.

Northover also appears in Je m'appelle hmmm, a touching road movie about the unlikely friendship between a young runaway and a Scottish truck driver. This marks the directorial debut by Agnès B and will be released in cinemas on 23 April 2014.