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13 October 1968
|Alma mater||University of Cape Town|
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Woodburne (m. 1996)|
Ferns made an appearance in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) before various television roles, including Trevor Morgan in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2000 to 2002. In 2005, Ferns played Lieutenant Gordon in the highly acclaimed trilingual film Joyeux Noël, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, Golden Globe Awards and the BAFTAs.
In 2003 Ferns appeared as Draco Malfoy in a Harry Potter sketch for Comic Relief.
In 2004 he played Commander Martin Brooke, the lead role, in the short-lived ITV series Making Waves. In the same year he appeared in Man Dancin', a Festival Film & TV production, which won a number of awards on the festival circuit, including Outstanding Original Screenplay at the Sacramento Film Festival. He has also appeared on Coronation Street.
He has also appeared in the 2006 movie Shadow Man, as Schmitt, also starring Steven Seagal.
His theatrical work includes the role of the "tapeworm" (a hallucination) in I.D., a play about Dimitri Tsafendas and his assassination of South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the 2008 national tour of Agatha Christie's murder mystery And Then There Were None, and Little Shop of Horrors as the Dentist. In 2011 he took the role of Scottish gangster Jimmy Boyle in the play about his life, The Hardman, during a Scottish tour to positive reviews.
He also made a brief appearance in the Smirnoff Vodka advert in 2009.
He starred as Luther in the 2011 London revival and subsequent UK tour of South Pacific.
In 2014, he starred in 24: Live Another Day
In 2016, he starred in ITV's Vera - series 6 episode 4 (The Sea Glass) He also appeared in BBC's Wallander Series 4: 1. The White Lioness as Axel Hedeman
Ferns has been married to South African-born actress Jennifer Woodburne since 1996. They currently live in London with their two sons, Cameron and Mackenzie.
He won the final of Kitchen Burnout in May 2010.