8 April 1980
Benedict "Ben" Freeman (born 8 April 1980) is an English television actor, best known for his part in ITV's Emmerdale as Scott Windsor. After leaving the soap he embarked on a successful career in musical theatre and has since played several leading roles in London's West End.
Freeman attended St Bernard's Convent School (now St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School). At school Freeman took a part-time acting course over a school half-term holiday and was spotted by an agent from Redroofs Theatre School, who signed him up. He trained at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead.
Freeman's first role was playing Chris Longworth in children's school soap Grange Hill. After leaving Grange Hill, when Emmerdale decided to recast the character of Scott Windsor from incumbent Toby Cockerell in 1998, Freeman won the role of the womanising car mechanic Scott. Following Emmerdale, Freeman took to the stage, playing the part of The Prince in Romeo and Juliet, Warner in the final cast of Legally Blonde  and Norman in Dreamboats and Petticoats, both in London's West End. On 29 October 2012 he opened in Wicked in the West End playing the role of the love interest Fiyero. He left the show on 16 November 2013 and immediately joined the UK touring cast of a new musical version of Happy Days playing the role of The Fonz. The tour finished in July 2014.
In late 2014/early 2015 he filmed the lead role in an independent Sci-fi Noir film currently titled  "The Dark Channel" and scheduled for release in May 2016.