Ben Price

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Ben Price
Born (1972-01-01) 1 January 1972 (age 46)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Known forFootballers Wives (2004–2005)
Casualty (2005–2007)
Coronation Street (2009–)
Spouse(s)
Alexandra Wheeler (m. 2005)
Children2

Ben Price (born 1 January 1972) is a British actor, director and writer. He has played the role of Nick Tilsley in the ITV soap opera, Coronation Street and made three films as a writer/director, the first of which, I'm Sorry To Tell You, was BAFTA long-listed.

Early life[edit]

Price grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne where he attended Gosforth East Middle School and Gosforth High School before taking acting classes at the Live Theatre.[1] He then attended London's Drama Centre and graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1996.

Career[edit]

He started his career at the Manchester Royal Exchange and went on to appear at the Bush in London, the Gate Dublin and Sheffield Crucible among others.[2] After starring in Wire in the Blood, he found fame when he starred as Conrad Gates, the captain of Earl's Park football team, in the British television series Footballers' Wives.[3] After leaving the show at the end of the 4th series, he went on to appear in Dancing at Lughnassa at the Gate theatre Dublin.

He co-stars in the horror film Blood Trails, which won the audience award for best feature at the Dead by Dawn International Horror Film Festival 2006 in Edinburgh.

He starred in Casualty as corporate director Nathan Spencer[4] between 2005 and 2007, and was recently voted one of the ten actors most likely to succeed in Hollywood by Stage and Screen magazine. Price appeared on the July 2006 cover of Out magazine.

In 2009 he appeared in the third season of showtimes hit show The Tudors, playing the martyr John Lambert.[5]

Price joined Coronation Street as Nick Tilsley in 2009. He began filming on 19 October 2009 and was seen on screen for the first time on 21 December 2009.[6]

In January 2015, Price set up his own production company, Bolo Films. Their first short film, I'm Sorry To Tell You, has been BAFTA long-listed and has played at 15 international festivals, including Palm Springs and the LSFF. It was purchased by Shorts International at the end of 2016. His second film, Taubman, premiered at the UK Jewish Film Festival, opened the Manchester Film Festival and was shown at the Athens International Film Festival, Ohio. In 2017, his third film, Hope Dies Last, won Best Period Piece at HollyShorts Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

On 27 January 2017 it was announced that he would be leaving the role of Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street later in 2017.[7] On 23 April 2018 it was announced that Price would be returning to Coronation Street in summer 2018 and will appear on screen from autumn 2018 following a year away from the role.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Flyfishing James
2006 Blood Trails Chris
2015 I'm Sorry To Tell You Director/Writer Finalist for Best Short Film at One Shot Movie Festival
2016 Taubman Director/Writer
2017 Hope Dies Last Director/Writer Won Best Period Piece at HollyShorts Film Festival

Nominated for Best Short Film at Manhattan Short Film Festival

Nominated for Best Short Film at Cambridge Film Festival

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1996 Casualty Jimmy Sellars Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
1997 Soldier Soldier Fus Chris Howden Episode: "The Road to Damascus"
Underworld Runner Episode No. 1.4
1998 Supply & Demand Jonathon
Home and Away Geoffrey Burns Episode No. 2351
Heartbeat John Fraser Episode: "Where There's a Will"
1999 Peak Practice Tom Wise Episode: "Fighting Chance"
Hope & Glory Mr. Jakes Episodes No. 1.1 and No. 1.2
Bugs Wymark Episodes: "Money Spiders" and "The Enemy Within"
2000 Badger Dion Episodes: "The Price of a Daughter" and "Cock o' the Walk"
2001 Table 12 David Episode: "Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner"
2002 Wire in the Blood Michael Jordan Episode: "The Mermaids Singing"
2004–2005 Footballers' Wives Conrad Gates Series regular
2005 The Bill Greg Webster Episode No. 343
2005–2007 Casualty Nathan Spencer Series regular
2009 The Tudors John Lambert Season 3 Episode 6 : "Search for a New Queen"
2009–present Coronation Street Nick Tilsley Series regular
2013 Driven to Extremes Narrator

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 All's Well That Ends Well Matthew Lloyd Manchester Royal Exchange
1997 Shoe Shop of Desire James Christopher Critics up for review,BAC
1998 Entertaining Mr Sloane Richard Beecham Bolton Octagon
1999 Svejk Dhalia Ibelhauptatie The Gate Theatre
1999 The Backroom Jonathon Llyod The Bush
2001 On the Razzle Peter Wood Chichester Festival Theatre
2003 Iphegenia Anna Mackmin Sheffield Crucible
2010 Dancing at Lughnasa Joe Dowling The Gate Dublin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ben Price plays Nathan Spencer". holby.tv. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Ben Price". United Agents.
  3. ^ I scored with Zoe to join Mile High Club, Sunday Mirror, 8 February 2004 (Archived at FindArticles.com)
  4. ^ "Ben Price plays Nathan Spencer". holby.tv. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
  5. ^ "United Artists: Ben Price". United Agents. Retrieved 12 September 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (16 October 2009). "Ben Price to play Corrie's Nick Tilsley". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Ben Price quits Nick Tilsley role on Coronation Street after seven 'fantastic' years". The Daily Telegraph. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  8. ^ <Radio Times> (23 April 2018). "Nick Tilsley is returning to Coronation Street". Radio Times. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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