9 October 1975
|Height||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Previously engaged to Deni Hines (2002–04)|
- 1 Early life and acting training
- 2 Early career
- 3 Home and away
- 4 Short films
- 5 UK career
- 6 Return to Australia
- 7 Back to Europe
- 8 Czech Republic
- 9 Aruba
- 10 Filmography
- 11 Personal life
- 12 Awards nominations
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Early life and acting training
Steel's parents are Glenys Steel and Ray Steel. He has two older sisters, Nicole Simpson (Steel) and Kara Joiner (Steel). Steel moved to Sydney after completing his high school studies in 1993. His family remained in Melbourne.
Steel started taking acting lessons when he was eleven. This later led to studies at Sydney's Australian Theatre for Young People and The Actor's Centre. It was at The Actor's Pulse in Sydney that Steel discovered the Meisner acting technique.
He continued his studies with the Meisner technique overseas at The Impulse Company in London, and Playhouse West in Los Angeles.
He is currently studying at The Prague Playhouse in the Czech Republic.
Steel began appearing in television commercials at the age of eleven.
At the age of fifteen he purchased his first video camera to explore life on the other side of the lens.
Steel studied media & film studies at high school then moved to Sydney to pursue full-time work in the film industry. Steel's tenacity paid off when he scored a lighting job on the high-rating ABC program Heartbreak High. This was the break Steel needed, giving him enough technical experience to work behind-the-scenes on bigger projects such as the feature films Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Dark City and Oscar and Lucinda.
Taking a side step in the position of Production Runner enabled Steel to absorb new skills at very close range to master filmmakers. The position offered an insight into everything from pre to post production, as he worked on IMAX: The Story of a City with Bruce Beresford; First Daughter; Bootmen with Dein Perry; Babe: Pig in the City with George Miller; The Matrix with the Wachowski brothers; and finally hit the jackpot with Moulin Rouge! and director Baz Luhrmann.
Home and away
Steel returned to appearing in front of the camera and into the spotlight. On 30 October 2000, Steel made his first appearance as Jude Lawson in the high-rating nightly Australian soap Home and Away. He played the popular character for three seasons and appeared in more than 160 episodes.
In addition to his acting commitments on Home and Away, Steel continued to develop several feature film projects while refining his directing skills on short films. He has since completed more than twenty short films including "Airhead" starring Andrew Hill and "Mum's the Word" starring Chris Egan, both winners of best comedy at "The Shootout 24hour Filmmaking Festival".
In 2002 he took his filmmaking to new extremes, when he rose to the challenge to make "Diagnosis Narcolepsy", a 16mm, 7-minute film, starring Scott Major, Erik Thomson, Salvatore Coco, Lara Cox, Jeremy Kewley and Deni Hines, and the film was completed in just 24 hours.
After finishing Home and Away Steel went to the UK to play Prince Valentine in the pantomime Snow White. Steel subsequently starred in his first independent feature film The Bitten Tongue, where he had fun playing a cross-dressing, money laundering gangster. His next project was another bad guy abducting David Beckham's hairdresser in Unfashionable Tramps followed by a successful season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe starring in This is Soap and presenting 2 music festivals for Five (channel). Then Steel went to the US and spent a few months studying acting at Playhouse West under the eye of founders Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie.
Return to Australia
He returned home in 2004 to star in the cult theatrical production of Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical to a sold out season.
He's involved in some pretty naughty situations, is having trouble deciding if he prefers the steam room scene or the "one with the threesome" but ask Ben Steel to pose for a photo without a shirt and surprisingly he gets all coy. "I'd rather wear a shirt, if that's ok", Steel said. The former Home and Away star, who is playing six characters in the Debbie Does Dallas musical wouldn't even reveal if he bares all in any of the roles. "I can't say whether I will or whether I won't but it's definitely an interesting ride", Steel said during a break from rehearsals at the Seymour Centre yesterday. "I get to live out some fantasy on stage", he quickly added. The musical, which is based on the famous porn movie, had its first preview show last night but Steel said his parents would wait a few weeks before they watch him in action "I said to mum I was doing this Debbie Does Dallas play and she had no idea about what it was, so I had to explain it was based on a porn movie, but when I told dad, he knew exactly what it was", he said."
Back to Europe
2005 saw Steel depart to the UK to revive his character of Prince Valentine in the pantomime Snow White, it also marked the year that Steel made his West End Theatre debut. Steel headed up the cast of The Vegemite Tales, an Australian play that is set in a share-house in London. The play ran for 12 weeks to sellout audiences. Next Steel continued performing in theatre in 'Serial Killers' a New Zealand play written by James Griffen performed at the Darby Playhouse.
2007 and Steel moved to Prague the capital of the Czech Republic.
Former Home and Away hunk Ben Steel has snuck back into Oz to star in the low-budget psychological thriller Disclosure. After splitting with fiancee Deni Hines and leaving Summer Bay five years ago, Steel has divided his time between Hollywood, New York, London and Prague- chalking up gigs for his acting portfolio. While he remains tight-lipped about his latest project, he said being home may lead to him returning for good.
Returning to the Czech Republic, he was cast in the role of Fletcher in the much anticipated Solomon Kane with James Purefoy. The 2008 film was set in the late 16th Century during Puritan times and was based on the classic novel written by Robert E Howard . The film was entirely shot in Prague during the middle of winter.
Mid 2009 Steel was commissioned by national Aruban Broadcaster ATV (Aruba) to produce and direct the television program Stars of Tomorrow. The program was a reality drama series that follows the life of aspiring young actors living in Aruba.
|1992||Phoenix||Ben Brennan||TV series|
|2000||Water Rats||Rowan Marsden||TV series|
|2000–02||Home and Away||Jude Lawson||Regular role|
|2003||Five at Summer Bay||Himself||TV event|
|2003||The Bitten Tongue||Jane Ure||Film|
|2007||Not for Love or Money||Back Packer||Film|
|2008||Four of a Kind (AKA: Disclosure)||Michael Keeling||Film|
|2010||Red Tails||Luntz's Lieutenant||Film|
|1996||Letter from Australia||Documentary|
|1999||Bootmen – gagreel||Film|
|2000||The Wrong Gear||Film|
|2001||Mum's the Word||Film|
|2004||Shower the People – Marcia Hines||Music Video|
|2005||Vodka Connecting People||Film|
|2006||Man's Best Friend||Film|
|2006||Samsung – pitch your ideas||Internet Viral|
|2007||The Tulek Show||Film|
|2007||Returning to my Childhood||Film|
|2007||Not for Love or Money||Film|
|2010||Stars of Tomorrow||TV|
Steel met Deni Hines on the set of the Seven Network Perth Telethon in 2001. Hine's sang her then current single Frenzy while sitting on the knee of Steel. The couple were reported as dating several months later, and were seen travelling to many destinations around the world. Their engagement was announced in the social pages of Australian newspapers in 2003. The reason for their 2004 break-up has never been made public, though the rumours say she broke up with him leaving him severely heart broken.
Steel attended Good Friday Appeal 2001–2002. The Good Friday Appeal is a fundraising activity that brings together people from all parts of the community in a very special way. The common goal is to raise money for The Royal Children's Hospital, in Melbourne, and to ensure that all children with life-threatening illnesses receive the best possible medical and clinical care.
- Best New Talent nomination Home and Away (2001)
- Urban Cinefile
- Sydney Telegraph 05/08/04
- Sydney Telegraph 28/08/07
- Ben Steel on IMDb
- The Actor's Pulse[permanent dead link]
- Prague Playhouse
- Home and Away video
- Debbie Does Dallas: the musical
- Celebrity Appearance
- Shootout Celebrity Challenge 2002
- Link to: AU Soaps profile