Ben Chaplin (born Benedict John Greenwood; 31 July 1969) is an English actor. Chaplin, the youngest of four children, was born in London, the son of Cynthia (ne Chaplin), a drama teacher, and Peter Greenwood, an engineer. He took his stage name after his mother's maiden name. He was brought up in Windsor, Berkshire, and attended Hurtwood House. At the age of 17, he enrolled in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After finishing his training, he moved to London full time, where he joined a repertory theatre company. Between work as a statistician for the London Transport Authority and clerical jobs, he began landing roles in BBC dramas and British films. James Ivory and Ismail Merchant cast him as a servant in The Remains of the Day. Chaplin first came to public attention for his performance as Matthew Malone in the first series of the sitcom Game On.
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