In a who’s hot and who’s not race, up and coming actor Ben Radcliffe is quickly gaining ground. Don’t die wondering and see what he’s about.
After landing the lead in CW’s Pandora, Ben Radcliffe quickly acquired himself a legion of fans. He’s now just finished filming Netflix’s highly anticipated Anatomy of a Scandal opposite Sienna Miller and is now currently filming opposite Callum Turner and Austin Butler for the highly awaited Apple TV’s Masters of the Air, the sequel to Band of Brothers from Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg. We caught up with Radcliffe ahead of the release of his next show and found out exactly what makes him tick. And why he’s really into tennis now. The answer won’t be shocking.
Where can you see yourself in ten years?
Probably still thinking of an answer to this question! I’d like to still be working and growing as an actor. Either that or on tour with Justin Bieber.
If you could do just one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?
Eat. Although, that would be a lot of food, so maybe something else… build Lego – but, I would be really hungry.
Where are your go-to places to find peace of mind?
Definitely playing sport. I’ve always found sport to be extremely therapeutic because for however long it may be that you’re playing, your only focus is on the game, nothing else. All your worries disappear.
What’s the most important thing that you’ve learned so far?
To stop overthinking. You can’t control everything, just let it be.
What is the most meaningful project that you’ve worked on?
The latest show I worked on ‘Masters of the Air’ felt very special as we were playing characters that actually fought in WW2. I played John D. Brady, a pilot from upstate New York and I now have a photo of him with a few of the other pilots at home on my wall.
Dream team to work with?
I would love to work with all of my best friends and luckily a lot of them are actors. Oh and I think working with The Rock would be amazing.
Do you have a mantra that you live by?
Everything happens for a reason. I am a big believer in fate and that as long as you work hard everything that happens is meant to happen. I have learnt so much from my own struggles and experiences (of which I’m sure there will be more!) but looking back I can understand they have all been very important in shaping me as a person.
Who do you look up to?
I look up to my friends. I’ve learnt so much from them and I am very grateful for the wisdom they have passed on to me. If you surround yourself with talented, hard working people, it rubs off on you.
Name one thing you can’t live without.
Laughter. Life would be boring without that.
What don’t you want to die wondering about?
Why Emma Raducanu won’t be my doubles partner?
Could have I made it on the PGA tour?
What would happen if everyone in the world jumped at the same time?
I also don’t want to die wondering whether I could have done more. Experienced more, helped more, achieved more, cared more. It would be nice to know that I really nailed life.
…. I will make it on the PGA tour.
Catch Ben in Anatomy of a Scandal from 15th April, globally on Netflix.
Photography: David Reiss
Styling: Toyo Tsuchiya
Grooming: Louise Done