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Benjamin Thomas Barnes (born 20 August 1981).
is an English actor and singer. He is best known for his roles as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia film series, Logan Delos in Westworld, Billy Russo/Jigsaw in the Marvel series The Punisher, and The Darkling in the Netflix series Shadow and Bone.
He also played young Dustan Thorn in Stardust (2007), the titular role in Dorian Gray (2009), Neil McCormick in Killing Bono (2011), Alejandro in The Big Wedding (2013), Tom Ward in Seventh Son (2014), Samuel Adams in Sons of Liberty (2015) and Benjamin Greene in Gold Digger (2019).
Barnes released his first single, “11:11”, with a music video in September 2021 ahead of the release of his debut extended play, Songs For You, including a music video for “Rise Up” in October. The EP features the songs “11:11”, “Rise Up”, “Pirate Song”, “Not The End”, and “Ordinary Day”
Barnes was born in southwest London to Patricia Becker, a relationship psychotherapist, and Thomas Barnes, a psychiatrist, and professor.
He has a younger brother, Jack.
Barnes cites his mother’s Jewish South African childhood, his father’s scientific education, and his attendance at what he felt was a “vaguely Christian” school where he “liked the hymns” as formative influences.
Barnes was educated at two independent schools for boys: Homefield Preparatory School in Sutton and King’s College School in Wimbledon.
In King’s, he sang in choirs and played percussions (drums and piano) in jazz orchestras and concert bands. In 1997 he began his career in musical theatre by joining the National Youth Music Theatre where, at age 16, he gave his first performance as a drummer in the West End musical adaptation of Bugsy Malone.
Prior to university, he spent two years singing, television presenting, and working with entertainment svengali Simon Fuller to open a jazz club and launch an album which both did not materialize.
Barnes then studied English literature and drama at Kingston University, appearing and directing in productions such as Don Juan (as the lead), The Golden Age, Exposure and The Zoo Story.
He won the English Prize for writing essays on themes from Harry Potter and The Hobbit.
While working at the theatre on intense acts such as The Ragged Child, The Dreaming, Loving Ophelia, Sex Chip, and Rock ‘N’Roll, he briefly joined the boyband Hyrise, longlisted as the UK’s 2004 Eurovision entry with their song Leading Me On.
Graduating in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in Drama with English Literature, he was the university’s first drama student to achieve First Class Honours.
In 2008, he was inducted in the university’s Wall of Fame, the youngest to be featured among more than 20 accomplished alumni.