Benjamin Maurice Silverstone
9 April 1979
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge (BA)|
London School of Economics (LLM)
|Years active||1994–2007 (as actor)|
Early life and education
Silverstone was born in Camden, London, the son of Beverly and Anthony Silverstone. He has one sister and one brother. He studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and law (LLM) at the London School of Economics.
Prior to Get Real, Silverstone appeared in Adrian Lyne's adaptation of Lolita in 1997 and Mike Figgis' The Browning Version in 1994. Get Real was based on Patrick Wilde's stage play What's Wrong with Angry?, and is a love story between two British schoolboys. Silverstone made the front cover of Gay Times in May 1999 to mark the release of the film.
The film achieved cult status with many fans, and even gave rise to two fan-organised gatherings in the filming locations around Basingstoke. The events in themselves attracted the attention of the television media, as fans of the film travelled several thousand miles to the event.
Immediately after the release of Get Real, Silverstone went to Cambridge University. While there, he acted in student productions of King Lear, The Whiteheaded Boy, The Duchess of Malfi, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Near Miss and The Winter's Tale. Silverstone left Cambridge in 2001 with a first class degree.
Since 2001, Silverstone has appeared in numerous stage productions such as The Tempest and My Boy Jack and was nominated for both a The Times Theatre Award and an Evening Standard Theatre Award for his portrayal of Basil Anthony in the West End production of Man and Boy
His most recent film project is Jump! (2007), in which he starred as a young Jewish photographer charged with the murder of his father, based on the real-life story of Philippe Halsman, opposite Patrick Swayze and Martine McCutcheon.
As a lawyer, Silverstone works at Matrix Chambers.
- The Age of Consent (Timmy), Edinburgh Fringe (2001)
- The Age of Consent (Timmy), Bush Theatre, London (2002)
- The Lady's Not For Burning (Richard), Chichester Festival Theatre (2002)
- The Tempest (Ariel), UK Tour (2002)
- Electra (Orestes), The Gate Theatre, London (2003)
- My Boy Jack (Jack Kipling), UK Tour (2004)
- Man and Boy (Basil Anthony), UK Tour (2004)
- Man and Boy (Basil Anthony), Duchess Theatre, London (2005)
- The Browning Version (Taplow), dir. Mike Figgis (1994)
- Lolita (Young Humbert), dir. Adrian Lyne (1997)
- Get Real (Steven Carter), dir. Simon Shore (1998)
- Jump! (Philippe Halsman), dir. Joshua Sinclair (2007)
- Shackleton (Young Applicant), Channel 4 (2001)
- Timewatch: Through Hell for Hitler (Henry Metalmann), BBC2 (2003)
- Doctors (Joe Nyland), BBC1 (2003)
- "Matrix Chambers" Retrieved 3 Jan 2019
- BenSilverstone.net Archived 13 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Basingstoke Pilgrimage. URL last accessed on 2007-04-09.
- Meridian Television Archived 12 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Meridian Tonight News. URL last accessed on 2007-04-09.
- Leitch, Luke (10 November 2005). "51st Evening Standard Theatre Awards shortlist". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2009.