Ben Kavanagh

  • Actor
    Male / London
  • Ethnicity
    Caucasian
    Age Range
    22 - 28
    Height
    5' 10" (1m 78cm)
    Weight
    9st. (57kg)
    Hair Colour
    Blonde
    Eye Colour
    Green
    Build
    Slim
  • Agent

    Agent
    COWLEY, KNOX AND GUY
    Contact
    02035071897

    Links

    Spotlight Member
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Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2014Iago
Theatre
Othello
Elliot Langsdon
Clatterhouse Theatre
The Drayton Arms Theatre
2014Company
Theatre
The Last Laundress Of Queensway
Andy Brock
Troupe
The Drayton Theatre
2013Guard/Vince/Goat
Theatre
The wonderfulr World Of Dissocia
William Seaward
Clatterhouse Theatre
The Red Hedgehog
2012Clarence Cutler
Theatre
Boy Meets Boy
Gene David Kirk
Jermyn Street Theatre
Jermyn Street Theatre
2012Ritchie
Theatre
Love & Understanding
Max Upton
Wield the Matter
Edinburgh Fringe
2012Macbeth
Theatre
MacbethNew London Theatre
Lion & Unicorn Theatre
2012Helge
Theatre
Festen
Niall Wilson
Shadwell Society
ADC Theatre
2011Tristan
Theatre
To Have and To Hold
Joey Batey
Ribbon Theatre
Edinburgh Fringe
2011Margot
Theatre
Margot De Sade: 120 Days of Stardom
Nick Waters
Fletcher Players
Corpus Playroom
2011Lloyd Dallas
Theatre
Noises Off
Max Barton
The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
ADC Theatre
2011Keller
Theatre
All My Sons
Niall Wilson
Something Unspoken
ADC Theatre
2011Malvolio
Commercial
Twelfth Night
Niall Wilson
New London Theatre
Lion & Unicorn Theatre
2011Iago
Theatre
Othello
Niall Wilson
New London Theatre
Lion & Unicorn Theatre
2010Rev. Parris
Theatre
The Crucible
Josh Seymour
The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
ADC Theatre
2010The Piper
Theatre
The Pied Piper
William Seaward
Cambridge Footlights
ADC Theatre
2010Brick
Theatre
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Morgan Ring
Double Falsehood
ADC Theatre
2010Humphrey Binham
Film (Short)
Star Struck
Sarah Bartley
Film Fest
Cambridge ADC Theatre
2009Ms Gultch/Wicked Witch of the West
Theatre
The Wizard of Oz
Nick Waters
CUMTS
ADC Theatre
2009Chris
Theatre
Barry! Pull Your Finger Out
Josh Higgott
Cambridge Footlights
Edinburgh Fringe
2009Billy
Theatre
42nd Street
Marieke Audsley
Red & Gold theatre
Cambridge Corn Exchange
2009Vladimir
Theatre
Waiting For Godot
Patrick Garety
Tongue-In-Chic
Corpus Playroom
2009Prince of Wales
Theatre
Madness of George III
Patrick Garety
Tongue-In-Chic
ADC Theatre
2009Dame Jeanie the Genie
Theatre
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Matthew Bulmer
Cambridge Footlights
ADC Theatre
2008Bobby
Theatre
Crazy For You
Chris Petite
Camus Productions
Camberley Theatre
2007Scarecrow
Theatre
The Wizard of Oz
Jane Roberts
Collingwood Productions
Kingston Theatre
2007Michael
Theatre
Witches of Eastwick
Andy Barker
Camus Productions
Camberley Theatre
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2011Drama & English with EducationCambridge University

    Additional Information

    For 'Othello', 2014:

    ★★★★ The Stage - "Ben Kavanagh gives an exceptional, note-perfect performance in the role, combining cold calculation with an insinuating charisma that charms and horrifies in equal measure."

    London Theatre - "One of the greatest treats within the play is Ben Kavanagh’s Iago...Kavanagh is cruel and flamboyant; timid and stern; he moves with an air of stillness, allowing the audience to, almost, see the wicked cogs turning his head."

    Everything Theatre - "Ben Kavanagh gave us an absolutely superb Iago, of ambiguous sexuality. This Iago was petulant, bitchy, and almost comically self-aware. Kavanagh’s delivery made the verse modern and comprehensible, and he complemented it with an array of impeccably timed moues, shrugs, arched eyebrows and sideways glances. Quite mesmerising!"

    Gizzle Review - "Though initially worried that this baby-faced actor [Ben Kavanagh as Iago] could succeed as the snake-tongued villain, this was in fact a very clever piece of casting - his Iago lives up to the moniker "honest Iago", a man you would never suspect. It's in his fourth wall breaking asides and monologues that he reveals his true eccentric self, offering comedy, charm and a deliciously clipped vocal delivery. His is a Machiavellian, perhaps even psychopathic, villain you can't help but love."

    For 'Boy Meets Boy', 2013:

    ★★★★★ West End Frame - "It was Ben Kavanagh who stole the show as Clarence Cutler. He plays the perfect villain. A good comedy actor only has to look at an audience to have them in stitches. This is something Ben excelled at."

    ★★★★★ The Public Reviews - "There's much laughter to be had…Ben Kavanagh's rejected Clarence, never has bitterness seemed so appealingly funny as biting one-liners and asides sparkle like diamonds"

    ★★★★★ Front Row Dress - "Watch out for Ben Kavanagh's hysterical scene stealing turn as would-be Machiavelli Clarence Cutler, what that boy does with a quip and a gap-toothed sneer should be bottled and sold over the counter at Boots as an anti-depressant."

    ★★★★★ UK Theatre Web - "The only down side is that there is so little seating that only a few will see it"

    ★★★★ The Independent - "All hilariously timed, throwaway disdain as the snooty, would-be Machiavellian millionaire, Ben Kavanagh is a baddie you adore to hate. An unexpected Christmas treat."

    ★★★★ WhatsonStage - "In a terrific ensemble cast, Kavanah shows terrific comic instincts"

    ★★★★ Time Out - "A hilarious Ben Kavanagh chews up the scenery and most of the stage as Guy's ex, the deliciously droll Clarence Cutler."

    ★★★★ Exeunt - "As Guy's jilted fiance Clarence, Ben Kavanagh is a malicious delight, stealing every scene he's in with petulant precision."

    ★★★★ Remote Goat - "Clarence is played by Ben Kavanagh - a young actor with terrific comedy timing and a nice line in swaggering and put downs."

    ★★★★ London Theatre - "The star of the show for me was Ben Kavanagh, bringing fabulous comic timing and delectable Machiavellian wit to the role of Cutler. Kavanagh is, without doubt, one to watch."

    ★★★★ British Theatre Guide - "Clarence may be the villain but Ben Kavanagh makes him one you love watching."

    ★★★★ The Upcoming - "Ben Kavanagh and Stephen Ashfield stand out as ones to watch out for in the future."

    ★★★★ PlaystoSee - "Ben Kavanagh steals the show in his performance of Clarence Cutler, Guy's jilted Bostonian millionaire, proudly proclaimed narcissist (his rendition of 'Me' is hilarious) and the couple's plotting saboteur."

    The Stage - "Beyond the romance there is the louche comic delivery of Ben Kavanagh, as jilted groom Clarence Cutler, providing many of the laugh-out-loud moments throughout the evening."

    A Younger Theatre - "There are terrific performances from the leading men… Ben Kavanagh stands out as the obnoxious Clarence Cutler, whining and conniving, with brilliant comedic timing."

    The Londoneer - "It's equally full of passion and laughs… Kavanagh relishes in the opportunity to trade knowing winks and smiles with the audience as he makes the most of the show's most acerbic and witty lines."

    Confessions Of A TheatreGirl - "Ben Kavanagh is without a doubt the second star of the show. He portrays the completely self-centred Clarence Cutler with just the right amount of humour and a twinkle in the eye. His hilariously funny rendition of "Me" has the audience in stitches but he never ridicules his character and makes sure Clarence isn't downgraded to a common laughing-stock. He's one of those "bad guys" you can't help but love."

    For 'Macbeth', 2012:

    A Younger Theatre - "Kavanagh’s Macbeth is so subtle every doubt whispered and every glance draws the audience inwards –it is impossible to resist. The directorial skill is so high, and Kavanagh’s acting (alongside an equally talented cast) so effective, that the audience are complicit in every single action that occurs onstage...Kavanagh engages the audience with such success that we feel involved yet helpless, swept up alongside Macbeth in his quest for power."

    For Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 26/10/10:

    Varsity - "Kavanagh was also vital at creating the play's tension, playing a wonderfully understated yet visibly at-a-loss Brick, moving believably from meek and laconic as he listens to his wife in the first act, to revelatory and tragic by the end of the production."

    For The Madness of George III, 20/10/09:

    Varsity - "Ben Kavanagh also deserves a mention. Playing the Prince of Wales as some sort of mega dandy, Kavanagh donned a pretty fruity waistcoat and had his collar turned-up to eleven. In fact, his feathered, blonde fringe and bronzed cheeks put me somewhat in mind of a young Judith Chalmers. Make no mistake though, Kavanagh's prince was a snake. Subtle, kind of mysterious, he was fantastic."

    For ADC/Footlights Pantomime 2009: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, 24/11/09:

    The Cambridge Student - "Ben Kavanagh's sexually frustrated genie, 'Jeanie,' with pierced belly button and wanton desire to have the sand well and truly rubbed out of her lamp, was also noteworthy, particularly for his singing performance- surely the most accomplished of the evening."

    For Waiting For Godot, 17/02/09:

    Varsity - "…this production was 100% definitely the best thing I've ever seen in Cambridge, and I can guarantee that it will 100% definitely be the best thing you see in Cambridge this term… Special mention must go to Ben Kavanagh as Vladimir. Kavanagh delivered the single best performance this jaded wanker has seen for a long time - a ball of nervous energy, hands clenching, eyes flickering, all the while making new sense out of some pretty dense material."

    The Cambridge Student - "Ben Kavanagh's Vladimir is exemplary. His Irish brogue, his irritability and dialogue could have walked straight from the purgatorial craggy island of Father Ted, and he carries the comedy."

    For The Dumb Waiter, 02/06/09:

    Varsity - "…sustained natural delivery and accurate accents were impressive… There was a great moment when Kavanagh knocked on the walls, checking if they were soundproof, and was answered by the bells of St Edward's from outside."

    About me

    Ben's experience in the theatre spans over ten years. Starting first in performance Ben also writes, directs, choreographs, designs and produces theatre and while at Cambridge University was involved with over twenty nine shows. Ben now pursues a career in acting having signed with Dallas Smith and Kirk Whelan- Foran at United Agents.

    Ben has was nominated for Best Male in the Offies for his performance of Clarence Cutler in 'Boy Meets Boy' at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • White
    Accents (International)
    • Australian
    • Dutch
    • French
    • German
    • Irish
    • Polish
    • Romanian
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Yiddish
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Panto
    • Presenting
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TIE/TYA
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    Interested in
    • Comedy
    • Commercials
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Improvisation
    • Panto
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Roleplay
    • Teaching Theatre
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TIE/TYA
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Accents (UK)
    • Birmingham
    • Cockney
    • Cornish
    • Essex
    • Lancashire
    • London
    • Northern England
    • Northern Irish
    • RP
    • Scottish, Standard
    • South London
    • Southern England
    • Welsh, Standard
    • Yorkshire
    Accents (North American)
    • Boston
    • Californian
    • Canadian
    • General American
    • Midwest Farm & Ranch
    • New York City
    • Southern American
    • Texas
    • Upper-Class Massachusetts
    General Dance Skills
    • Ballroom
    • Jazz
    • Latin American
    • Swing/Jive
    • Tango
    • Tap
    Hair Length
    • Mid Length
    Specific Singing Skills
    • Baritone
    • Tenor
    Perform nude?
    • Yes
    Stage Combat Skills
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    General Singing Skills
    • Advanced
    Native accent
    • English
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Character Types
    • Mischievous
    • Geeky
    • Free-spirited
    • Scruffy
    • Posh