Ben Barnes Talks about Playing Dual Characters That Are Nothing Like The Usual Roles

Ben Barnes
Ben Barnes

The London born actor Ben Barnes has made a name in Hollywood for quite some time now. His first notable role as Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was more than a decade ago and since then, he has considered Los Angeles as home and appeared in plenty of other series like Westworld, Sons of Liberty, and The Punisher. It had been way too long since he played an Englishman on screen and hence, it was a treat for his fans to watch him in the BBC series Gold Digger.

Ben Barnes in Gold Digger


Gold Digger is shot in Britain and Ben Barnes plays a Brit in a British setting with all British cast. “It was lovely to go back and shoot in England, with an all British cast, in a very intriguing small domestic style of storytelling”, he said in a telephonic interview. The actor started as a theatre artist where his first job was playing the drums in a musical when he was only 15.


Gold Digger is a family drama with a touch of thriller. Ben Barnes plays the character of Benjamin who is a 30 something copywriter. He meets Julia, a 60-year-old woman who has recently been divorced. Julia’s marriage ended due to her husband’s infidelity and she feels detached from her children as well. When she meets Benjamin, it is like he completes her in ways she never thought was possible. Their affair begins and the couple falls in love.

Though, Julia’s children are not fond of Benjamin and suspect that he has an ulterior motive behind dating Julia. Things get even more complicated when Julia learns that Benjamin has allegedly killed a shopkeeper. Benjamin explains that it was not him but actually his brother who had killed the shopkeeper. Upon the revelation, the couple leaves their past behind and live happily ever after.


Playing such a dual character is never an easy job. On one end, Ben Barnes had to create a sense of doubt in the viewers’ minds. He had to present himself as someone who had ulterior motives behind his actions that were not pure. On the other hand, he had to play this open-hearted character that was simply in love and in a relationship that was considered strange and unacceptable in society.

Ben Barnes Talks About Dual-Personality Characters

The actor said in an interview, “It’s difficult to describe any one human being in just a few words. I like digging deep”. Talking about the dual personality characters he plays, he added, “I think that’s one of the things I like to do with those characters… if he seems like a villain on the page, I think of what makes him feel heroic; if he feels powerful on the page, what makes him feel vulnerable; if he feels melancholy on the page, what makes him feel joyful. So for me, just finding the opposite in the characters is something that I’ve come to find appealing.”


Ben Barnes has always chosen characters and played the roles that he’d like to see himself on the screen. And we completely agree that we love to watch Ben Barnes playing such amazing characters on screen.

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