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Ben Radcliffe set for Hollywood stardom after starring in Netflix drama Anatomy of a Scandal

Ben Radcliffe set for Hollywood stardom after starring in Netflix drama Anatomy of a Scandal

He will play a character who is the epitome of privilege: an Oxford University student, future MP and member of the infamous Bullington Club.

But Ben Radcliffe’s real life is far from that of aristocratic drinking clubs and upper-class hallowed halls that he will star in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal, which airs next week.

The 23-year-old actor will star as a young version of James Whitehouse in the psychological thriller, which is described as one of the highly anticipated releases of the year.

Ben grew up in Leeds, his mother is a cruise ship dancer and his father a fruit machine salesman.

After landing acting roles as a child, he attended Sylvia Young Theater School in Marylebone, central London, followed by Hurtwood House, both on scholarship – and says he spent his time with the elite organizations to build character.

Ben Radcliffe's (pictured) real life is far from that of aristocratic drinking clubs and upper-class hallowed halls that he will star in Netflix's Anatomy of a Scandal, which airs next week

Ben Radcliffe’s (pictured) real life is far from that of aristocratic drinking clubs and upper-class hallowed halls that he will star in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal, which airs next week

Banita Sandhu, who stars in Pandora alongside Ben, is pictured at dunhill's pre-BAFTA filmmakers dinner and party at dunhill House

Banita Sandhu, who stars in Pandora alongside Ben, is pictured at dunhill’s pre-BAFTA filmmakers dinner and party at dunhill House

Speaking to Tatler, he explained how Hurtwood House, which he describes as “a posh boarding school in the Surrey Hills,” offered “a little bit of insight into that world.”

‘My roommate’s uncle was called Aliko Dangote [a Nigerian business magnate] which was worth £25 million. There was serious wealth.’

Anatomy of a Scandal, based on Sarah Vaughan’s novel of the same name, follows Sophie Whitehouse (Sienna Miller) and her husband James (the older version played by Rupert Friend), a minister accused of sexually assaulting a young political aide named Olivia. (Naomi Scott).

The six-part series focuses on the trial and his attempts to prove his innocence as Sophie struggles to consider that her husband may not be the man she thought he was.

His Instagram shows him surfing, hanging out with friends at glitzy parties and traveling the world including trips to Thailand, Iceland, Italy, Spain and France.

His Instagram shows him surfing, hanging out with friends at glitzy parties and traveling the world including trips to Thailand, Iceland, Italy, Spain and France.

The 23-year-old actor will star as a young version of James Whitehouse in the psychological thriller, described as one of the highly anticipated releases of the year.  He is depicted in the show

The 23-year-old actor will star as a young version of James Whitehouse in the psychological thriller, which is described as one of the highly anticipated releases of the year. He is depicted in the show

Ben grew up in Leeds, his mother is a cruise ship dancer and his father a fruit machine salesman.  He is pictured at a fair

Ben grew up in Leeds, his mother is a cruise ship dancer and his father a fruit machine salesman. He is pictured at a fair

Ben, who is unrelated to Harry Potter actor Daniel, stars as James in his college days, where he is a member of the infamous Bullingdon Club.

The drinking association, which had famous members including David Cameron and Boris Johnson, only lets in the sons of aristocrats and the super-rich. Members are known for drinking riotous all day and wreaking havoc in Oxford, with sordid tales of members breaking up restaurants and burning £50 bills in front of the homeless.

“It was pretty hard to find sympathy for a character so arrogant and entitled,” Ben told Harper’s Bazaar.

“For the most part, he’s a good person, but his background informs like this view of the world he has, where he feels he can’t do anything wrong. So it was difficult to find sympathy for him.’

After landing acting roles as a child, he attended Sylvia Young Theater School in Marylebone, central London, followed by Hurtwood House, both on scholarship – and says he spent his time with the elite organizations to build character.  He is pictured at the Vanity Fair Bafta party

After landing acting roles as a child, he attended Sylvia Young Theater School in Marylebone, central London, followed by Hurtwood House, both on scholarship – and says he spent his time with the elite organizations to build character. He is pictured at the Vanity Fair Bafta party

Ben also told Tatler how to tap into the memories of those he grew up with to channel Oxford culture in the 1980s and 1990s.  He was photographed on vacation

Ben also told Tatler how to tap into the memories of those he grew up with to channel Oxford culture in the 1980s and 1990s. He was photographed on vacation

Ben's Instagram shows him on exotic trips around the world, including to Iceland, he is pictured at the Blue Lagoon

Ben’s Instagram shows him on exotic trips around the world, including to Iceland, he is pictured at the Blue Lagoon

Ben, pictured playing gold, says he

Ben, pictured playing gold, says he “loves sports” and jokes that he has a “pushy stage mom” who would support his dreams of acting.

Speaking about the project, Ben spoke on his Instagram page: “I feel so lucky to have been a part of this show. Not only did I get to pour champagne over the walls with [fellow actor] Jake Simmance, but the story highlights some very topical themes such as permission, privilege, and power. I don’t think this show could be more relevant right now.”

Ben also told Tatler how to tap into the memories of those he grew up with to channel Oxford culture in the 1980s and 1990s.

Describing how he was the mother of an ex-girlfriend and one of the first influx of women into Oriel College, he added to the magazine, ‘It was really interesting to hear all the stories. Like, like them [the women] entered the dining room for the first time, all the boys sat in their chairs and chanted ‘no girls, no girls!’ So I definitely got a lot of first-hand research for the part.”

Although it's his first major role, Ben previously starred in the miniseries Hetty Feather and CW show Pandora - he just finished filming Masters of the Air - an American war drama produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and is currently working on a secret project - 'with an icon attached'.  Pictured on the set of Masters of the Air

Although it’s his first major role, Ben previously starred in the miniseries Hetty Feather and CW show Pandora – he just finished filming Masters of the Air – an American war drama produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and is currently working on a secret project – ‘with an icon attached’. Pictured on the set of Masters of the Air

Ben lives in trendy Earls Court in west London and does 'a lot of sports' including mini golf, tennis, squash

Ben lives in trendy Earls Court in west London and does ‘a lot of sports’ including mini golf, tennis, squash

Harry Lawtey and Ben Radcliffe attend dunhill's pre-BAFTA filmmakers dinner and party at dunhill House

Harry Lawtey and Ben Radcliffe attend dunhill’s pre-BAFTA filmmakers dinner and party at dunhill House

He jokes that he has a “pushy stage mom” who would support his dreams in acting.

‘My father would always take me on a two hour train to London on Mondays and then I would board for a week and then he would pick me up on Friday and take me back to Leeds,’ he explained.

Although it’s his first major role, Ben previously starred in the miniseries Hetty Feather and CW show Pandora – he just finished filming Masters of the Air – an American war drama produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and is currently working on a secret project – ‘with an icon attached’.

Outside of acting he lives a very glamorous life and showbiz parties and holidays all over the world.

He lives in trendy Earls Court in West London and practices ‘many sports’, including miniature golf, tennis and squash.

His Instagram shows him surfing, hanging out with friends at glitzy parties and traveling the world including trips to Thailand, Iceland, Italy, Spain and France.

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