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Ben Hollingsworth is the Canadian actor who portrays Quinn on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Benjamin "Ben" Hollingsworth was born on September 7, 1984[1] in Brockville, Ontario. His father is Brian "McPhee" Hollingsworth. Ben is of partial Irish ancestry.[3] He moved to Peterborough, Ontario at the age of twelve. Throughout St. Peter's Secondary School, Ben appeared in more than twenty different professional and regional theatre productions in the span of four years. While in school, performed with the Peterborough Theatre Guild and received a civic award for his work raising money for charity.[2]

At seventeen, he was offered a leading role as a mentally delayed youth living on the streets of Toronto in critically acclimated new play Frozen Dreams, by director and playwright Robert Ainsworth, that paved Ben's way to being accepted into the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal[4] directly from high school. In his final year in theatre school, Ben earned leading roles in all three productions presented at the Mounment National Theatre and garnished acclaim after being listed as one of the top ten performances of 2006 by The Hour.[5]

Shortly after graduating, Ben accepted the role of Lance Corporal Dawson in the Canadian Premier of Neptune Theatre's A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin, the creator of the West Wing. Under the direction of fellow National Theatre School graduate Ted Dykstra, he was nominated for a 2007 Robert Merritt Award. In 2007, after moving to Toronto, Ben wanted to take a break from theatre to focus on developing his film and television career and guest starred on CTV's popular hit series Degrassi: The Next Generation as well as TBS's comedy Lovebites. During September 2007, Ben teamed up with another Degrassi actor, director Stuart Gillard, and ABC's Heroes star Matt Lanter, in the MGM Studios film The Cutting Edge III. After that, Ben guest starred in the CBC television series Heartland and made a return to stage as Andy in Theatre Passe Muraille's Last Days of Graceland in February 2008.[5] He caught the lead male role on 2009 CW drama series The Beautiful Life: TBL as freshly new male model Chris Andrews co-starring alongside actresses Mischa Barton and Sara Paxton, but the show aired only two episodes before being cancelled because of poor ratings. The remaining produced episodes are viewable online on YouTube.[6] He was also on 2013 mystery drama Cult, which also aired on The CW, portraying producer Peter Grey.

After two years of dating, Ben married lingerie designer and Bar Method exercise teacher Nila Myers. He proposed to her on September 7, 2012, which was incidentally also his own birthday. They had a November wedding ceremony in the same year.[1]


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