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Ben Price
Born (1972-06-30) 30 June 1972 (age 51)
Birmingham, England
Alma mater Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Known for Casualty (1996, 2005–2007)
Footballers Wives (2004–2005)
Coronation Street (2009–)
Alexandra Wheeler
(m. 2005)
Children 2

Ben Price (born 30 June 1972) is a British actor, director and writer. He has played the role of Nick Tilsley in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and has made four films as a writer/director, the first of which, I'm Sorry To Tell You, was BAFTA-shortlisted.

Early life

Price grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he attended Gosforth East Middle School and Gosforth High School before taking acting classes at the Live Theatre. He then attended London's Drama Centre and graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1996.


Price started his career at the Manchester Royal Exchange, and went on to appear at the Bush in London, the Gate in Dublin and Sheffield Crucible among others. He made his first appearance on television, in a 1996 episode of Casualty, before guest roles in Soldier Soldier, Heartbeat, Peak Practice, and an episode of the Australian soap opera, Home and Away, in 1998, when the show filmed a storyline in England.

After starring in Wire in the Blood, he played Conrad Gates, captain of Earl's Park football team, in the British television series Footballers' Wives. After leaving the show at the end of the fourth series, he went on to appear in Dancing at Lughnassa at the Gate theatre, Dublin.

He co-stars in the horror film Blood Trails, which won the audience award for best feature at the Dead by Dawn International Horror Film Festival 2006 in Edinburgh.

He returned to Casualty and starred as corporate director Nathan Spencer between 2005 and 2007, and was recently voted one of the ten actors most likely to succeed in Hollywood by Stage and Screen magazine. Price appeared on the July 2006 cover of Out magazine.

In 2009 he appeared in the third season of showtimes hit show The Tudors, playing the martyr John Lambert.

Price joined Coronation Street as Nick Tilsley in 2009. He began filming on 19 October 2009 and was seen on screen for the first time on 21 December 2009.

Ben's first 4 films have played at over 60 International Film festivals, 25 of which were BAFTA- or Academy-qualifying. His first short, "I'm Sorry To Tell You", was shortlisted at BAFTA and is distributed worldwide by Shorts International. His second film, "Taubman", was shown at the Oscar-qualifying Athens Film Festival, opened the Manchester film festival and was shown as part of a special section at the BAFTA qualifying Jewish Film Festival. His latest film, “Hope Dies Last”, is part of the British Film Council short support scheme. BAFTA- and Oscar-qualified, it is currently touring the international festival circuit. In 2020 he filmed "3 Minutes of Silence" funded by the BFI and starring Bella Ramsey and Molly Wright. It's gone onto International recognition and has formed the basis for a Feature Film funded by the BFI.

On 27 January 2017 it was announced he would be leaving the role of Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street later in 2017. On 23 April 2018 it was announced Price would be returning to Coronation Street in summer 2018 and would appear on screen from autumn 2018 following a year away from the role.

Price has a podcast called Sofa Cinema Club with Coronation Street co-stars Jack P. Shepherd and Colson Smith.

Personal life

Price married Alexandra Wheeler in 2005. The marriage resulted in 2 children.


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Flyfishing James
2006 Blood Trails Chris
2015 I'm Sorry To Tell You Director/Writer Finalist for Best Short Film at One Shot Movie Festival
2016 Taubman Director/Writer
2017 Hope Dies Last Director/Writer Won Best Period Piece at HollyShorts Film Festival

Nominated for Best Short Film at Manhattan Short Film Festival

Nominated for Best Short Film at Cambridge Film Festival

2020 3 Minutes of Silence Director/Writer Supported by the BFI


Year Show Role Notes
1996 Casualty Jimmy Sellars Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
1997 Soldier Soldier Fus Chris Howden Episode: "The Road to Damascus"
Underworld Runner Episode No. 1.4
1998 Supply & Demand Jonathon
Home and Away Geoffrey Burns Series 11, Episode 56 (Episode No. 2351)
Heartbeat John Fraser Episode: "Where There's a Will"
1999 Peak Practice Tom Wise Episode: "Fighting Chance"
Hope & Glory Mr. Jakes Episodes No. 1.1 and No. 1.2
Bugs Wymark Episodes: "Money Spiders" and "The Enemy Within"
2000 Badger Dion Episodes: "The Price of a Daughter" and "Cock o' the Walk"
2001 Table 12 David Episode: "Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner"
2002 Wire in the Blood Michael Jordan Episode: "The Mermaids Singing"
2004–2005 Footballers' Wives Conrad Gates Series regular
2005 The Bill Greg Webster Episode No. 343
2005–2007 Casualty Nathan Spencer Series regular
2009 The Tudors John Lambert Season 3 Episode 6 : "Search for a New Queen"
2009–2017, 2018– Coronation Street Nick Tilsley Series regular, 1,000+ episodes
2013 Driven to Extremes Narrator


Year Title Role Notes
1996 All's Well That Ends Well Matthew Lloyd Manchester Royal Exchange
1997 Shoe Shop of Desire James Christopher Critics up for review, BAC
1998 Entertaining Mr Sloane Richard Beecham Bolton Octagon
1999 Svejk Dhalia Ibelhauptatie The Gate Theatre
1999 The Backroom Jonathon Llyod The Bush
2001 On the Razzle Peter Wood Chichester Festival Theatre
2003 Iphegenia Anna Mackmin Sheffield Crucible
2010 Dancing at Lughnasa Joe Dowling The Gate Dublin

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2006 12th National Television Awards Most Popular Newcomer Casualty Nominated
2010 The British Soap Awards ... Male Coronation Street Nominated
2010 TV Choice Awards Best Soap Newcomer Shortlisted
2011 All About Soap Bubble Awards Best Love Triangle (shared with Jane Danson and Chris Gascoyne) Nominated
2013 Inside Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated
2014 19th National Television Awards Serial Drama Performance Nominated
2014 The British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated
2015 TV Choice Awards Best Soap Actor Nominated
2016 21st National Television Awards Serial Drama Performance Nominated
2016 The British Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated
2016 Inside Soap Awards Best Actor Nominated
2017 22nd National Television Awards Serial Drama Performance Nominated
2017 Inside Soap Awards Best Exit Nominated
2019 Inside Soap Awards Best Bad Boy Nominated
2021 Inside Soap Awards Best Partnership (shared with Danson) Nominated

See also

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