Who is Ben Hardy from 'Love at First Sight'? You've certainly seen him before

Ben Hardy stars in Netflix's most anticipated rom-com of the year, but what do we know about him? Let's get to know the rising star

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It's not often people look forward to visiting JFK Airport, but Ben Hardy's character in the Netflix rom-com Love At First Sight manages to find romance in between terminals and TSA checkpoints. 

The book-turned-movie premieres on the streaming platform on Friday, September 15, and since we're all caught up on Selling the OC season 2, we've decided to switch gears from the drama and get lost in the swoon-worthy story. But it got us thinking: who is Ben Hardy, exactly, and where have we seen him before? Let's find out!

Who is Ben Hardy from 'Love at First Sight'?

Born in Bournemouth, United Kingdom, the British actor has been in a variety of roles that span across genres, but perhaps his biggest break came in 2018. (More on that in a bit.) He graduated Central School of Speech and Drama and his career took off from there. 

Along with the buzzy Netflix flick—an adaptation of the Jennifer E. Smith book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight—Hardy stars in the 2023's queer romance Unicorns, which premiered at the 2023 Toronto Film Festival. Hardy and his partner in the film, Jason Patel, formed a close friendship off-screen, but a convincing romance on-screen.

"But I think it is like when you fall in love, sometimes you meet someone, you hit it off and things go from there. I think if you don't have that on screen, it shows," he told People. "But I'm not saying we're in love!"

Ben Hardy movies and TV shows

The actor took on the role of fellow Brit and iconic musician Roger Taylor in 2018's Bohemian Rhapsody, but you have likely also seen him as Archangel in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse and as Sebastian in 2021's erotic thriller, The Voyeurs, on Amazon Prime.

 Hardy has also made his way onto TV, where he played Peter Beale in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He's also starred in several BBC miniseries, including 2018's The Woman in White and 2021's The Girl Before. 

Can Ben Hardy play the drums?

Did Ben Hardy pick up a few tips after playing Queen's drummer? As it turns out, he wasn't skilled at the instrument at all but had convinced director Bryan Singer that he was meant to play the part...even if he didn't know what he was doing. 

"You can cheat the other instruments with camera angles, but in the wide shots you can see if the drum is out of sync," Hardy told People. So I told him I could play the drums—which I couldn’t at the time."

Looks like it all managed to work out!

Ben Hardy Instagram: what's his handle?

You and Ben's nearly one million followers can journey alongside the actor for football games, pet snaps and more at @benhardy. Though the actor has claimed that he needs to "stop taking dog selfies," we highly disagree. 

Ben Hardy age: how old is he?

Born on January 2, 1991, Ben is 32 years old, and a Capricorn (for the astrologically-minded).

Ben Hardy girlfriend: is he dating anyone now?

Naturally, since Hardy's about to star in a super-sweet rom-com, we had a few questions about his dating life. While we were scoping out Selena Gomez's dating situation, Kit Conner's current romance, and Madelyn Cline's status, we did some digging and uncovered that the Love At First Sight star had a very busy romantic past. 

He had been linked to Katriona Perrett for about eight years, followed by a short romance with Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel fame in 2020 and Jessica Plummer from 2021 to 2023. Although Hardy and Plummer kickstarted their romance on the set of EastEnders, sources claim their schedules were too busy to maintain a relationship.

At this time, it would appear as if the star is single. More on that front if news breaks...

Catch Love at First Sight on Netflix beginning Friday, September 15.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.