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Ben Ayres : Eric

Benjamin Ayres is a leading performer in the film and television industry, well known for slipping seamlessly between genres. After two seasons as a series regular on the CTV hit series "Dan For Mayor," Ayres nabbed the role of Dr. Zachary Miller in the highly acclaimed CTV/NBC original series "Saving Hope" – playing the role for four seasons. He also plays Eric Blake on HBO Canada's Gemini Award winning series "Less Than Kind" for which Benjamin recently received a Canadian Screen Award nomination.

During his early twenties, Benjamin studied at The Lyric School of Acting under the direct mentorship of studio head Michele Lonsdale Smith. He later collaborated with her as a performer in a wide range of theatrical productions; including multiple mountings of Eric Bogosian's one man play "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll," Judith Thompson's "Lion in the Streets" and August Strindberg's "Miss Julie." Ayres became one of Vancouver's most in-demand stage actors and was approached to originate the role of Tench in the world premiere of Raul Inglis's "In The Eyes of God" and again in Inglis's next original play, "Surveillance."

Originally from Kamloops, British Columbia, Ayres is possibly still best known for his role as Cancer Cowboy, the chain-smoking sex addict with a morbid death obsession, in the critically acclaimed cult hit CBC series "jPod," based on the Douglas Coupland novel of the same name. The role garnered him a Leo nomination in 2008.

Ayres has appeared in various guest starring and recurring roles on the following hit series: "Bitten," "Lost Girl," "The Vampire Diaries," "Flashpoint," "Combat Hospital," "Smallville," "Battlestar Galactica," and ABC miniseries, "Diamonds" and "Impact."