Ben Bass landed his first television gig on the hit ‘80s series “21 Jump Street” and has since starred in an exceptionally wide range of television, theatre and film hits. He currently stars on ABC’s hit television series “Rookie Blue” as Detective Sam Swarek, a role for which he received a 2014 Canadian Screen Award Nomination for (Shaw Media Award – Best Performance by an actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role).
He starred in the critically acclaimed “Would Be Kings” and “The Eleventh Hour” (each garnering him Canadian television Gemini nominations for Best Actor), in addition to appearances on “Law & Order,” “Flashpoint,” “Monk,” “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” “Queer as Folk,” “Dead Like Me,” “The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess,” “Beggars & Choosers” and “The Chris Isaak Show,” among many others.
On stage, Bass has performed in theatres and festivals across the country, including The Stratford Festival and Charlottetown Festival. He has acted in both classic and contemporary productions such as “Othello,” “Hamlet,” “Comedy of Errors” and “The Miracle Worker.” His portrayal of Tim in the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre’s production of “Angry Housewives” earned him a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Performance.
Bass received his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in England and has studied with acclaimed director and acting coach Larry Moss. He divides his time between Toronto, Los Angeles and London with his wife, Laura.