Benjamin Dennis Scott Sutherland [May 24, 1990] is a Canadian actor and writer based in Toronto, Ontario.
Sutherland was born in Victoria, British Columbia and raised in the town of Sidney, British Columbia. His father, Darren Sutherland, is an electrical contractor, and his mother, Stephanie Sutherland, is a secretary and homemaker. He has a younger brother, Joshua, a younger sister, Mollynda, and has described his family as being “very loving and supportive”.
Growing up he played competitive sports such as soccer, volleyball, and baseball. He has said that “[his] dream job has always been to play hockey in the NHL”. However, his family could not afford to put both he and his brother into hockey when they were young. As he got older, his main focus shifted to baseball and he attended Lambrick Park Secondary School’s Diamond for Excellence Baseball Academy for the duration of his secondary education. His baseball career was cut short however, when he was injured in a regular season baseball game. He was in early scholarship talks with two Ivy League universities at this time.
While injured, his brother encouraged him to take a drama course during his senior year, which he did. He says that, “[he] made the decision to be an actor after seeing Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking” (1995), later that year.
After graduation in 2008, Sutherland chose to start a carpentry apprenticeship and began building custom residential homes on Vancouver Island, in many cases, working along side his father and his father’s electrical company. During the day he would work construction, and in the evenings he would go to theatres, such as The Belfry and Langham Court, for rehearsals. It was during this time that he trained in Vancouver with two world-renowned acting coaches Andrew McIlroy and Larry Moss. He ended his carpentry apprenticeship in 2013, with six weeks remaining before his journeyman certification, in order to pursue acting full-time.
In 2013, Sutherland began training at two of the most prestigious drama schools in the world. In the summer, he studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England, focusing on contemporary theatre, and in the fall, he began the three-year conservatory program at The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) as one of six male actors selected that year.
In August of 2015, his first play ‘Altered’, co-written with Alice Snaden, premiered in Prescott, Ontario. Later that same year in October, his second play ‘Total Liquidation’, which he co-wrote with Jordan Tannahill as part of an ensemble collaboration, premiered in Montreal, Quebec.
Sutherland first ventured into film through music videos for local musicians in British Columbia, and short films that he created with friends. His Ontario film debuts came with the productions of Bruce McDonald’s short film, Ashram ’69, and The National Geographic’s tv docu-drama, Cradle to Grave. He has since been featured in television programs such as Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Shadowhunters and Mayday. In February 2017, he starred alongside Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell in Hallmark’s romantic comedy, Love Locks.
His theatre credits range from Shakespearian villains such as Richard III (Richard III) and Claudius (Hamlet), to Prince Hal (Henry IV – Part One) and Paris (Romeo & Juliet), as well as contemporary roles such as Owen Melville (The Melville Boys by Norm Foster) and Marmaduke (Orlando by Sarah Ruhl). He has also originated the roles of Rouke in Michaela Jeffery’s The Listening Room, Jackson Lewis (Total Liquidation), He (Altered), and Joe in Maria Milisavljevic’s Peace River Country.
Currently you can catch Benjamin onstage at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ontario, in their production of A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin.