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Scott Speedman (born September 1, 1975) is a British-born Canadian film and television actor. He is best known for playing Ben Covington in the coming-of-age television drama Felicity and Lycan-Vampire hybrid Michael Corvin in the gothic horror/action Underworld films. Speedman was born Robert Scott Speedman in London, England to Scottish parents Mary Campbell, an elementary school teacher and champion runner, and Roy Speedman, a department store buyer. He has a younger sister, Tracy, who is now a teacher of grade 6 and 7 English. At the age of four, he and his family moved to Toronto, Canada.
His big break came when he got a call from a casting agent in the United States that wanted him to audition for a new television series called Felicity. Portraying brooding college student Ben Covington opposite overnight star Keri Russell as Felicity, Speedman received much acclaim on the popular series. Soon after Felicity, Speedman began to get offers for more prominent roles while working on the series. In 2000, Speedman landed the role of Billy Hannan opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the film Duets.
After ending a four-year run on Felicity, Speedman quickly found success on the big screen. In 2003 he landed a role opposite Kurt Russell in the critically acclaimed cop-drama Dark Blue, portraying an inexperienced L.A.P.D. detective caught in a web of corruption. Next, Speedman portrayed the husband of a terminally ill woman opposite fellow Canadian and high-school alum Sarah Polley in the critically acclaimed independent drama My Life Without Me. Speedman won a "Golden Wave Award" for his work on the film. Landing his first major starring role in a feature that same year, Speedman appeared opposite Kate Beckinsale in the supernatural thriller Underworld. Making an impression on audiences in the stylized vampire-werewolf pic, Speedman was honored with a Saturn Award in the category "Cinescape Face of the Future Award". Then, he went on to star alongside James Marsden in the thriller The 24th Day and opposite Ice Cube in XXX: State of the Union. Upon the success of the first Underwold film, Speedman reprised his role as Michael Corvin in the 2006 sequel Underworld: Evolution. Speedman appeared with Liv Tyler in the 2008 horror thriller The Strangers, and also alongside Rachel Blanchard in Adoration, directed by Atom Egoyan. In July 2009, it was reported that Speedman will star alongside Dustin Hoffman among others in the film adaption of Barney`s Version. Pre-production begins in August 2009 with filming to take place in Rome, New York and Canada. During his run on Felicity, he and actress Keri Russell began dating. They broke up in 2001.
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Robert Scott Speedman
Robert Scott Speedman (born September 1, 1975) is a British-Canadian film and television actor. He is known for playing Ben Covington in the coming-of-age drama television series Felicity and Lycan–Vampire hybrid Michael Corvin in the gothic horror–action Underworld films. His other film work includes Duets, Dark Blue, xXx: State of the Union, Anamorph, The Strangers, Barney's Version, The Vow, and The Monster. He currently stars as Barry "Baz" Blackwell in the TNT crime drama series, Animal Kingdom.
Earl Haig Secondary School
University of Toronto, York University, Toronto
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Gary Goddard Agency Ltd.
Appearing in Gap print ads for Fall 2003 collection
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