Ben Radcliffe is set for Hollywood stardom after starring in Netflix drama Anatomy of a Scandal

He’s set to play a character who epitomizes privilege – an Oxford University student, future MP and member of the infamous Bullington Club.

But Ben Radcliffe’s real life is a far cry from the aristocratic drinking societies and upper-class hallowed halls he’s set to play in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal which airs next week.

The actor, 23, will star as a young version of James Whitehouse in the psychological thriller, which has been described as one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

Ben grew up in Leeds, his mother a dancer on a cruise ship and his father a fruit machine salesman.

After landing acting roles as a child, he entered Sylvia Young Theater School in Marylebone, central London, then Hurtwood House, both on scholarships – and says he spent his time in the elite organizations to get into character.

Ben Radcliffe’s (pictured) real life is a far cry from the aristocratic drinks companies and hallowed halls of the upper class he’s set to play in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal which airs next week

Banita Sandhu who stars with Ben in Pandora is pictured at the dunhill pre-BAFTA Filmmakers Dinner and Party at dunhill House

Banita Sandhu who stars with Ben in Pandora is pictured at the dunhill pre-BAFTA Filmmakers Dinner and Party at dunhill House

Speaking to Tatler, he explained how Hurtwood House, which he describes as “a posh boarding school in the Surrey Hills”, offered “a little taste of that world”.

‘My roommate’s uncle was this guy called Aliko Dangote [a Nigerian business magnate] which was worth £25million. There was some serious wealth.

Based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan, Anatomy of a Scandal follows Sophie Whitehouse (Sienna Miller) and her husband James (the older version played by Rupert Friend), a minister accused of sexually assaulting a young political aide named Olivia (Naomi Scott).

The six-part series focuses on the trial and his attempts to prove his innocence as Sophie struggles to consider that her husband may not be the man she thought he was.

His Instagram shows him surfing, hanging out with friends on glitzy parties and traveling the world including Thailand, Iceland, Italy, Spain and France.

His Instagram shows him surfing, hanging out with friends on glitzy parties and traveling the world including Thailand, Iceland, Italy, Spain and France.

The actor, 23, will star as a young version of James Whitehouse in the psychological thriller, which has been described as one of the most anticipated releases of the year.  He is depicted in the show

The actor, 23, will star as a young version of James Whitehouse in the psychological thriller, which has been described as one of the most anticipated releases of the year. He is depicted in the show

Ben grew up in Leeds, his mother a dancer on a cruise ship and his father a fruit machine salesman.  He is pictured at a funfair

Ben grew up in Leeds, his mother a dancer on a cruise ship and his father a fruit machine salesman. He is pictured at a funfair

Ben, who is unrelated to Harry Potter actor Daniel, plays James in college days, where he is a member of the famous Bullingdon Club.

The drinking society, which counted David Cameron and Boris Johnson among its members, only lets in the sons of aristocrats and the super-rich. Members are well known for having riotous drinking sessions all day and wreaking havoc across Oxford, with sordid stories including members destroying restaurants and burning £50 notes in front of homeless people.

“It was pretty hard to find sympathy for such an arrogant and entitled character,” Ben told Harper’s Bazaar.

“For the most part he’s a good person, but his background informs like this worldview he has where he feels like he can’t do anything wrong.” So it was hard to find sympathy for him.

After landing acting roles as a child, he entered Sylvia Young Theater School in Marylebone, central London, then Hurtwood House, both on scholarships – and says he spent his time in the elite organizations to get into character.  He is pictured at the Vanity Fair Bafta party

After landing acting roles as a child, he entered Sylvia Young Theater School in Marylebone, central London, then Hurtwood House, both on scholarships – and says he spent his time in the elite organizations to get into character. He is pictured at the Vanity Fair Bafta party

Ben also told Tatler how he was able to tap into the memories of those he grew up with to channel Oxford culture in the 1980s and 1990s. He is pictured on holiday

Ben also told Tatler how he was able to tap into the memories of those he grew up with to channel Oxford culture in the 1980s and 1990s. He is pictured on holiday

Ben's Instagram shows him on exotic trips around the world, including Iceland, he is pictured at the Blue Lagoon

Ben’s Instagram shows him on exotic trips around the world, including Iceland, he is pictured at the Blue Lagoon

Ben, pictured playing gold, says he

Ben, pictured playing gold, says he ‘loves the sport’ and jokes he has a ‘pushy stage mum’ who would support his acting dreams.

Speaking about the project on his Instagram page, Ben explained, “I feel so lucky to have been a part of this show. Not only was I able to pour champagne all over the walls with [fellow actor] Jake Simmance but the story highlights very current themes like consent, privilege and power. I don’t think this show could be more relevant right now.”

Ben also told Tatler how he was able to tap into the memories of those he grew up with to channel Oxford culture in the 1980s and 1990s.

Describing how an ex-girlfriend’s mother was one of the first women at Oriel College, he added to the magazine: ‘It was really interesting to hear all the stories. Like, like they [the women] walked into the dining room for the first time all the guys were in their chairs chanting ‘no girls, no girls!’. So I certainly had a lot of first-hand research for the role.

Although this is his first major role, Ben has previously starred in the miniseries Hetty Feather and the CW show Pandora - he has just wrapped filming Masters of the Air - an American war drama produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and is currently working on a secret project.  - 'with an icon involved'.  Pictured on the set of Masters of the Air

Although this is his first major role, Ben has previously starred in the miniseries Hetty Feather and the CW show Pandora – he has just wrapped filming Masters of the Air – an American war drama produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and is currently working on a secret project. – ‘with an icon involved’. Pictured on the set of Masters of the Air

Ben lives in trendy Earls Court, West London, and convenient

Ben lives in trendy Earls Court, west London, and plays “a lot of sport”, including mini golf, tennis and squash.

Harry Lawtey and Ben Radcliffe attend Dunhill's Pre-BAFTA Filmmakers Dinner and Party at Dunhill House

Harry Lawtey and Ben Radcliffe attend Dunhill’s Pre-BAFTA Filmmakers Dinner and Party at Dunhill House

He jokes that he has a “pushy stage mother” who would support his acting dreams.

“My dad would take me on the two hour train to London on a Monday, then I would get on for the week, then he would pick me up on a Friday and drive me back to Leeds,” he explained.

Although this is his first major role, Ben has previously starred in the miniseries Hetty Feather and the CW show Pandora – he has just wrapped filming Masters of the Air – an American war drama produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and is currently working on a secret project. – ‘with an icon involved’.

Outside of the theater, he leads a very glamorous life and parties and vacations in the world of showbiz.

He lives in trendy Earls Court, west London, and plays “a lot of sport”, including mini golf, tennis and squash.

His Instagram shows him surfing, hanging out with friends on glitzy parties and traveling the world including Thailand, Iceland, Italy, Spain and France.

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