Scott Speedman

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Famously known for his portrayal of Ben Covington in the show, “Felicity”, Robert Scott Speedman was born on September 1, 1975 in London, England to Mary Campbell and Roy Speedman. The family moved to Toronto, Ontario, when Speedman was only four. Growing up, he was an outstanding swimmer and was a part of the Canadian Junior National Swim Team. Despite making it to the ninth position in the Olympic Trials in 1992, he unfortunately suffered a neck injury which made him discontinue swimming. After graduation from Earl Haig High School, he enrolled himself in the University of Toronto in 1994, but soon dropped out to pursue acting.

Partly as a dare, Speedman appeared on “Speaker’s Corner”, which was a Canadian television show where people were paid to speak about their views on air. There he admitted his desire to become an actor which subsequently landed him an audition for the movie, “Batman Forever” as Robin in 1995. Even though he failed to land the part, Speedman was even more determined to get his acting career started and soon got himself an agent.

Soon Speedman was seen auditioning for various television shows and movies in Canada and he finally landed roles in television shows like “Nancy Drew” and “Net Worth”. Some more minor television roles followed after which he got the offer to do the movie, “Kitchen Party” in 1997. Up till now, his work was largely unnoticed however he finally got his break in 1998 when he received the call to audition for the drama series, “Felicity” in which he was to play Ben Covington starring opposite to Keri Russell. It wasn’t long that Speedman’s laid back charm and good looks earned him a massive fan following and he soon gained popularity in America. He also started receiving more offers to work in movies and shows.

In 2000, he was offered a role in the movie, “Duets” starring next to Gwyneth Paltrow. After the success of “Felicity” which ran for four years, Speedman quickly embarked on new projects. In 2002, he was offered the role of a naïve L.A.P.D detective who gets entangled in corruption, in the movie, “Dark Blue”.  Despite his solid performance, the film did not generate much interest at the box office. Speedman then appeared in the drama, “My Life Without Me”, playing the role of a husband of a critically ill woman. His work for the drama won him a “Golden Wave Award”, proving himself as a competent dramatic actor.

Scott Speedman’s next project was a major role in the movie, “Underworld” in 2003 where he played a vampire and werewolf hybrid. His work was greatly appreciated amongst his fans and earned him a “Saturn Award”. More movies followed, some of which include, “The 24th Day” and “XXX: State of the Union”. Following the success of the movie, “Underworld”, Speedman was asked to appear in the sequel, “Underworld: Evolution” in 2006. In 2008, he also appeared in the movies, “The Strangers” and “Adoration”. In 2010, he appeared in the movie, “Good Neighbors” with fellow Canadian actor, Jay Baruchel. Following in 2012, Speedman’s footage from “Underworld” series were used in the movie, “Underworld: Awakening”.

Some of his more recent works include the movies, “The Vow” in 2012 and “Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster” also in 2012. In 2014, he also appeared in the movie, “Out of the Dark” next to Julia Stiles.

 


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