Having ever so slightly cheated to get an English literature and art history degree from Goldsmith’s in London, Ben joined Chief (neé Onward) in Manchester and quickly became a terrible production runner. We/they liked having him around so he was given a last chance as a director's assistant. Finally. There seemed to be a fit.
Ben then took to writing and to stand up comedy and it all clunked and creaked slowly into place. He’s been ‘One To Watch’ in Creative Review, co-won an enormous amount of bronze regional advertising awards and has directed some of his heroes - Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Gillian Anderson, Eric Cantona, Frank Sidebottom, Ricky Tomlinson, the entire main cast of Ted Lasso and whenever he can - himself. He does love a cameo.
Ben’s got a motorbike and a moustache now so if you’d like to collaborate with him, you best get in soon before the cool new him becomes a full blown mid-life crisis. “It’ll be absolutely fine, guys. Amazing things can come out of a crisis”. Ben Tonge.