Ben Schnetzer as Zeev Hirsch
Ben Schnetzer is a talented actor on the rise who consistently elevates his body of work by bringing dynamic characters to life in a wide range of film, theater and television roles. For his performance in Matthew Warchus’ Pride, opposite Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, he garnered two British Independent Film Awards nominations (Best Supporting Actor, Most Promising Newcomer).
Schnetzer recently wrapped production on Jean-Jacques Annaud’s 10-part Epix TV series “The Truth About Harry Quebert Affair,” co-starring Patrick Dempsey, Damon Wayans Jr. and Virginia Madsen. The series is based on the bestselling Swiss novel by Joël Dicker. Schnetzer also completed production on Sean Hanish’s Saint Judy, with Michelle Monaghan. The film is based on the true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood (Monaghan). Schnetzer plays a recent law-school graduate who helps Wood prepare for a pivotal case before the 9th Circuit. Now in postproduction is The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, with Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain; as well as Miranda de Pencier’s The Grizzlies, in which he plays the lead role.
Schnetzer’s other film credits include Oliver Stone’s Snowden, co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley; Bronwen Hughes’ The Journey Is the Destination, opposite Maria Bello; Andrew Neel’s Goat, alongside Nick Jonas; Duncan Jones’ Warcraft: The Beginning, opposite Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga; Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, with Sam Claflin and Max Irons; and Brian Percival’s The Book Thief, alongside Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush.
The actor made his film debut in the indie drama Ben’s Plan. He then landed a series-regular role on ABC’s “Happy Town,” about the kidnappings that occurred in a small town in Minnesota over the course of a decade.
Schnetzer began acting at age 11, when he played the Artful Dodger in a production of “Oliver.” He then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he appeared in numerous productions including “Oedipus,” “As You Like It,” “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Widower’s Houses.”
Schnetzer currently resides in New York City.