Ben Crystal

Ben is an actor and writer. He studied English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University before training at Drama Studio London.

He has worked in TV, film and theatre, including at the reconstructed Shakespeare’s Globe, London, and has narrated for RNIB Talking Books, Channel 4 and the BBC.

He co-wrote Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with David Crystal, and his first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard was published in 2008 (Icon). He was shortlisted for Educational Writer of the Year in 2010.

He regularly gives workshops on performing and speaking Shakespeare via Passion in Practice.

He lives in London and online at and @twitter