Harry Bernard "Ben" Cross was an English stage and film actor, voice actor, and producer.
He was born in London, to a working class Catholic family, with Irish ancestry. His mother was a cleaning woman and his father a doorman and nurse. He was educated at Bishop Thomas Grant Comprehensive School in Streatham, South London. He initially worked in manual jobs, including work as a window cleaner, waiter, and joiner. He worked as a carpenter for the Welsh National Opera, and was the Property Master at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. In 1970, at the age of 22, he was accepted into London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He also appeared as a CI5 agent in an episode of The Professionals. After graduating from RADA, Cross performed in several stage plays at Duke's Playhouse where he was seen in Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Death of a Salesman. He then joined the Prospect Theatre Company and played roles in Pericles, Twelfth Night, and Royal Hunt of the Sun. He joined the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and played leading roles in Mind Your Head and Irma La Douce – all at Leicester's Haymarket Theatre. His first big screen film appearance came in 1976 when he played Trooper Binns in Joseph E. Levine's World War II epic A Bridge Too Far.