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Ben Wheeler BSC

Category: Full Accredited

Role: Director of Photography

Websites: IMDb and

United Agents

At the age of 13, I joined The Children’s Film Unit - an educational Charity offering children aged 10-16 the opportunity to learn all aspects of film making- which quickly ignited my lasting passion for Cinematography.
Shooting feature films on 16mm over the school holidays, funded by a combination of charitable donations & Channel 4 on which the movies were broadcast, this was my first foray into the art & craft of Cinematography and the beginning of my journey.

Having spent most of my teens as a keen skateboarder, including making the now cult skate film ‘The South Bank Video’ on the mighty VHS-C, I decided to take my role more seriously...

In 1998 after 4 fruitful years as a Camera Assistant at SW London based camera house The Cruet Company where I was lucky enough to meet & work with some of the finest documentary camera crews of the era- Mike Eley BSC, Sean Bobbit BSC amongst others, I was offered the chance to become Cruet’s in-house Cameraman but decided I wanted to expand my horizons so went freelance, spending the next few years working closely with multi award winning documentary cameramen Andrew Muggleton & Colin Fox absorbing all I could from the experience, before transferring to the world of television comedy.

There, I worked alongside the late great Dick Dodd BSC on a number of projects initially as Focus Puller, but was quickly promoted to become his 2nd Unit DP, before gaining my first credit as main DP on Series 2 of BAFTA winning comedy The Smoking Room for BBC2 in 2005.

I continued to shoot Comedy for many years, DP’ing some of the most iconic Comedy TV Shows of the era including Peep Show, The Thick Of It & The Inbetweeners, going on to shoot both award winning The Inbetweeners Movies for theatrical release, the first of which went on to become the most successful British comedy movie of all time.

Extensive experience of both Documentary & Comedy had taught me to manipulate light in a naturalistic style, alongside intuitive handheld work, camera movement & dramatic understanding through visual storytelling, all within the budgetary & time constraints of British Television. Following my signing with United Agents in 2012, my attention shifted to TV Drama.

I have since gone on to shoot numerous high profile, critically acclaimed shows for various broadcasters including The Durrells, Back To Life, White House Farm. Alex Rider, Temple & most recently the BBCs Christmas ratings buster The Tourist, picking up a GTC ‘Award For Excellence’ for my work on Dr Foster along the way.

With influences ranging from almost every Cinematographers favourite Conrad Hall, through Gordon Willis, Roger Deakins, Darius Khondji & Emmanuel Lubezki, to photographers such as Todd Hido, Tom Wood, William Eggleston & Saul Leiter, I bring passion, professionalism, craft & artistry to all of my projects, without forgetting how lucky I am to be here...