Ben Frain is an English actor and freelance writer who played two minor roles on Coronation Street: firstly appearing as Paul Davies; friend and best man of Robert Preston when he married Tracy Barlow in November 1996. He returned to the programme in the autumn of 1999 as Philip Hodson, the on/off fiancé of Maxine Heavey's old school friend, Melanie Tindel.

After leaving University College, Salford in 1996 with a B.A.Hons in Media and Performance, he worked as a professional actor for five years as well as working in IT and new media and went onto establish "Spiral Film" in January 2000.

His other acting credits include roles in The Grand, Reckless:The Movie, Rhinoceros, Bernard's Watch, Where the Heart Is and Mersey Beat.

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