Ben Thompson was born 1st June 1992 in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester and appeared on Coronation Street as Ryan Connor between August 2006 and October 2010 (the role was recast and portrayed by Sol Heras upon the character's return between July 2012 and October 2013).
Between the ages of eight and thirteen he attended the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop in Bury, and completed his formal secondary education at Radcliffe Riverside High School. He made his screen debut in the 2002 film Re-inventing Eddie.
Other credits include roles in TV movies 10:96: Training Night, The Girls Who Came to Stay and the 2015 feature film National Theatre Live: Treasure Island, in which he was also involved on the other side of the camera in the animation department.
He is a member of the Rusholme Ruffians, an indie group who are largely influenced by established Manchester bands. After studying at SSR (School of Sound Recording) in Manchester, he went on to work at Blueprint Studios in Salford.