Jason GeorgeBen Warren
Jason George is an actor with over fifty guest star and nine series regular television roles to his credit in primetime television. Originally, George and his mentor—a Virginia Supreme Court Justice—had mapped out a career path in law. However, a college friend coaxed Jason into taking an acting class where he discovered his true calling on the stage. The career change paid off when George beat out 14,000 hopefuls in a nationwide search and landed his first major acting job on Aaron Spelling's Sunset Beach. Seen for the last five seasons of Grey's Anatomy as Miranda Bailey's husband, Dr. Ben Warren, Jason now joins the cast as a series regular. George is also known for his work as a regular on ABC's Mistresses with Alyssa Milano, Eve, and Eli Stone with Victor Garber and Jonny Lee Miller, and films such as Playing the Field with Gerard Butler. Other projects include With this Ring with Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall, Witches of East End, The Climb, or Barbershop with Anthony Anderson and Ice Cube. Jason will next be seen as Halle Berry's husband in the upcoming film Kidnap.
A classically trained theater actor, George's most recent stage work had him starring in the well-received but controversial production of 12 Angry Men at the Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California. The play, with its half-white, half-black cast, won the NAACP Theater Award for Best Production and Jason had the honor of playing Juror #8, the role made famous by Henry Fonda and Jack Lemon in film versions. In a prior stage outing, George played the lead in U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove's epic drama, The Darker Face of the Earth. The play relocates Sophocles's Oedipus Rex to the plantation south in 1820 and received accolades from The Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter.
When not on stage or in front of the camera, George's passion turns to educating and engaging with other artists and young people. He has lectured, hosted panels, or given keynote and commencement speeches for many at-risk youth groups, schools and universities such as The University of Virginia, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Philadelphia's Youth Study Center, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and The Paley Center for Media (fka The Museum of Television and Radio). After receiving a BA from the University of Virginia, Jason went on to get his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Temple University and served on the Board for Temple's School of Communications and Theater. However, George has spent much of his free time in support of his fellow actors by serving on the Frank Nelson Memorial Sick and Benefit Fund as well as the National Boards of both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists—now merged into SAG-AFTRA. He is currently the chair of the national union's Diversity Advisory committee, has been Chair or Co-Chair of the legacy unions' National or Hollywood EEO Committees and has been part of the unions' negotiating teams for the last several prime-time television and film contracts where he has been instrumental in helping protect performers and championing diversity. Jason is extremely pleased to put all of this experience to work in COLLABORATIONS WORKSHOP, a weekly work space he hosts for actors to further their craft and their career.
Miranda Bailey, golfing, Halloween, talking in his sleep
Personal drama and gossip, not enough family time, an unhappy Bailey
Time and distance aren't forces that keep Ben Warren away from pursuing true love. After quitting his job at UCLA to be with Miranda Bailey and her son Tuck, he quickly fell in love with domestic life and has been happy in Seattle ever since.