An aspiring escape artist, "Yorick Brown," portrayed by Ben Schnetzer, barely scrapes by teaching magic to wealthy kids. Overshadowed by his impressive parents and reckless sister, Yorick took on the role of people pleaser, confidant and class clown. Now an adult, his goofball persona is wearing thin and he can't even begin to unpack the emotional scars it helps him ignore. He's an old school romantic, deeply in love with his high school sweetheart and desperate to reunite with her when disaster causes their separation.
Schnetzer was last seen starring on Broadway in The Nap, a Daniel Sullivan-directed production at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The play follows “Dylan Spokes,” a young snooker player in a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing.
In 2016, Schnetzer was seen in Andrew Neel’s Goat opposite Nick Jonas. Prior to that, he was seen in Golden Globe® nominated Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus alongside a cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West.
Additional credits include Sean Hanish’s Saint Judy opposite Michelle Monaghan; Xavier Dolan’s The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, alongside Kit Harington, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton and Jared Keeso; Miranda de Pencier’s The Grizzlies; José Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe opposite Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan and Daniel Brühl; Bronwen Hughes’ Journey Is the Destination, opposite Maria Bello; Oliver Stone’s Snowden alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant; Duncan Jones’ Warcraft opposite Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga; Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, an adaptation of Laura Wade’s West End play Posh alongside an ensemble cast that includes Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox, Sam Reid, Matthew Beard, Olly Alexander, Jessica Brown Findlay, Natalie Dormer and Holliday Grainger; and Brian Percival’s The Book Thief, opposite Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse.
On television, Schnetzer was seen on Jean-Jacques Annaud’s 10-part MGM series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, opposite Patrick Dempsey and Kristine Froseth.
First making his film debut in the indie drama Ben's Plan, Schnetzer played the lead role of “Ben Stephens,” a 14-year-old boy living in New York whose mother disappeared. From there, he went on to appear as a series-regular on ABC’s Happy Town.
Schnetzer studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where he appeared in numerous productions including Oedipus, As You Like It, Merrily We Roll Along and Widowers’ Houses, among many other stage credits. He first began acting at age 11 when he played the “Artful Dodger” in a production of Oliver.