Ben Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His most recent credits include Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor (2013) in which he starred opposite Mark Wahlberg. Also in 2013 he starred in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints alongside Rooney Mara and Kill Your Darlings in which he co-starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe, both of which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2014, Foster made his London stage debut in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic Theatre. He starred alongside Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby under the direction of Benedict Andrews. In 2009, Foster starred opposite Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton in Oren Moverman’s The Messenger. The film played in Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival as well as winning the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Peace Film Award at Berlin Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the Deauville Film Festival. Foster teamed up with Moverman again in 2011 to co-star in and produce, Rampart, also starring Woody Harrelson. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, the AFI and the London Film Festival.
Foster's additional credits include Fernando Meirelles' 360 (2011), Baltasar Kormakur's Contraband (2012) and Braden King's Here (2011).
On the small screen, Foster shared the SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast for his work in the 2003 season of HBO's critically acclaimed drama Six Feet Under, in which he portrayed Russell Corwin for three seasons.
Foster currently lives in New York City.