Benjamin 'Lovely Ben' Mundy
All the girls can really see of him is the white crescents of his shoes, but he’s there, and they just know he’s smiling. A mop of dark, fluffy hair falls across his face, and the sunlight from the window catches on his twinkling brown eyes, starbursts of light dancing in them. The soft lines of his smile are a study in friendliness and he’s a nonsense of sweetness; kind-voiced and open-faced.
- from 'The Lesser Tufted Mundy' in At The Stage Door
Offstage, Ben is just a complete angel. The first night I met him - my second night in Llandudno - he came out of stage door at the same time as the two Carbuckettys (long story which is explained on the profile of Joel Morris) and when they went "Oh it's YOU! YOU'RE the Carbucketty fan!" he was in the background going "Awww! Yay!!" he was so happy and he knew all about me and was so sweet, listening as I talked about how I loved the show and Carbucketty and all the characters who generally get less of the credit, I was telling Ryan Gover and Dane Quixall (the two Carbuckettys) about how I loved their performances and he was so happy for them, it was just adorable! He even took the photo of me with the two of them and he was just so good to me, despite me totally forgetting I had meant to ask for a photo with him too!! So, the third and final night in Llandudno, I made sure I took my chance to really talk to just him and have my photo with him - but, bless his heart, he was the one thanking me! He was utterly lovely (hence where his nickname sprung from!) telling me "You're a star! It's so lovely looking out and seeing you there smiling, it makes such a difference." I just wanted to grab him and hug him tight - lucky for me he hugged me tight anyway! Ben is just such a heart-of-gold-human-sunbeam-ball-of-loveliness and I can't make it any clearer than that to you just how genuine of a human being he is. There is not a bad bone in that boy's body, he is simply beautiful to his core - he is also the Stagiest Person Alive, and I can't count the number of times he came out of stage door singing, gorgeously I might add, some show tune or another. Another reason I love Ben so much? Other than his ridiculously beautiful soul, his absurdly big smile, his total amazingness onstage and his total sweetness offstage? He's also one of the biggest Cats fanboys - I just have a natural affinity with him!! We even have matching Rum Tum Tugger keyrings!! But on top of all of that, I adore his Ben-hugs, his amazing surprised face when you give him even the smallest of cards or gifts and the fact he is ALWAYS willing to stop and chat and listen. So yes, there are not enough good things I can tell you about Ben, and there are too many stories of him being kind and sweet and stupidly grateful to me at stage door for me to fit on this page.
Genuinely good people are like that. The sun shines out of them. They warm you right through.
― Michael Morpurgo, Alone On A Wide Wide Sea