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Ben Birnbaum
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Name

Benedict Aaron Birnbaum

Nicknames

Ben, Bendick, Bendict

Birthplace

Beverly Hills, LA

Birth Day

December 21, 1991

Age

20

Actor

Tom Sturridge

First Appearance

Pilot

Benedict Aaron "Ben" Birnbaum was a main character in the hit TV series The A-List and the book series of the same name. The television character was portrayed by British actor Tom Sturridge.

Novel SeriesEdit

Son of Dr. Dan Birnbaum, Hollywood's plastic surgeon to the stars. A very attractive student at Princeton. Once was Cammie's boyfriend but he dumped her, and now is on again/ off again with Anna Percy. Sam formerly had a huge crush on him. Also known as the three timer to Cammie Sheppard, Dee Young, and Anna Percy. He has dark brown hair, blue eyes, around 6 feet, lean, rangy, and ripped. He is also very smart and sweet. He is the one Anna lost her virginity to.


TV SeriesEdit

Son of Dr. Dan Birnbaum, Hollywood's plastic surgeon to the stars. A very attractive student at Princeton. Once was Cammie's boyfriend but he dumped her, and now is on again/ off again with Anna Percy. Sam formerly had a huge crush on him. Also known as the three timer to Cammie Sheppard, Dee Young, and Anna Percy. He has dark brown hair, blue eyes, around 6 feet, lean, rangy, and ripped. He is also very smart and sweet. He is the one Anna lost her virginity to.

Season 1Edit

On the plane to LA, Anna is saddled with an annoying seat partner who won't stop talking about himself. Saved from a terrible fate by a cute guy named Ben Birnbaum, the two gradually build a relationship that is promised to continue when Ben invites Anna to the wedding of A-lister Jackson Sharpe, an invitation she accepts.

Sam's close-knit friends (and Anna) escape the wedding to attend a Warner Brothers New Year's Eve bash. Cammie manages to convince a bigtime producer that Anna is a hooker, but Anna is not fazed by Cammie's jealousy-induced attempts to break her and Ben up. The party ends with Anna and Ben escaping to Ben's father's boat to have sex, Sam and a group of partiers to her father's house to get drunk, and Cammie to her mother's grave. On the boat Anna tells Ben that she is not ready to have sex and Ben takes it fine. Ben tells Anna to stay put while he go gets his car. Anna is tired and takes a nap and wakes up only to find out that Ben has left her on the boat. At a small charity project in Venice, Anna throws up all over Cammie and later learns that she has food poisoning from an expired yogurt she ate for breakfast. While caring for an ailing Anna, Dee admits that people look down on her because she is short and spiritual, and that she is pregnant with Ben's baby. Dee only thinks that she is pregnant with Ben's baby, but she is not. Anna is enrolled at Beverly Hills High (the same school that Sam, Cammie, Dee, and their friends attend) when her internship fails to work out. The story ends with her exclusive break-up with Ben and a confrontation with Anna at Beverly Hills High School, and Cammie who seems to be threatened now that Sam and Dee are showing interest in a friendship with Anna.

To add to Anna's troubles, Ben is still pining after her for forgiveness, which she refuses to give, but in the meantime she begins dating Adam Flood, an all around good guy who is a point guard on the school basketball team, whom she met at Sam's father's wedding. However, Anna realizes that she is truly not interested in Adam and cuts off ties with boys in order to focus on her and Sam's Great Gatsby project. Anna volunteers to write the screenplay for the project, despite Sam's misgivings. Anna and Sam shoot their film project at Veronique's Spa, with Susan tagging along. On the way there, Anna reveals to Sam and Susan what happened between her and Ben on New Year's Eve and makes Sam promise not to tell Cammie or Dee. Susan encourages Anna not to be afraid of falling in love but admits that Ben sounds like a bit of a "player". Much to Anna's displeasure, Cammie and Dee are at the spa as well though Sam promises they won't get in the way. Two schoolmates, Parker and Monty Pinelli, arrive and they help find actors for the short film. Even though she made a promise, Sam cannot resist and ends up telling Cammie and Dee Anna's secret. Cammie tries to use this information to get Ben back but he rebuffs her advances. To his surprise, Anna calls him later that night but she immediately regrets that decision, but not before Ben is able to check his caller ID and figure out where she is. In the midst of filming, Ben bursts into the sauna the group is in and begs to talk to Anna alone, but they are locked in by a vengeful guest who wanted to punish Susan for flirting with Parker Pinelli. Susan gleefully reveals everyone's secrets in an attempt to get Anna out of her cold and repressive ways: Anna and Adam broke up, Dee had sex with Ben during her tour of Princeton, and Dee is forced to admit that she is not really pregnant. Anna runs away from the scene when they are finally let out, with Ben chasing her. Cammie is annoyed that Ben came for Anna and loves Anna more than he ever loved her whilst they were going out so she he decides to manipulate Susan into falling off her sobriety wagon.

Anna goes off to the Montecito Inn, in Santa Babara, hoping to get away from drama. Then, Ben shows up. He tells her that Sam told him where Anna was going to be and he finally admits why he left her on the boat on New Year's Eve: his father is a gambling addict who lost a lot of money that night and threatened a suicide attempt. Embarrassed and ashamed, Ben concocted a story of a mystery celebrity friend who needed his help. He apologizes to Anna once more and she forgives him. The two go back to her hotel room and Anna loses her virginity to him.

Season 2Edit

The series begins with Ben and Anna in bed at the Montecinto Inn. However, they interrupted by a call from Anna's father who says that Susan is going to back to rehab and wants to say goodbye. Annie considers their farewell to be intimate and is surprised when Ben tags along though she does not voice her displeasure. After Susan boards the plane to her next rehab, Anna must face the consequences of the Steinberg party. Margaret informs Anna that her behavior (abandoning a client in favor of rushing a drunk Susan home) was unacceptable and is about to fire her when Clark Sheppard intervenes. He takes Anna as his intern and gives her the assignment of covering the latest hit TV show Hermosa Beach. Anna meets the young but charming co-executive producer Danny Bluestone who actually dreams of writing the Great American Novel and is appalled by Ben's increasing jealous attitude towards him and Jonathan Percy's driver, Django, who has always been friendly to her. Anna is also worried that Ben is dropping his studies for her and tries to get him to go back to Princeton. Their relationship must come to another end when Ben agrees he must go back to Princeton to finish school and not worry about his family so much.

Season 3Edit

Back in Black finds the A-List crew in Las Vegas! They have decided to forgo the school sponsored trip to Washington D.C. in favor of a far more exciting adventure. The trip starts with a "tacky outfit" contest, suggested by who else than Cammie that ends in its own interesting way. During this whole adventure Anna is pining for Ben who is away at school, and trying to convince him to join them in Vegas. Anna's best friend Cyn turns up with her boyfriend Scott Spencer. The crew decides to visit a hypnotist, this book is also and secrets and surprises are revealed, that no one expected that leads to cat fights, and revelations that were much more appropriate kept inside. Dee of course has decided that instead of partaking in all the sinful action of the city that she is going to reform the sinners of the sin city, which leads to an ending and a breakdown that makes everyone forget what was said at the hypnotist. At the end, before they go back to Beverly Hills, Ben shows up and Anna stays behind with him. They have a chance to talk about what happened between them. Ben confesses that he's seeing someone at school, Blythe, but its not serious. In the end Anna and Ben decide to get back together.

It's Prom time at Beverly Hills High! Ben Birnbaum is back from Princeton University for the summer but also visiting is a friend of his family's. Maddy, a girl who's a junior in high school who has just had Gastric bypass surgery is staying with the Birnbaum's, and to Anna Percy's disdain, has quite the (newly) curvy figure. Adam discovers a shocking secret about Cammie's mom, one that will shake both her and her friend, Sam.

Anna explains to Ben that he should get off his horse and that she doesn't need saving. He says he loves her because she doesn't need saving. Between most of the couples in the A-List, on prom night, they are the only two that end the night without any problems.

Season 4Edit

It is graduation time for the A-List crew. That means lavish yacht parties, designer caps and gowns, and saying bye-bye to high school for good. Despite the festivities, Anna is not in a partying mood. Ben has been acting distant and she is worried. Maybe her father's hot tattooed intern, Caine Manning, will help cheer Anna up! Ever since her illicit kiss with Parker, Sam has been Eduardo-less and heartbroken. But hopefully Sam will use her brains and considerable means to get creative about winning Eduardo back. And infamous Cammie? She could not care less about graduation, not when she is so close to unraveling the mystery of her mother's death. She will stop at nothing to find out the truth.

Meanwhile, Eduardo and Sam are now back together, but Sam can't help feeling jealous and insecure over their relationship as Eduardo acts friendly towards a fellow Peruvian, a beautiful designer named Giselle. Anna and Ben are taking some time apart, and Anna is now dating her father's hot intern, Caine. Adam Flood has decided to spend the summer in Michigan, leaving a lonely Cammie alone in LA. Dee is still with Jack Walker.

Ben attempts to steal Anna back from Caine, whom he detests. He arrives at Anna's house and they talk. Later that night, Anna and Caine go on a fun date to a Ferris Wheel.

That same night, a lonely Cammie dresses up and saunters into Trieste to see Ben, whom she has set her sights on now that Anna and Ben are not together anymore. She sidles up to the bar and flirts with him, and the two have a friendly drink together.

Jack and Ben meet for a drink at a bar, and both admit they are in love; Jack with Dee, Ben with Anna.

For the fashion show, all of the models are trying new looks. Anna tries on a short dress, which looks stunning on her. Later, she bumps into Ben, who comments on how beautiful she looks, and tries to win her over yet again. Anna resists, but cannot deny the feelings she felt. The two share a kiss.

Cammie once again visits Ben at Trieste. Instead of the usual clubbing scene, that night, it is more of a coffeehouse/arts show. Cammie and Ben retire to a private room, where they have champagne. Cammie feels tense, as Ben prods about Anna constantly, but later, they almost kiss. Cammie is caught up in the moment, but just before their lips meet, they both pull back. Ben keeps back his desire, and tells Cammie that if they got back together again it would be so much more than their relationship was before.

Anna confronts Caine and Ben simultaneously, telling them that she wants to date both of them at the same time. Caine agrees. Ben is incredulous, but eventually he kisses Anna sweetly and agrees, because he doesn't want to lose her.

PersonalityEdit

TV SeriesEdit

Son of Dr. Dan Birnbaum, Hollywood's plastic surgeon to the stars. A very attractive student at Princeton. Once was Cammie's boyfriend but he dumped her, and now is on again/ off again with Anna Percy. Sam formerly had a huge crush on him. Also known as the three timer to Cammie Sheppard, Dee Young, and Anna Percy. He has dark brown hair, blue eyes, around 6 feet, lean, rangy, and ripped. He is also very smart and sweet. He is the one Anna lost her virginity to.


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