Toronto’s Own James Dean
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Toronto’s Own James Dean

image002.jpgToronto’s Scott Speedman graces the cover of this month’s Toro Magazine, which can be found in today’s Globe and Mail.  Timothy Taylor’s article showcases the success story behind Speedman’s jock-turned-actor – with a little help from CityTV – and includes excellent photographs by Jesse Frohman, which look strikingly like the late James Dean. 
Okay, officially Speedman was born in London, England, but moved to Toronto when he was four years old.  Before acting, he was an aspiring championship swimmer hoping to get to the Olympics, until he hurt his shoulder.  He attended Earl Haig High School in north Toronto – along with starlet Sarah Polley – and then briefly attended the University of Toronto.  On a dare from his girlfriend, Speedman auditioned for the role of Robin in Batman Forever (1995), on CityTV’s Speaker’s Corner.  Though he didn’t land the part of Boy Wonder, he did manage to catch the eye of an agent and began appearing in various television series, including a guest role on Canada’s Goosebumps, which still gives us nightmares.  Speedman hit his mark when he landed the role of Ben Covington, opposite Keri Russell, in the will-they-or-won’t-they series, Felicity.  Scott Speedman is currently in Vancouver, British Columbia filming a sequel to the 2003 movie Underwold. 
Be sure to check out the full article in this month’s Toro Magazine. 
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