Ford was born in Akron, Ohio, to a US Navy test pilot father and an English stewardess mother, from Birmingham, Warwickshire. He moved to the United Kingdom at the age of one with his parents and grew up in Cradley and Malvern with his brother and two sisters. He studied English at Clare College, Cambridge University.
Ford starred in the feature films: Deeply, Gosford Park, Slap Her... She's French (released in the U.S. as She Gets What She Wants), How to Deal, and September Dawn. Ford portrayed Jean Paul, the French boyfriend of Zoey Bartlet (Elisabeth Moss's character) in six episodes of the fourth season of the television drama The West Wing, and Superman's future enemy, Mr. Mxyzptlk, in the fourth season episode of Smallville titled "Jinx". Ford appeared as Steve in one episode of the FOX/WB sitcom Grounded for Life, opposite Donal Logue and Megyn Price. Ford played Benjamin Chow, the boyfriend of Kat Warbler (Lizzy Caplan's character) in five episodes of the CBS sitcom The Class. In the first season of the NBC series Life, Ford played Jeffrey Farmer, opposite Damian Lewis.
Ford was the leading man in the global advertising campaign for Calvin Klein perfume "Eternity Moment" opposite Scarlett Johansson, shot by Peter Lindbergh. Ford has also appeared in advertising campaigns for Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Valentino.
In 2008, Ford starred in the love story/thriller Rez Bomb about a Lakota girl and a white boy who are very much in love, but get themselves into trouble with a brutal money lender.
Ford played a vampire named Trevor in three episodes of The CW supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. In November 2011, Ford appeared in one episode of the CW drama 90210. In March 2012, Ford filmed J.J. Abrams' CW TV pilot Shelter, portraying a British rock star named Tyler Dean.
In May 2012, Ford played the lead role, Alex, in a short film titled Shoot'er, opposite Nikki Sixx, directed by P.R. Brown.
On September 29, 2013, Ford appeared in the Season 6 premiere episode of The Mentalist on CBS.
Ford starred in Burning Blue, a military drama about two Navy fighter pilots who find themselves in the midst of a forbidden relationship, throwing their lives and careers into disarray. Lionsgate released the film on June 6, 2014.
On August 6, 2014, Sixx:A.M. premiered their music video for the single "Gotta Get It Right" off their Modern Vintage album, featuring Ford.
On January 9, 2015, Ford began filming Deserted (2016 film), a thriller about a road trip out to Death Valley that results in getting hopelessly lost in the most stunning, but unforgiving topographical terrain on the planet. The film also stars Mischa Barton.
Ford starred in Superior, a short film about a stranger passing through town who sparks a teenage girl's desire to distinguish herself from her identical twin sister. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015.
In a relationship with American actress and model Natalie Cohen as of March 2011.