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|Born||Aaron Michael Sidwell
12 September 1988
Maidstone, Kent, England
|Spouse(s)||Grace Isted (2009–present)|
Aaron Michael Sidwell (born 12 September 1988) is a British actor and singer . He is best known for playing Steven Beale in the British soap opera EastEnders and originating the role of Michael Dork in Loserville in the West End.
Sidwell was born in 1988 in Maidstone, Kent and grew up in the village of Kingswood, Kent. He was given a drama scholarship when he was eleven years old at Bethany School. Sidwell married his long term girlfriend Grace on 18 April 2009, and on 18 July 2009 they had their first child Matilda Bethany. On 18 January 2012 they had their second child Isla Grace Sidwell. Aaron is close personal friends with Dani Harmer, Gareth Gates and Rita Simons; and used to live with former EastEnders cast mate Rob Kazinsky. Whilst Sidwell was on the chat show The Wright Stuff he stated that his children were his "Greatest Achievement" and that he was "scared to be a dad at such a young age" but that he "found his way with it".
Shortly after leaving his big break came when he was cast as Steven Beale in BBC's long-running serial drama, EastEnders; he took over the role from Edward Savage who last appeared in 2002. It was revealed on 22 February 2008 that Aaron Sidwell would be leaving EastEnders when his contract came to an end. His final scenes aired on 9 May 2008.
He has since worked on a feature film called Blood Army, playing the role of Lewis. Blood Army is a vampire film about the beginning and end of time. He then played the part of The Prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in his home town of Maidstone.
At the end of April 2010 Aaron started working on an Internet show called Almost, but not quite, playing the part of Josh Newell; the show is set to air on 24 May. Sidwell starred in the pantomime Aladdin at the Harlow Playhouse in December 2010. In August 2011 he starred in a new musical called The Prodigals alongside X Factor's Lucie Jones, which made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In January 2012 it was announced that Aaron would make his West End debut in Children of Eden at the Prince of Wales theatre. Starring alongside names such as Gareth Gates and Kerry Ellis. It was announced that Aaron would take the part of Ham in Stephen Schwartz's musical.
On 19 April 2012 it was announced that Aaron would head up the cast of the brand new musical Loserville: The Musical. It was announced that Aaron would play the part of Michael Dork and that the show would be playing at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from the 18th of June. Those also named in the cast were Gareth Gates, Lil' Chris and Eliza Bennett.
On 23 August 2012 in was announced that Loserville would be transferring to the West End. The show would be put on at the Garrick Theatre and would start previewing from 1 October. Some of the cast including Aaron were guests on The Alan Titchmarsh Show where they performed Ticket Outta Loserville. Aaron was also a guest on the chat show The Wright Stuff. Unfortunately Loserville: The Musical was unable to stay open until the end of its first booking period posting an early notice in January. The show closed on 5 January 2013. Aaron received critical acclaim for his portal of Michael Dork and although the show was not a blockbuster hit, it has been viewed as a cult hit. Aaron later posted on his Twitter account about the show saying "This show has changed my life in more ways than you will ever know. I am proud to say that i was part of something special".
In March 2013 it was announced that Sidwell would be replacing Sid Owen in the band new musical Carnaby Street: The Musical. Sidwell would take on the role of Jack, a young band manager who narrates the piece. The show opened at The Hackney Empire on April 6.
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