Aiden Shaw

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Aiden Shaw
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Aiden Shaw (Life Ball 2013)
Born Aiden Finbar Brady
(1966-02-22) 22 February 1966 (age 48)
Harrow, London, United Kingdom
Occupation Author, model, actor, singer, poet, & musician/song-writer/producer, music video director, artist
Years active 1990–present

Aiden Shaw (born Aiden Finbar Brady,[1] 22 February 1966, Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom) is a British author, musician, model and former gay pornographic film actor.[2]

Early life[edit]

Shaw was born in Harrow, London, on 22 February 1966, the sixth of seven children in an Irish Catholic family. At 14, he began dressing in an "alternative" way, taking an interest in the New romantic, Punk, & Goth fashion/youth culture scenes that were prominent at that time. At 16 he enrolled on a two-year Creative Arts foundation course at Nelson and Colne College. Then he spent two years at Manchester Youth Theatre. Afterwards he embarked on an Expressive Arts degree at the then Brighton Polytechnic (now University of Brighton), but after only a year he transferred to Harrow College of Higher Education to study Film, television, Photography & Video. After leaving college he worked for a time directing and art-directing music videos for bands such as Peter Hook's (bass player of New Order) off-shoot project Dead Beat.

Porn career[edit]

Changing his last name, Shaw began working in gay porn in the early 1990s. Since then he has appeared in over 50 films, often working with director Chi-Chi LaRue. In 1991, he won the award for Best Newcomer at the Adult Erotic Gay Video Awards. He retired from the porn industry in 1999 though made a brief reappearance in 2003–04.

Literary work[edit]

In 1991, Shaw collaborated with the New York artist Mark Beard to produce a limited edition publication named Aiden. Beard had been sharing a London flat with Shaw at the time. The book included several portraits of Shaw, with text written by both Beard and Shaw as a form of dialogue.[1]

However, it was not until 1996 that Shaw wrote his first novel, Brutal. Also in 1996, The Bad Press published a collection of his poems, If Language at the Same Time Shapes and Distorts our Ideas and Emotions, How do we Communicate Love?[3] He wrote two more novels; Boundaries (1997) and Wasted (2001), and an autobiography, My Undoing (2006) in which he openly discusses his life in the sex industry as a porn star and sex worker, his drug use, and his HIV status (Shaw was diagnosed HIV positive in 1997).[4][5] In 2007, Shaw completed an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University of London, following which he completed a second autobiography, Sordid Truths (2009).


Shaw has two albums of music to his credit, performing lead vocals on Whatever, created by working with his band of the same name. He also wrote and produced performance artist Nina Silvert on Nina Silvert does Aiden Shaw.

Recent activity[edit]

In 2011 Shaw qualified as an English teacher and worked in Barcelona.[citation needed] It was during this time GQ magazine asked him to model for them in Berlin. It was in the subsequent publication that he was spotted by and signed to Success Models in Paris. Shaw's iconic editorial photos by for Hercules International magazine quickly made him one of the worlds most sort after male models. From his Facebook page, it seems he currently resides in London. In 2012 Shaw also signed to Sight Management in Barcelona, and since early 2014 Shaw is also represented in the US by NY based IMG Models. In the short time since joining these agencies Shaw has modelled for countless publications including, GQ Style, Esquire, Another Magazine, Interview Magazine, & in both Elle China & The Rake magazine several times over. In 2013 he was the face of the Polish fashion company Bytom, and the Buenos Aires fashion brand El Burgues S/S & A/W 2013 & 2014, Beijing based Gorina, Sweden's Oscar-Jacobson, and more notably for his print and film work with Kalle Gustafsson for another Swedish brand Uniforms for the Dedicated. S/S 2014 he walked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Spring 2014 Berluti. He appeared in the first edition of Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book], and the subsequent documentary Mademoiselle C that showed 'the making of' this first issue.

Published works[edit]

  • Brutal (Millivres Books, 1996) ISBN 1-873741-24-3
  • If Language at the Same Time Shapes and Distorts Our Ideas and Emotions, How Do We Communicate Love? (The Bad Press, 1996) ISBN 0-9517233-4-0
  • Boundaries (Brighton: Millivres Prowler Group 1997) ISBN 1-873741-48-0
  • Wasted (Brighton: Millivres Prowler Group, 2001) ISBN 1-902852-34-6
  • My Undoing: Love in the Thick of Sex, Drugs, Pornography, and Prostitution (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2006) ISBN 0-7867-1743-2
  • Sordid Truths: Selling My Innocence for a Taste of Stardom (Alyson Books, 2009) ISBN 1-59350-137-4

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Perfect Fit
  • Addiction: Part 1
  • Addiction: Part 2
  • Hot Wired 2
  • Blockbuster Cocks
  • Descent
  • The Backroom
  • Boot Black II: Spit Shine
  • Forced Entry
  • Hardbody Video Magazine 4
  • New Pledgemaster
  • Bad Brad's Hush
  • Break Away
  • Grease Guns
  • Mess Hall Maneuvers
  • Roll in the Hay
  • The Best of Aiden Shaw
  • Raw: Bad Brad's Erotic Remix
  • License to Thrill
  • On the Mark
  • Summer Buddies
  • Black Leather White Studs
  • Command Performance
  • Dirty Dreaming
  • Disconnected
  • Grand Prize
  • Hot Pursuit
  • Midnight Sun
  • Night Force


  1. ^ a b Beard, Mark; Brady, Aiden (1992). Aiden. London, England: Feard Press. ASIN B0006P9EYM. 
  2. ^ Aiden Shaw article (
  3. ^ Shaw, Aiden (1996), If language at the same time shapes and distorts our ideas and emotions, how do we communicate love?, Bemis/Flaherty Collection of Gay Poetry, The Bad Press, OCLC 298124621 
  4. ^ Josh Sparber (September 2006). "The Porn Identity (interview with Aiden Shaw)". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Sam Page (January 2010). "Coming To Terms (interview with Aiden Shaw)". Retrieved 12 July 2012.