Ben Aldridge (actor)

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Ben Aldridge
Born Benjamin Charles Aldridge
(1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 29)
Devon, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004-present

Benjamin Charles Aldridge is an English actor, born in Devon. After years with the National Youth Theatre, Ben graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art[1] with a bursary from the Genesis Foundation for young actors.[2]

He left early to begin filming his television debut alongside Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra in Compulsion. He is notable for his role as Harry Fanshawe, husband of the title character in the 2008'Channel 4's critically acclaimed Civil War epic The Devil's Whore. He was selected by Screen International's 2008 "Stars of Tomorrow".[3] As well as roles in First Light, Lewis (TV series), Toast (film) and Vera (TV series), Ben also appeared as Daniel Parish in the BBC's period drama Lark Rise to Candleford.[4] In 2011 the American network The CW cast Ben as the lead in their Pilot "Heavenly". Later on he spent time in Belgrade shooting the partially improvised love story "In the night" for director Ivana Bobic and award winning cinematographer Rain Li, alongside supermodel Danijela Dimitrovska.

In 2013 Ben starred in Almeida Theatre’s new production of American Psycho (musical) as Paul Owen alongside Matt Smith as Patrick Bateman, Susannah Fielding as Evelyn Williams, Jonathan Bailey as Tim Price and Lucie Jones as Victoria. The musical thriller featured a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa based on Bret Easton Ellis’s cult novel, with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. The show was directed by Rupert Goold, and run at The Almeida Theatre from 3 December 2013 to 1 February 2014.

In September 2014, he joined BBC Original British Drama Our Girl as Captain Charles James.[5]

In December 2014, Ben joined The CW's series Reign (TV series) as King Antoine of Navarre. He appeared in the season's finale. The series resumes in January 2015.[6]

Ben is a co-founder of "In the Corner Productions". He directed the comedy pilot "Pet Shop Girls" in late 2011, which he co-wrote/co-produced with actor/writers Luke Norris, Ed Hancock and Kirsty Woodward.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film & Television[edit]

Year Title Role Note(s)
2008 Compulsion Alex TV movie
The Devil's Whore Harry Fanshawe TV mini-series, Episode 1
2009 Lewis Daniel Rattenbury TV series, Series 3, Episode 3 (The Point of Vanishing)
Leave to enter Himself Sean McConaghy's internet series [8]
2010 First Light Brian Kingcome TV movie
Toast Stuart TV movie
Lark Rise to Candleford Daniel Parish TV series, Series 3 & 4, 16 episodes (2010-2011)
2011 Heavenly Dashiel Coffee The CW TV pilot
2012 The Cricklewood Greats Joe Hazelhurst TV movie
Vera Ollie / Alex Barton TV series, Series 2, Episode 4 (Sandancers)
The Secret World Saïd (voice) Video game (2012 & 2013)
2013 The Selection Prince Rafe The CW TV pilot
In the night Alex Short
Pramface Marcus TV series, Series 2, Episode 5 (If you cry, I'll cry)
The Bible Luke TV mini series, Courage
The Railway Man Mike Moffat (bailiff) Movie
2014 Our Girl Captain Charles James TV series, Series 1, 5 episodes
Synchronicity (II) Fred Short
Reign (TV series) Antoine of Navarre The CW TV series, 1 episode
2015 Reign (TV series) Antoine of Navarre The CW TV series

Stage[edit]

Title Role Theatre / Producer
The White Devil Flamineo LAMDA
Electra (Sophocles) Orestes LAMDA
The Country Wife Mr Horner LAMDA
Uncle Vanya Vanya LAMDA
Blue Remembered Hills John LAMDA
The Master and Margarita Pinstripe / Doctor Lyric Hammersmith (2004)
Antigone at Hell's Mouth Rothenkopf Kneehigh Theatre (2005)
Fish and Company Tom Soho Theatre (2006)
Shelf Life Dan Old Red Lion
Romeo and Juliet Benvolio Shakespeare's Globe (2009)
Pride and Prejudice (workshop) Charles Bingley Sonia Friedman Productions
Bend It Like Beckham (workshop) Various Sonia Friedman Productions
The Kinks (workshop) Pete -
The Lyons Brian Hutchins Menier Chocolate Factory (2013)
American Psycho Paul Owen[9] Almeida Theatre (2013)

TV adverts[edit]

Carling Chrome Refreshment Refined (2012)

Misc[edit]

Interview with James Taylor his Biggest fan (2014)

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