George Beldam came from a cricketing family of Huguenot refugees. He was a steady right-handed batsman and a right-arm bowler who represented Middlesex, MCC and London County in 102 first-class matches between 1900 and 1907. He scored 4,796 runs (average 30.16) with a personal best of 155* versus Surrey at Lord's in 1902 and took 66 catches and 76 wickets (average 27.14) with a personal best of 5/28 versus Lancashire at Liverpool in 1902.
He became a noted artist and photographer. He was the first action photographer of sport in Britain, specialising in cricket and golf. He collaborated with C.B. Fry on two instructional books, with Beldam providing the illustrations and some of the text:
- Great Batsmen: Their Methods at a Glance (1905)
- Great Bowlers and Fielders: Their Methods at a Glance (1907)
A biography of him was written by a descendant:
- George Alastair Beldam, Third Man in: Lost World of a Camera Artist - G.W.Beldam and the Art of Edwardian Cricket, The George Beldam Collection, 1995, ISBN 978-0-9516676-0-6
- Search the Collection: George William Beldam (1868-1937), National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- E.W. Swanton, Barclay's World of Cricket - 2nd Edition, 1980, Collins Publishers, ISBN 0-00-216349-7, p140.