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|Born||Thomas Edward Aldridge
9 June 1982
Great Dunmow, Essex, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Helen Owen (2012-present)|
Thomas Aldridge, also known as Tom Aldridge, is an English television and theatre actor. He is married to West End actress Helen Owen.
Born in Essex, Aldridge has been working in professional theatre and television since the 1990s. As a child actor, he made his professional theatre debut in the Catherine Cookson play Fifteen Streets, at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. He then went on to feature in programs such as Our Boy with Ray Winstone, The Bill and London's Burning as well as featuring in the Oasis number one music video Go Let It Out. After leaving school he played Jenkins in Boyz Unlimited and Danny in the second series of the BBC drama Hope and Glory.
In 2000 Aldridge attended the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London where he trained for three years. In his graduate year he played Jesus in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the Actors' Church in London's Covent Garden. Since then, Aldridge has continued to work concurrently in both television and theatre,
Television and film
On screen, Aldridge has played Garvey in EastEnders, Jason in the BBC drama Killers written by David Eldridge and Tony Jordan, Darren Peasgood in Doctors, Jimmy (Smudger) Collins in the award winning BBC Drama Call the Midwife, Warren in the second series of the ITV sci-fi drama Primeval, Reece in the second series of Law and Order UK as well as Stewart Taylor in the 2012 ITV and ABC America series Titanic written by Downton Abbey and Gosford Park creator Julian Fellowes, and the police officer Copper in the BBC Three Original Drama short Flea. Film roles include, Mikey in Elsa O'Tooles's Blasted, as well as Phillip Patel in MI 9-2-5 made by the National Film and Television School and directed by Blackadder director Richard Boden. In 2013 Aldridge started his role as Spenser in the online comedy series The Support Group produced by the creators of The Inbetweeners - Bwark.
In the West End, Aldridge was part of the original London cast of the Cole Porter musical High Society, which starred Jerry Hall, at the Shaftesbury Theatre, after also appearing in the UK tour which starred Susie Blake and Liza Goddard. Also in the West End, he appeared alongside Sheridan Smith, Michael Medwin and Summer Strallen at the much acclaimed (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park) as Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Curtis in The Taming of the Shrew and Puppy in Babe. Aldridge played the Munchkin Mayor in the RSC production of The Wizard of Oz and also for the Royal Shakespeare Company, created the role of Bruce Bogtrotter in the development of Matilda with music written by Australian comedian Tim Minchin.
On tour his credits include Billy Kostecki in the first ever national tour of the musical Dirty Dancing, Roger Parslow in the National Tour of His Dark Materials based on the Philip Pullman trilogy and adapted for the stage by Nicholas Wright, Dickon in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of The Secret Garden as well as the role of Tootles in the original cast of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's musical adaptation of J.M Barrie's Peter Pan at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, for which he features on the original cast recording album. In 2014, he joined the cast of new musical Made in Dagenham, originating the role of Barry.