Ben Aldridge (actor)

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Ben Aldridge
Born Benjamin Charles Aldridge
(1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 31)
Exeter, Devon, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Benjamin Charles "Ben" Aldridge (born 12 November 1985) is an English actor, born in Devon.[1] After years with the National Youth Theatre, Aldridge graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art[2] with a bursary from the Genesis Foundation for young actors.[3] He left early to begin filming the 2009 ITV film Compulsion alongside Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra.

In 2008, Aldridge made his television debut in Channel 4's four-part miniseries The Devil's Whore, playing Harry Fanshawe, husband of the title character. That same year, he was featured on Screen International's "Stars of Tomorrow" list.[4] In addition to First Light, Lewis, Toast and Vera, Aldridge also appeared as Daniel Parish in the BBC One period drama Lark Rise to Candleford.[5] In 2011, the American network The CW cast Aldridge as the lead in the pilot Heavenly. Later on he spent time in Belgrade shooting the partially improvised romance short film In the Night for director Ivana Bobic and award-winning cinematographer Rain Li, alongside supermodel Danijela Dimitrovska.

In 2013, Aldridge starred in Almeida Theatre's production of American Psycho as Paul Owen, opposite 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's original drama series Our Girl as Captain Charles James.[6]

In December 2014, Aldridge joined The CW's series Reign as King Antoine of Navarre.

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

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Compulsion Alex Television film
2010 First Light Brian Kingcome Television film
2010 Toast Stuart Television film
2012 Cricklewood Greats, TheThe Cricklewood Greats Joe Hazelhurst Television film
2013 In the Night Alex Short film
2013 Railway Man, TheThe Railway Man Mike Moffat
2014 Synchronicity Fred Short film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Devil's Whore, TheThe Devil's Whore Harry Fanshawe Miniseries; episode 1
2009 Lewis Daniel Rattenbury Episode: "The Point of Vanishing"
2010–11 Lark Rise to Candleford Daniel Parish 16 episodes
2012 Vera Ollie/Alex Barton Episode: "Sandancers"
2013 Pramface Marcus Episode: "If You Cry, I'll Cry"
2013 Bible, TheThe Bible Luke Miniseries; episode: "Courage"
2014–present Our Girl Captain Charles James Main Character
2014–15 Reign Antoine of Navarre 7 episodes
2016 Fleabag Arsehole Guy 4 episodes
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Secret World, TheThe Secret World Saïd Voice

Stage[edit]

Title Role Theatre / Producer
White Devil, TheThe White Devil Flamineo LAMDA
Electra Orestes LAMDA
Country Wife, TheThe Country Wife Mr Horner LAMDA
Uncle Vanya Vanya LAMDA
Blue Remembered Hills John LAMDA
Master and Margarita, TheThe 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
Kinks, TheThe Kinks (workshop) Pete
Lyons, TheThe Lyons Brian Hutchins Menier Chocolate Factory (2013)
American Psycho Paul Owen[8] Almeida Theatre (2013)

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