Kitty Aldridge

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Kitty Aldridge
Born1962 (age 56–57)
OccupationNovelist, actress
SpouseMark Knopfler (m. 1997; 2 children)

Kitty Aldridge (born 1962) is a British actress and writer.

Life and career[edit]

Aldridge was born in Bahrain. After training as an actress at the Drama Centre London, Aldridge went on to work in film, theatre and television as an actress for fifteen years[1]. In her thirties she began to write fiction[2]. Her first novel, Pop,[3][4] published in 2001, was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002[5] and shortlisted for the Pendleton May First Novel Award 2002. Her second novel, Cryers Hill,[6] was published in March 2007.

Aldridge's short story, Arrivederci Les, won the Bridport Short Story Prize 2011.[7]

Her third novel, A Trick I Learned from Dead Men,[8] was published in 2012. It was longlisted for the 2013 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction[9] and The Guardian newspaper's Not The Booker Prize 2012.[10]

Aldridge’s new novel, The Wisdom of Bones[11], is published in May 2019.

Aldridge married the former guitarist frontman of Dire Straits Mark Knopfler on Valentine's Day 1997 in Barbados. They had been a couple for three years.[12] They have two daughters.[13][14]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 A Room with a View New Lucy
1986 Gathering Stones Anna Short
1987 Maurice Kitty Hall
1987 An African Dream Katherine Hastings
1988 American Roulette Kate Webber
1988 Tyger Tyger Burning Bright Tasmin
1989 Slipstream Belitski
1998 Divorcing Jack Agnes Brinn


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Porterhouse Blue Serena "1.4"
1988 The Management Kitty "The Wedding"
1989 The Paradise Club DI Rosy Campbell Main role (series 1)
1990 A Little Piece of Sunshine Sabrina TV film
1990 The World of Eddie Weary Barbara Daniels TV film
1992 Downtown Lagos Alice Hughes TV miniseries
1993 Heartbeat Sarah Collins "Baby Blues"
1993 To Play the King Sarah Harding TV miniseries
1997 The Ice House Anne Cattrell TV miniseries
1997 Cadfael Judith Perle "The Rose Rent"


  • Pop, Cape (Vintage); (2001) ISBN 0099428326
  • Cryers Hill, Cape (Vintage); (1 March 2007) ISBN 0099506181
  • Arrivederci Les; (2011)
  • A Trick I Learned from Dead Men, Cape (Vintage); (5 July 2012) ISBN 0224096435
  • The Wisdom of Bones, Corsair (Little, Brown); (May 02 2019) ISBN 9781472154392


  • Bridport Short Story Prize 2011[7]


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