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Aldridge at O2 Premier of Kingsman
|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, Steward Taylor in the 2012 ITV and ABC America series Titanic written by Downton Abbey and Gosford Park creator Julian Fellowes, Jimmy (Smudger) Collins in Call the Midwife, Callum Ross in Silent Witness, Jason in the BBC drama Killers written by David Eldridge and Tony Jordan, Darren Peasgood in Doctors, Warren in the second series of the ITV sci-fi drama Primeval, Reece in the second series of Law and Order UK, Copper in the BBC Three Original Drama short Flea. and most recently the role of Bridge in new BBC series Undercover written by Peter Moffat and starring Adrian Lester and Sophie Okonedo. Film roles include Phillip Patel in MI 9-2-5 directed by Blackadder director Richard Boden and Mikey in Elsa O'Tooles's Blasted nominated for best short at both Cannes film festival and Sundance Film Festival. In 2013 Aldridge started his role as Spencer in multi nominated British Broadcast Awards online comedy series The Support Group produced by the creators of The Inbetweeners - Bwark.
In the West End, Aldridge created the role of Barry in the original West End cast of Olivier Award nominated musical Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre directed by Rupert Goold and starring Gemma Arterton written by David Arnold, Richard Bean, and Richard Thomas. He 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. Also in the West End, he appeared alongside Sheridan Smith and Michael Medwin in the 2006 season at the (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park) playing 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 workshops of Matilda with music written by Australian comedian Tim Minchin.
On tour, Aldridge played Billy Kostecki in the first ever national tour of the musical Dirty Dancing. He also played Roger Parslow in the National Tour of the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, 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. He also appears on the original cast recording of Made in Dagenham.