Ben Aldridge (Class of 2008) Back in June 2008, Ben (Three Year Acting Course alumnus) was in the middle of filming new Channel 4 Drama The Devil’s Whore from his ‘digs’ - an apartment in a private harbour, just outside Cape Town. While gazing out onto the amazing view, Ben told us, ‘this is not where I thought or had planned to be when imagining this as my final year at LAMDA.’
Ben was spotted back in the autumn of 2007 and after a few auditions he was lucky enough to get a part in The Compulsion, a modern adaptation of Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling opposite Parminder Nagra and Ray Winstone. He filmed The Compulsion throughout January, which he found to be a ‘tremendously steep learning curve, an enjoyable challenge, and a good introduction to the real thing’.
It was not long before Ben was thrown into his next challenge - The Devil’s Whore; a four-part drama following the events of the English Civil War, where he was to play the husband of the female lead. This was initially broadcast by ITV in November and December 2008. Ben describes the experience of making this TV series as an “ideal job, involving horse riding, sword fighting and a complex character facing challenges and pressures”. Playing alongside such experienced cast members as John Simm, Dominic West, Peter Capaldi, Maxine Peake, Michael Fassbender and new rising star Andrea Riseborough, Ben says he had to check he wasn’t dreaming on numerous occasions!
Channel 4’s The Devil’s Whore aired in November/December 2008. The Compulsion date for first airing on ITV1 was January 2009.
Ben played Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet at Shakepeare's Globe in summer 2009 and appeared in an episode of Lewis for LWT. He is currently filming for a popular BBC period drama series, Larkrise to Candleford with Sarah Lancashire, Julia Sawalha among many other big names.
Ben is represented by Christian Hodell at Hamilton & Hodell.
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