He has not yet graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) but Ben Aldridge has already caught the eye of UK casting directors. Earlier this year he was cast opposite Parminder Nagra and Ray Winstone in the ITV drama Compulsion and from there he went straight to Channel 4/HBO's prestige autumn series The Devil's Whore, set during the English Civil War. Directed by Marc Munden, the series also stars Andrea Riseborough, Dominic West, Michael Fassbender and John Simm. Working on his first two screen productions with such a formidable line-up has, says Aldridge, been an inspiration. 'Drama school gave me a hugely diverse training, and allowed me to find my own method. But to observe these great actors was a privilege.'

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