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|Born||Blake Adam Ritson|
January 1978 (age 36)
|Born||Blake Adam Ritson|
January 1978 (age 36)
Ritson attended the Dolphin School in Reading, Berkshire until 1993, before going to St Paul's School in West London on an academic scholarship. He then attended Jesus College, Cambridge, where he studied English and Medieval Italian, graduating in 2000. While a student he acted on both stage and screen, playing Paul Etheridge in White Chameleon, Fleance in Macbeth, and Augustus in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (1996) at the National Theatre in productions directed by Richard Eyre and Trevor Nunn.
Ritson is best known in recent years for portraying King Edward III in the TV miniseries World Without End (2012), the Duke Of Kent in Upstairs Downstairs (2010-2012), Mr Elton in the BBC 2009 adaptation of Emma and Edmund Bertram in the 2007 ITV adaptation of Mansfield Park, Giles Vicary in the BBC series Red Cap and for playing sidekick Robert Presley in A Touch of Frost. He also played the part of Justin in The League of Gentlemen, Idek in God on Trial, and the comic lead in For Elsie, an Oscar winning short film, which he also co-produced. He also played the main antagonist in David Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons (2013).
Ritson writes and directs with his older brother, Dylan Ritson. The Ritson brothers' latest short film, Love Hate, starring Ben Whishaw and Hayley Atwell was completed in May 2009 and was selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, London BFI Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Foyle, Omaha, Encounters, Berkshire International Film Festival, Sofia Film Fest (Bulgaria), Tofifest International Film Festival (Poland), West Hollywood International, LA Shorts Fest, Short Shorts Film Festival (Japan). It was the winner of the Jury Award at Palm Springs International Shortsfest and won the Best International Short award at Cinema St. Louis Film Festival. "Crisply shot and superbly acted, it's also a sly comment on repression and everyday insanity. It will be great to see what the Ritsons do next." (Empire)
The brothers first directed the short film Out of Time. Starring Mark Heap and Raquel Cassidy, the film won the Global Audience Award at the first CON-CAN Movie Festival and was runner up at Minimalen and the Berlin Film Festival. It also screened at the London, San Paulo and Dresden film festivals. Their second short film, More More More, starring The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss, was a runner-up in the Turner Classic Movies Competition. Their third film, shot in 2009 with Hayley Atwell as Hate, was entitled Love Hate. The Ritson brothers have also shot a fourth short film, Good Boy, starring Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson), Reece Shearsmith, Nicholas Burns, Joanna Page and Blake Ritson's fiancee Hattie Morahan.
The Ritson Brothers were selected for the front cover of Screen International's Stars Of Tomorrow 2009.
Ritson played the banjolele on Douglas Hodge's 2006 album Cowley Road Songs, which was recorded in four days at the Blue Moon Studios in Banbury. He describes the banjolele as "a hybrid instrument between a ukulele and a banjo; teamed up with the gazoo it’s a winning combination."
Ritson is the brother of Dylan Ritson, with whom he directs and writes. Dylan also attended Cambridge, where he wrote and directed plays for Footlights and the Edinburgh Festival which received numerous awards and excellent reviews in the national press.
|1996||Breaking the Code||Christopher Morcom||TV|
|Different for Girls||Young Prentice|
|1997||Knight School||Sir Roger de Courcey||TV (2 episodes)|
|1999||Shooting the Past||Nick||TV|
|2000||The League of Gentlemen||Justin Smart||TV (2 episodes)|
|2001||London's Burning||Dermot||TV (2 episodes)|
|Me Without You||Tim|
|Urban Gothic||Dave Matthews||TV (1 episode: "The End")|
|Red Cap||Lt. Giles Vicary||TV|
|2002||A Box||Delivery Boy||Short|
|The Cicerones||Guide 1 'Foreign'||Short|
|2003||Adventure Inc.||Byron Haycroft||TV (1 episode: "Angel of St. Edmunds")|
|Red Cap||Giles Vicary||TV (12 episodes)|
|2004||Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King||Angelo||Voice|
|2005||If...||Ben Swales||TV (1 episode: "If...We Stopped Giving Aid to Africa")|
|Strauss: The Waltz King||Older Johann Strauss II||TV|
|The Bill||Gavin Murray||TV (1 episode: "374")|
|2006||The Romantics||Percy Bysshe Shelley||TV|
|Casualty||Daniel Tasker||TV (1 episode: "Worlds Apart")|
|The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Graham Marshall||TV (1 episode: "Chinese Walls")|
|Killzone: Liberation||Colonel Cobar||Voice|
|A Touch of Frost||D.C. Robert Presley||TV (1 episode: "Endangered Species")|
|2007||Mansfield Park||Edmund Bertram||TV|
|The Commander: The Devil You Know||John Littlewood||TV|
|2008||God on Trial||Idek||TV|
|Emma||Mr. Elton||TV (4 episodes)|
|Dead Man Running||Jarvis|
|2010||Upstairs Downstairs||The Duke of Kent||TV (2 episodes)|
|2011||The Crimson Petal and the White||Bodley||TV (3 episodes)|
|2011||El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron||Enoch||Voice|
|2012||Upstairs Downstairs||The Duke of Kent||TV (6 episodes)|
|2012||World Without End||Edward III||TV (8 episodes)|
|2013||Da Vinci's Demons||Girolamo Riario||TV (7 episodes)|
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