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ADEN GILLETT


Aden Gillett - picture courtesy of Mayer & Eden


Aden Gillett is a great actor with whom we've enjoyed working many times. He's also taken the time in his busy schedule to be a keen supporter of our Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights' Competition.

His outstanding performances in IRDP productions have contributed to a number of awards at the International Radio Festival of New York: Dracula won 2 Bronze Medals in 1994 (Aden played the part of Jonathan Harker), The Canterbury Tales was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Drama Series in 1990, and Getting Back by Ben Rice won Bronze Medal for Best Comedy Special in 1993. The Canterbury Tales was also nominated for Prix Italia in 1990.

As a supporter of IRDP's writing competitions, Aden has performed in Ellen of Troy by Jo Kracmar (a winning play in the London Radio Playwrights' Festival), and in several winning plays by young writers in The Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights' Competition. At the competition's awards ceremony at London's Criterion Theatre in May of this year, Aden was there to hand out the prizes to the winning writers. As one of the competition's judges, he had read each of the ten winning scripts in great detail and made a valuable contribution to the judging process, as he has done for several years now, a job he's been happy to do even if it's meant him having to leave in the middle of rehearsals to rush across London in order to be present at the judging sessions.

Aden trained at R.A.D.A., winning a number of prizes including the Tree Prize, Sir Emile Littler Prize, Vanbrugh Prize and Radio Prize. He has worked extensively in film, television, radio and theatre. TV credits include House of Eliott, a very successful BBC show which ran for three series (in which he played a 1920's photographer, Jack Maddox), Robin of Locksley in Ivanhoe, a number of parts in Harry Enfield's Television Series, performances in Lovejoy, The Vet, My Good Friend, Kremlin Farewell, The Free Frenchman, and the title role in Mr Clay, Mr Clay for Granada TV. Film credits include The Borrowers and Under the Lighthouse Dancing. He has been in numerous theatre productions in the West End and around Britain, and he was awarded the TheatreWorld Award for Best Newcomer on Broadway for his performance of Gerald Croft in An Inspector Calls at the Royale Theatre, Broadway, directed by Stephen Daldry. He has also starred in BBC Radio 4 Dramas, provided the narration for TV documentaries, and done readings for audio books.


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