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Blake Ritson
Born 14 June 1980
Occupation actor
Years active 1996-present
Domestic partner(s) Hattie Morahan

Blake Ritson (born 14 June 1980) is an English actor and director.


Early life

Ritson graduated from the Dolphin School in Reading, Berkshire in 1993. After the Dolphin School, Ritson attended St Paul's Boys on an academic scholarship, and then Cambridge University [1] studying English and Medieval Italian. While studying he continued to act on stage and screen [2], playing the juvenile lead in 1996 in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia in London's West End.[2]


Ritson is best known for portraying Edmund Bertram in the 2007 ITV adaptation of Mansfield Park,[3] Giles Vicary in the BBC series Red Cap and for playing sidekick Robert Presley in A Touch of Frost.[4] He also played the part of Justin in The League of Gentlemen and was most recently seen as Idek in God on Trial and as Mr. Elton in the new BBC production of Emma.

Ritson directed the short film Out of Time with his older brother, Dylan Ritson.[5] Starring Mark Heap and Raquel Cassidy, the film won the Global Audience Award at the first CON-CAN Movie Festival[6] and was runner up at Minimalen and the Berlin Film Festival. It also screened at the London, San Paulo and Dresden film festivals.

The Ritson brothers' 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 short film, Love Hate starring Ben Whishaw and Hayley Atwell was completed in May 2009 and has just been selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Palm Springs Film Festival. They have also shot a fourth short film, Good Boy, starring Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson), Reece Shearsmith, Nicholas Burns, Joanna Page and Ritson's fiancee Hattie Morahan.[7]

The Ritson Brothers were selected for the front cover of Screen International's "Stars Of Tomorrow 2009".

Ritson played the banjolele on Doug Hodge's 2006 album Cowley Road Songs,[8] which was recorded in four days at the Blue Moon Studios in Banbury.[9]

Personal life

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.[2]

Blake's fiancee is the stage and screen actress Hattie Morahan,who was also the costume designer and script supervisor on one of the movies he and his brother directed. [10]

Selected credits


TV & film

  • Emma - Mr Elton (BBC, dir. Jim O'Hanlon)
  • Dead Man Running - Jarvis (dir.Alex De Rakoff)
  • Last Battle Dreamer - Alfred (Future Films, dir. Menno Meyjes)
  • God on Trial - Idek (Hat Trick, dir. Andy De Emmony)
  • Rocknrolla - James Sloane (Warner Bros, dir. Guy Ritchie)
  • The Commander - John Littlewood (La Plante Productions, Ashley Pearce)
  • Mansfield Park - Edmund Bertram (Company Pictures, Iain B Macdonald)
  • A Touch of Frost - Robert Presley – Frost's sidekick (ITV, dir. Roy Battersby)
  • Romantics - Percy Bysshe Shelley (BBC, dir. Sam Hobkinson)
  • AKA - Alexander Griffoyn (Bard Films, dir. Duncan Roy)
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries - Graham Marshall (BBC, dir. Bob Bierman)
  • The Cicerones - Cicerone (FilmFour, dir. Jeremy Dyson)
  • The Box - Pedro (Eclipse Productions, dir. Toru Tokikawa)
  • Me Without You - Tim (Dakota Films, dir. Sandra Goldbacher)
  • Titus - Mutius, (Urania Productions, dir. Julie Taymor)
  • If… - Ben Swale (BBC, dir. Richard Alwyn)
  • The Wicked Waltz - Strauss the Younger (BBC, dir. Rupert Edwards)
  • Ministry Of Time - Tom (BBC, dir. Mark Gatiss)
  • Red Cap, series 2 - Giles Vicary (BBC, dir. Justin Chadwick)
  • Red Cap, series 1 - Giles Vicary (BBC, dir. Justin Chadwick, Martin Hutchings)
  • Adventure Inc - Byron (Bright Films, dir. Mark Roper)
  • Red Cap - pilot film, Giles Vicary (BBC, dir, David Richards)
  • Urban Gothic - David (dir. Otto Bathurst)
  • The League of Gentlemen - Justin (BBC, dir. Steve Bendelack)
  • London's Burning - Dermot Griffin (ITV, dir. Tim Leandro)
  • Shooting the Past - Nick (BBC, dir. Stephen Poliakoff)
  • Knight School - Sir Roger (Granada, dir. Andrew Morgan), 2 series
  • Breaking the Code - Christopher Morcom (BBC, dir. Herbert Wise)
  • No Bananas - Pete (BBC, dir. Peter Norris/Alan Dossor)
  • Hilary and Jackie - Jack Spenser (Oxford Films, dir. Anand Tucker)
  • Different For Girls - Paul Prentice (X Pictures, dir. Richard Spence)
  • The John Lennon Story - Paul McCartney (Mico Europe, dir. Peter Lascelles)

Stage & radio

  • Violet - Mio (Royal Court, dir. Indu Rubasingham)
  • Love Is Blind - Manolito Trevelez (Royal Court, dir. Nathalie Abrahami)
  • Arcadia - Septimus (Bristol Old Vic 2004, dir. Rachel Kavanaugh)
  • HappyTime Park - Xavier (Riverside Studios 2002, devised and dir. Dylan Ritson)
  • In Praise of Love - Joey (Theatre Royal Bath 2001, dir. Deborah Bruce)
  • Arcadia - Augustus (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1994 - National Theatre/Michael Codron - dir. Trevor Nunn)
  • Macbeth - Fleance (National Theatre, Olivier 1993, dir. Richard Eyre)
  • White Chameleon - Paul Etheridge (National Theatre, Cottesloe 1991, dir. Richard Eyre)
  • The Luke Files - Bartholomew (RT Productions, dir. Paul McKusker)
  • Romeo and Juliet - Benvolio (Immersive, dir. Mark Rosenblatt)

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