James Aubrey (actor)
James Aubrey Tregidgo (28 August 1947 – 6 April 2010), known professionally as James Aubrey, was an English stage and screen actor. He trained for the stage at the Drama Centre London, some years after making his professional acting debut in a production of Isle of Children (1962) and his screen acting debut in the film adaptation of Lord of the Flies (1963). He later performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
James Aubrey Tregidgo
28 August 1947
|Died||6 April 2010 (aged 62)|
|Spouse(s)||Agnes Kristin Hallander (divorced)|
Early life and educationEdit
Aubrey was born in 1947 in Klagenfurt, Austria. His parents were Major Aubrey James Tregidgo and Edna May Tregidgo (née Boxall). He was educated at the Wolmer's Boys' School in Kingston, Jamaica, the Windsor Boys' School, at Hamm, in Germany, and St John's School, Singapore, before training for the stage at the Drama Centre London from 1967 to 1970.
Aubrey made his first professional stage appearance at the Wilmington Playhouse in March 1962 in the role of Philip in Isle of Children. It was in this same role that he made his Broadway theatre debut, appearing in a 1962 production at the Cort Theatre which lasted only 11 performances. From 1970 to 1972, Aubrey performed at the Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow, appearing in such roles as Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and Theridamas in Tamburlaine.
Aubrey made his London stage debut at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973 as a police constable in the premiere of Howard Brenton's Magnificence. From 1973 to 1974, Aubrey toured with the Cambridge Theatre Company as Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer and again as Aguecheek. Aubrey performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company for their 1974–75 season, appearing in such roles as Sebastian in The Tempest and Froth in Measure for Measure. He toured with the Cambridge Theatre Company again in 1979 in the roles of Mark in The Shadow Box and Tony in From the Greek. Other venues at which Aubrey appeared include the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Comedy Theatre and the Old Vic.
Aubrey first appeared in a film at the age of fourteen, in the film adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, released in 1963, taking the lead role of Ralph. He played Gavin Sorenson in the television adaptation of Bouquet of Barbed Wire (1976) and its sequel, Another Bouquet (1977). He also worked with two British filmmakers, Norman J. Warren (Terror, 1978) and Pete Walker (Home Before Midnight, 1979), and played the ill-fated pop singer B.J. in the Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980).
In 1986, Aubrey starred in Forever Young, directed by David Drury. He portrayed Mark in three episodes of Lytton's Diary in 1986. In 1997, he appeared in an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's The Apocalypse Watch and was also a guest star in an episode of the TV series Brief Encounters in 2006.
During his final months, Aubrey worked with a group of local independent film-makers. Overseeing casting sessions for Shadows of a Stranger at the Hub in Sleaford in early 2010, Aubrey was also set to play the lead role in the production, but died a month before filming began.
- Ronald Bergan Obituary: James Aubrey, The Guardian, 12 April 2010
- Anthony Hayward Obituary: James Aubrey, The Independent, 16 April 2010
- Ian Herbert, ed. (1981). "AUBREY, James". Who's Who in the Theatre. 1. Gale Research Company. p. 30. ISSN 0083-9833.
- Isle of Children at the Internet Broadway Database
- James Aubrey on IMDb
- "Casting for lead in film". Thisislincolnshire.co.uk. 24 April 2010. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- ”TREGIDGO James A & HALLANDER Agnes K E” in Register of Martiages for St. Pancras Registration District, vol. 5d (1970), p. 2311
- Weber, Bruce (17 April 2010). "James Aubrey, Who Played the Hero in 'Lord of the Flies,' Dies at 62". The New York Times.
- Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 267.