James is a versatile actor with a love of both the stage and screen. James trained at The City Lit, Covent Garden in London completing their Advanced Performance Diploma in July 2012. Since turning professional in 2012 he has appeared in numerous theatre productions performing as Bassanio in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, London and as Edgar in Sir Jonathan Miller’s production of ‘King Lear’ at The John Lyon Theatre. During the 2012 summer Olympics he performed as part of Coca-Cola’s Future Flames Showcasing Cast at The Olympic Park and was involved in several short films including ‘Poppy’ which won best cinematography on YouTube. In 2013 he appeared as Axel, in a new translation of Strindberg’s ‘Playing with Fire’ at The Drayton Arms Theatre, South Kensington, directed by Anna Ostergren and rated 3 Stars by The Guardian. He also performed as The Officer in ‘A Dream Play’ in spring that year at The John Lyon Theatre, Covent Garden and filmed the official music video ‘Killing Time’ for the band Secret Friend. In 2015 James toured with Quorum Theatre in the south of France performing two comedies by Philip Ayckbourne and then worked for five months in Venice playing both Luigi and Fabio in ‘Venezia: The Show’ the longest running show in Italy. James returned to London from Venice in the autumn of 2015 and had roles in several short films including Edgar Allan Poe in ‘The Lighthouse’ and as Constable Murray Smith in the Scottish TV Pilot ‘Edinburgh Blue’. James joined The Walking Theatre Company in the spring of 2016 and has been very excited to begin performing with the company with his first shows being at Buckleberry Park in both ‘A Wiz Around Oz’ and ‘Conference of The Fairies’.
Prior to training as a professional actor James gained an honours degree in Japanese Studies from Durham University and then began training for the qualifications necessary for the British Stunt Register. During this time he became qualified to an advanced level in stage combat and had various roles in theatre and in front of the camera ranging from musical theatre and Greek Tragedy to the film ‘Batman Begins’ and The Paul O’Grady Show.
James is also a photographer, artist, writer, poet and songwriter and was the lead singer and bassist for hard rock band Life Under Surveillance until 2012 and was awarded a poetry grant by Arvon in spring 2013 to study at Lumb Bank.