Born in Winchester and raised in Salisbury, James came to acting late in life. After nine months doing volunteer work in a children’s care home in Canada during his gap year, he returned to the UK to study for a Geography degree at The University of Southampton where he first performed on stage in Hampshire Youth Theatre’s production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ in 2003.
In 2004 and 2005 James performed in productions of ‘A Thousand and One Nights’ and ‘The Rover’ respectively, with the Hampshire Youth Theatre and in December 2006, he played Dick Tassel in Studio Theatre’s production of ‘The Happiest Days of Your Life’.
Between 2007 and 2011, he lived and worked in Tokyo as an English
teacher. When he returned to England, whilst finding continued employment in the English teaching industry, he performed with Studio Theatre in concurrent productions, appearing as Mr Crimond and Quint in ‘Turn of The Screw’ (November-December 2011), Richard III in ‘Bottled Spider’ (March 2012) and Tony in ‘Third Week in August’ (May 2012).
James is delighted to be part of the Facing Tides team and excited about the forthcoming productions; he concludes ‘I look forward to the challenges ahead’.