James comes from Glasgow but he trained
at the Arts Educational Schools in London.
Leaving college he toured the country as "Benjamin" in the first national
tour production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.
In 1996 he started doing TOMMY at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London
as "2nd Pinball Lad" with that funny-looking blonde wig and understudying
the role of "Tommy" wearing another funny wig - a black one this time
After TOMMY which had to close on 8th February 1997 he took over the
role of Rusty from Paul Baker in STARLIGHT EXPRESS at the Apollo Victoria
Theatre ! As the steam train "Rusty" he made himself lots of fans
and (on the internet) he is considered as the "best Rusty" !!!
Just one year later in 1998 he left STARLIGHT to do another great
show - PIPPIN !!! It was played at the small Bridewell Theatre London
in May/June and performing the title role he was absolutely convincing
singing "...I´m extraordinary..." !!! Unfortunately that show only
ran for a few weeks and we had to stay without him for over 5 months
but he finally got a new role in December which made his fans smile
again !!! LEGENDARY GOLEM was the show and "Ben" his role ! The New
End Theatre in Hampstead was not easy to find as it was even smaller
than the Bridewell . As well as in PIPPIN you could find David Burt
in it , who is a great actor by the way !!!
After completing LEGENDARY GOLEM he did something very different ...
2 shows at Shakespeare´s Globe Theatre ! JULIUS CAESAR was the first
of 2 shows and seeing him as "Lucius" and "Publius" the show was still
funny as I didn´t understand a word of what everybody was saying ,
but when he had to die as "Young Cato" the show was not funny anymore
! ANTONY & CLEOPATRA in which he played "The Boy" and "Iras" was even
funnier as he had to dance on a table and play a girl - and he is
such a lovely girl !!!!
It didn´t take James very long to get a new role ... there will always
be a role for a talented guy like him !!! So he could be seen in Sweden
on FAME tour playing the role of magical Nick Piazza ! A role which
seems to be made for him ! After completing FAME he went back home
to Glasgow to play the part of JAMIE in his first panto at the King´s
Theatre - MOTHER GOOSE !
Exactly 1 year later James could be found in Chichester playing the
role of James (*g*) in GODSPELL! And
FINALLY ... James' cd is available since April 2001 !!! The release
of the cd was followed by a cabaret at the Jermyn Street Theatre in
June 2001, but after that things went quiet. Although we could all
watch him on tv in Orrible in atumn 2001 he didn't appear in any shows
for a while ... but no need to cry, June 2002 came and so did WHEN
HARRY MET BARRY, a funny show with a gorgeous James playing the part
of Spencer. More TV was soon to come and shame on everyone who missed
James in DOCTORS on BBC, directly followed by Mr Gillan starring as
Peter in PETER PAN at the Royal Festival Hall for which he recorded
the demo ages ago. About a year later and after doing another great
cabaret in September 03, he is back on stage in the rather strange
Boy George musical TABOO.....
If you are interested in what each
programme says about James , try the
follwing links ...