James Baxter (actor)
|James William Baxter|
3 August 1990 |
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
|Years active||2007 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Dominique Baxter (m. 2012)|
Early and personal life
Baxter was born and brought up in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and educated at Farringdon Community Sports College. He attended weekly classes at NADA (the Northern Academy Of Dramatic Arts) held at the city's Royalty Theatre. Whilst there he appeared in various productions including Some Like It Hot and the pantomime Aladdin (Christmas 2006).
He married Australian-born Dominique Sonia Paul in London in 2012.
In the Fiona Evans stage play Scarborough at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival, his performance as a teenager embarking upon an illicit affair with his PE Teacher won him a best-actor nomination for a Festival Fringe Award, and favourable reviews
He has played in the North East musical Fine Fine Fine based on a story by Denise Robertson.
In 2007 Baxter landed the role of Jake Doland, in the long running ITV soap opera Emmerdale Baxter left the soap in 2009. in 2012 Baxter played Jesus (of Caesarea) in the episode "Lemons" of the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. He also had a bit part in the BBC's The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury, filmed on Tyneside, and played Alex Maddison in the ITV World War II drama Joe Maddison's War.
In 2013, Baxter played the role of Leroy in the BBC One Christmas special of Still Open All Hours the revival of Open All Hours. The show is set to return for a full series towards the end of 2014.
'Imaginary Boys': As part of BBC Radio 4s Afternoon Play strand, James played 17 year old schoolboy David in a Paul Magrs play. David is followed by, and falls in love with, an alien called Lawrence. Lawrence is a noveliser from Verbatim 6, a species that is also featured in Margs' Big Finish audio book 'Find and Replace' and 'Ringpullworld'.
- Smith, Alistair Assembly Rooms leads nominations for Stage Awards The Stage News, 17 August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2013
- Gardner, Lyn Edinburgh theatre review: Scarborough The Guardian, 6 August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2013
- "Look who's the b-b-boss now: Granville pulls on Arkwright's famous brown coat as David Jason returns in Open All Hours after 30 years". Daily Mail. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.