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Callis at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International
4 June 1971
London, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of York, (B.A., English and Related Literature, 1993)|
|Spouse(s)||Neha Callis (1998-present; 3 children)|
|Children||Joshua, Sacha, Anika|
James Callis (born 4 June 1971) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries and television series, and Bridget Jones' best friend in Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. He joined the cast of the TV Series Eureka, on Syfy, in 2010.
Callis was born and brought up in London, where he attended Harrow School in north-west London. His parents owned a bed-and-breakfast. In a comment to a fansite, Callis repudiated the claim that he comes from aristocratic roots by saying that he is the descendant of poor immigrants from Russia and Poland.
Callis attended the University of York, graduating in 1993 with a BA in English and Related Literature. He was a member of Derwent College, for which he was an enthusiastic rugby player. At university he was also a keen student actor, director and writer. He was a key member of the University of York Gilbert and Sullivan society and even appeared in productions put on by friends at Cambridge University, including a production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party.
Callis went on to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 1996. In the same year, he was awarded the Jack Tinker Award (Theatre Record Critic of the Year) for Most Promising Newcomer for his performance in Old Wicked Songs, a two-hander by Jon Marans, in which he starred alongside Bob Hoskins.
Callis has appeared in various West End productions and television series as well as on radio. He has also been involved in writing and directing. His directorial debut was Beginner's Luck, a co-production of his and writer/director Nick Cohen's Late Night Pictures and Angel Eye Film & TV, starring Julie Delpy, Steven Berkoff and Fenella Fielding. Beginner's Luck was critically panned, but ran for almost three weeks on one print (all the low-budget film could afford) in one cinema in central London, then went on a tour of student cinemas around the U.K. The U.K. distributor was Guerrilla Films. The film is still on the Icon Catalogue.
Callis finished filming his first role in a cinema film, Bridget Jones's Diary, alongside Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant, in the summer of 2000 and between a few further film and TV roles went back on stage in the Soho Theatre in December 2002.
In 2003, Callis played the role of Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries, and continued the role in the regular series that followed. In 2006, Callis won Best Supporting Actor Saturn Award and an AFI award for his performance as Baltar.
Callis and his wife, Neha, married in December 1998. They have three children: Joshua, Sasha and Anika.
|Film and Television|
|1996||Murder Most Horrid||TV||Mark (in episode: "Confess")|
|Soldier Soldier||TV||Major Tim Forrester|
|1997||A Dance to the Music of Time||TV||Prof. Russell Gwinnett|
|1998||The Scarlet Pimpernel||TV||Henri|
|Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Going Wrong||TV||Guy Curran|
|1999||Heat of the Sun||TV||Clive Lanyard|
|Surety||Short film||Directed & produced with Nick Cohen|
|Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll||TV||The Wolf|
|Jason & The Argonauts||Film||Aspyrtes|
|2000||Arabian Nights||TV||Prince Ahmed|
|2001||Bridget Jones's Diary||Film||Tom|
|Victoria & Albert||TV||Ernest of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Prince Albert's brother)|
|Beginner's Luck||Film||Mark (James also wrote, co-directed & co-produced this film)|
|Helen of Troy||TV||King Menelaus (Helen's husband)|
|Battlestar Galactica||(2003–09) TV||Doctor Gaius Baltar|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Film||Tom|
|2006||One Night with the King||Film||Haman|
|2009||Merlin and the Book of Beasts||Film||Merlin|
|Numb3rs||TV||Mason Duryea (season 5, episode 23: "Angels and Devils")|
|2010||FlashForward||TV||Gabriel McDow (3 episodes)|
|Eureka||TV||Dr. Trevor Grant (9 episodes)|
|Reuniting the Rubins||Film||Danny Rubins|
|2011||Merlin||TV||Julius Borden (1 episode)|
|2012||Midsomer Murders||TV||Toby and Julian DeQuetteville (1 episode)|
|Eureka||TV||Dr. Trevor Grant (season 5, episode 13: "Just Another Day...")|
|Portlandia||TV||Himself (1 episode: "One Moore Episode")|
|DCI Banks||TV||Owen Pierce (2 episodes)|
|Arrow||TV||The Dodger (1 episode: "Dodger")|
|CSI||TV||John Mechiston (2 Episodes)|
|1999||HMS Ulysses||Saturday Playhouse (Radio 4)||Aired on 14 June 1997|
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