James Dreyfus

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James Dreyfus
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Born (1968-10-09) 9 October 1968 (age 45)
France
Nationality  United Kingdom
Occupation Actor

James Dreyfus (born 9 October 1968) is an English actor.

Early life and career[edit]

He was born in France but moved to England at an early age and was educated at Harrow School[1] and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[2] His parents divorced when he was very young.[3] He is openly gay.[4]

In 1998, Dreyfus won the Best Supporting Performance in a Musical Olivier Award for his work in The Lady In The Dark at the National Theatre. In the same year he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the Birmingham Rep.

Comedy[edit]

Dreyfus has created some memorable comedy characters, particularly on British television, including Constable Kevin Goody in Ben Elton's sitcom The Thin Blue Line and Tom Farrell, the gay flatmate of Linda (Kathy Burke) in Gimme Gimme Gimme. Dreyfus played opposite Bette Midler in the short-lived American sitcom Bette.

In November 2004, Dreyfus played Carmen Ghia in the London premiere of Mel Brooks' musical The Producers, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He played the role for 10 months until August 2005.

He played as Thermoman in the BBC One comedy My Hero, a role he took over in the sixth series from Ardal O'Hanlon. Although the same character, he used the name George Monday, as opposed to Ardal O'Hanlon's character's name, George Sunday. After disappointing ratings following his appointment, the show was axed from the BBC's schedule. Dreyfus also starred as Mr. Teasy-Weasy in the 2004 comedy film Churchill: The Hollywood Years.

In March 2006, he returned to the West End stage in a revival of Michael Frayn's comedy Donkeys' Years at the Comedy Theatre alongside Samantha Bond, David Haig and Mark Addy. He left in August of that year to prepare for his new lead role as the Emcee in a West End revival of Cabaret. In 2008 he appeared in revival of Simon Gray's The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

From September 2009 to January 2010 he appeared in Breakfast At Tiffany's at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London.

In January 2012 he appeared in the Midsomer Murders episode "A Rare Bird" as Ralph Ford.

Selected works[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Thin Ice Greg
1995–1996 The Thin Blue Line Constable Kevin Goody TV series (14 episodes)
1995–1996 Absolutely Fabulous Christopher TV series (2 episodes)
1996 Boyfriends Paul
1999 Notting Hill Martin
1999–2001 Gimme Gimme Gimme Tom Farrell TV series (19 episodes)
2000 Gormenghast Professor Fluke TV
2000 Bette Oscar US TV series (18 episodes)
2004 Fat Slags Fidor TV
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Gordon
2005 Willo the Wisp Voice
2006 Colour Me Kubrick Melvyn Prescott
2006-2007 My Hero George Monday / Thermoman TV series (8 episodes)
2007 Cabaret Emcee West End theatre production
2007 Double Time Lawrence Nixon/George McCabe
2007 Nina and the Neurons Felix (voice)
2009 Casualty Rory TV
2011 The Sarah Jane Adventures Harrison TV
2012 Midsomer Murders Ralph Ford TV
2012 Casualty Felix TV
2012 Whitechapel Ripperologist Charlie Cross TV
2012-2013 Mount Pleasant Reverend Roger TV
2013 Shameless School Inspector TV
2013 Dandelion & Burdock (UK TV series) Dandelion TV

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