James Scott (actor)

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James Scott
Born (1979-01-14) 14 January 1979 (age 35)
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

James Scott (born 14 January 1979)[1] is a British actor. He is best known for playing E.J. DiMera on the long-running NBC drama Days of Our Lives.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. The eldest of four children, he has two brothers and a sister.[2] Initially schooled in Newcastle, Scott moved to an all-boys boarding school in Lancaster.[1]

After school, Scott moved to Edinburgh, Scotland on a voyage of self-discovery. His mother is Scottish and he spent a lot of time in Scotland as a boy.[1] His first summer there he managed to get a job working at the famous "Gilded Balloon Theatre", one of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's best-known venues, established by Karen Koren in 1986 in Edinburgh's Cowgate and worked with such great actors/comedians as Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, and Eddie Izzard. "They set me in motion, giving me the drive I needed to move forward. Soon it became apparent that I would need to move to London in order to truly focus on this as a career," Scott remembers.[3]


Scott began his career working in the music industry, and later started acting in community theatre.[2]

After only a few weeks in London, Scott was spotted by the Storm Model Management agency in London, home to Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson, and other prominent models. Modeling allowed him to earn enough money to put himself through school.[3] He studied for two years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[2]

I didn't always want to be an actor but I always knew I would be. Just a feeling that has lived within me from my earliest childhood memories.

— James Scott[3]

As time went on, he began to model for clothing companies. During a modeling trip to Los Angeles, he went to an acting class at the Ivana Chubbuck studio in Hollywood.[2] The class inspired him to save money and make the move to Los Angeles. He studied acting for two more years before being cast on All My Children. Scott originated the role of Ethan Cambias in August 2004 and played it until February 2006.[2] He has since moved on to Days of Our Lives where he took on the role of EJ DiMera in May 2006.[2]

During an interview in April 2014, Scott described a spiritual experience he had in Peru during a trip to the country, which he had just returned from prior to the interview, during which he took Ayahuasca with the guidance of Native Peruvian shamans.[4] During the interview, Scott described the experience as "the single most positive experience of my life" and further stated of the experience that "it sounds wacky when you say it, but it was truly the most important thing I have ever done. I came back a very different person."[5]

On 2 May 2014 it was announced that Scott would be leaving Days of Our Lives to pursue other endeavors.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2004-2006 All My Children Ethan Cambias Contract role
2006–present Days of Our Lives E.J. DiMera/Santo DiMera Contract role
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2011-2012)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated


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