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|Born||James Anthony Sturgess
16 May 1978
|Alma mater||Salford University|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums|
|Associated acts||Tragic Toys
James Anthony "Jim" Sturgess (born 16 May 1978) is an English actor and singer-songwriter. His breakthrough role was appearing as Jude in the musical romance drama film Across the Universe (2007).
Sturgess was born in London, but grew up in Farnham, Surrey, where he attended Frensham Heights School. He spent most of his youth skateboarding around his local car parks and started his first band as early as 15 years old where they would rehearse in the garage of his friend's dad's house. The band would also play gigs in and around his local area to any publican that would turn a blind eye to the fact that they were all under age.
Sturgess's first acting experience came when the local theatre group came to his school looking for kids to audition for the local play. Quickly realising that he would be able to miss school, he went along to the audition and landed one of the parts in the play. It was clear to both his school and his parents that he had a natural talent, but it was always music rather than acting that was at the forefront of his mind.
Sturgess moved to Manchester to attend Salford University hoping it would enable him to start another band and hang around the Manchester music scene, where most of his music idols were from. In Manchester, he fell in with a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers, and his passion for acting was re-ignited. He started to write and perform his own short films and plays. Whilst performing his one person show 'BUZZIN', based around his performance poetry, Jim was discovered by an acting agent. He graduated from the University of Salford in 1999 with an HND in Media and Performance.
In 2007, he got his big break when he was cast in Julie Taymor's musical Across the Universe, portraying Jude Feeny, a paternally shorn young man who travels to the US amid the raging throes of the late 1960s and falls in love with a sheltered American teenager, Lucy, played by Evan Rachel Wood.
In 2008, he appeared in the historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl in the supporting role of George Boleyn opposite Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana. He also played the male lead role of Ben Campbell in 21, a film about five MIT students, who, by counting cards, take Las Vegas casinos for millions. Sturgess's co-stars in 21 include Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne.
In 2009, he played Gavin Kossef in Crossing Over, appearing with Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. Set in Los Angeles, the story revolves around immigrants from different countries and backgrounds who share a common bond: they are all desperately trying to gain legal-immigrant status. Also in 2009, he starred in Kari Skogland's Fifty Dead Men Walking, loosely based on the true story, related in a best-selling book by Martin McGartland, of a young Northern Irishman who is recruited by the British police to infiltrate and spy on the Irish Republican Army, and who in the process ends up saving about fifty innocent lives.
Heartless, a film directed by Philip Ridley, premiered on 31 August 2009 at the London FrightFest Film Festival, a popular horror film festival. Sturgess appears as Jamie Morgan, a young man whose life has always been blighted by the large, heart-shaped port wine birthmark on his face and sells his soul to the devil. Jim Sturgess won the Best Actor Award at the 2010 Fantasporto Film Festival for his role. The film also won the Best Film Award and the Best Director Award for Philip Ridley.
In 2010, Sturgess starred in the film, The Way Back, which is based on a true story and is directed by Peter Weir. The character Sturgess plays is based on Sławomir Rawicz, a young Polish officer who escaped from a Russian gulag during World War II. Also in 2010, he did voice-over work for director Zack Snyder's 3-D animated feature film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, based on the children's book series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky.
In May 2010, Sturgess officially signed on to appear in One Day (based on the novel of the same title by David Nicholls) co-starring Anne Hathaway. The novel, about two students who meet on 15 July 1988, follows them on every 15 July for the next twenty years. Directed by Lone Scherfig, filming was completed on 17 September 2010 and theatrical release in August 2011.
Also during 2010, he filmed Upside Down. Filming was completed in May 2010 in Montreal, and as of early 2013 a limited international release was planned. Described as a "sci-fi romance", the film is the second full-length feature from the writer and director Juan Solanas. It was originally slated for release in 2011, but delays pushed back the release date.
A third film project in 2010 was Promised Land which was to be directed by Michael Winterbottom and, according to Variety, "will recount the lead up to the 1948 partition of Palestine and the subsequent creation of the state of Israel". Sturgess was to star as a British officer hunting down the extremist Jewish factions. The film was later put on hiatus because funding could not be secured.
In March and April 2011, filming took place for Ashes, a film directed by Mat Whitecross. The picture has been described as a contemporary film noir thriller that stars Ray Winstone and Lesley Manville along with Sturgess. Filmed in the Isle of Man, the production is being partially funded by the band Coldplay, university friends of the director. Sturgess co-starred in Cloud Atlas, which began filming in September 2011 and was released in October 2012.
Jim appears twice in Complex Magazine's 25 Minority Characters that Hollywood Whitewashed for his roles in 21 and Cloud Atlas. Cloud Atlas faced criticism by MANAA for having caucasian actors portraying East Asian men in the film. Sturgess posted a tweet about 'yellowface' which said "“Yellowface? Blackface? Pinkface? Pinkberry? Blackberry? Crackberry? Blueberry? Strawberry? Bananas? Frozen Yogurt? All the toppings?.Lovely!". To clear things up after criticisms by online blogs he wrote: "Tweet was misunderstood. Was responding to someone calling me 'yellowface'. I LOVE ALL faces and ALL flavours...that was the point!" Sturgess said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012: "Doona Bae's mum actually came on set. That was the biggest sort of accolade I could have got. Doona's mom came on set and she said [adopting generic Asian accent], 'Ah, you look like very nice Asian man.' So I'll take it from her."
Sturgess has been writing and performing his own music since the age of 15. He has played around the Camden music scene for many years in bands such as Saint Faith and Dilated Spies. He has also written music for some of his films including two tracks that he wrote and performed for Crossing Over. He also co-wrote the track "Panic and Magic" with his girlfriend, musician Mickey O'Brien and collaborated with director Philip Ridley in three tracks that appeared in the film Heartless.
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|1994||Browning Version, TheThe Browning Version||Bryant|
|2005||Mouth to Mouth||Red|
|2007||Across the Universe||Jude Feeny|
|2008||Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl||George Boleyn|
|2008||Fifty Dead Men Walking||Martin McGartland|
|2009||Crossing Over||Gavin Kossef|
|2010||Way Back, TheThe Way Back||Janusz Wieszczek|
|2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Soren||Voice role|
|2010||One Day||Dexter Mayhew|
|2012||Cloud Atlas||Adam Ewing/Hae-Joo Chang|
|2012||The Best Offer||Robert|
|2013||Electric Slide||Eddie Dodson||(Post-production)|
|2014||The Big Shoe||Nate||(Pre-production)|
|2014||The Lion's Share||Aaron Fletcher||(Pre-production)|
|2014||Eliza Graves||Edward Newgate||(Post-production)|
|2014||London Fields||Keith Tenant||(In-production)|
|2014||Kidnapping Freddy Heineken||Kidnapper||(Pre-production)|
|1999||Scarlet Pimpernel, TheThe Scarlet Pimpernel||Erik||Two episodes: "Valentine Gautier" and "The King's Ransom"|
|2000||Thursday the 12th||Martin Bannister||television film|
|2000||Other People's Children||Barry||Episode 1.2|
|2001||Residents, TheThe Residents||Banjo|
|2001||Heartbeat||Robert||Episode "The Long Weekend"|
|2001||Hawk||Shop Assistant||BBC miniseries|
|2002||Quest, TheThe Quest||Young Charlie||ITV television film|
|2002||Judge John Deed||Gary Patterson||Episode: "Abuse of Power"|
|2003||Touch of Frost, AA Touch of Frost||Laurence Burrell||Episode: "Close Encounters"|
|2004||Second Quest, TheThe Second Quest||Young Charlie||ITV television film|
|2004||Final Quest, TheThe Final Quest||Young Charlie||ITV television film|
|2005||Last Detective, TheThe Last Detective||Ryan||Episode: "Friends Reunited"|
|Year||Song||Credits / Notes||Film/Soundtrack|
|2007||"Girl"||Across the Universe|
|"All My Loving"|
|"With A Little Help From My Friends"||(with Joe Anderson)|
|"I've Just Seen A Face"|
|"Dear Prudence"||(with Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs &
Evan Rachel Wood)
|"Because"||(with Joe Anderson, T. V. Carpio,
Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy
& Evan Rachel Wood)
|"Strawberry Fields Forever"||(with Joe Anderson)|
|"Across the Universe"|
|"All You Need Is Love"||(with T. V. Carpio, Dana Fuchs
& Martin Luther McCoy)
|2009||"Mistake The Enemy"||(Writer and performer)||Crossing Over|
|"Make Your Mind Up"||(Writer and performer)|
|"Hine ma tov"||(Traditional)|
|"The Other Me"|
|"Panic and Magic"||(O'Brien/Stoney/Sturgess)
[Inspired by the film Heartless]
Awards and nominations
- 2008: Won, "Best Ensemble" – 21 (shared w/co-stars) at the ShoWest Convention, USA
- 2008: Nominated, "Choice Movie Breakout Male" – 21 at the Teen Choice Awards
- 2008: Nominated, "Choice Movie Breakout Male" – Across the Universe at the Teen Choice Awards
- 2008: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Canadian Film" – Fifty Dead Men Walking at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards
- 2009: First Runner-up, "Best Actor Golden Space Needle Award" – Fifty Dead Men Walking at the Seattle International Film Festival
- 2009: Nominated, "Best Newcomer" at the Jameson Empire Awards (UK)
- 2010: Won, "Best Actor" – Heartless at the Fantasporto awards.
- 1.^ From the soundtrack 21 – Original Motion Picture Score, not to be confused with the film's other soundtrack Music From The Motion Picture 21.
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
- Symkus, Ed (15 August 2011). "Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess trace their paths to 'One Day' – Entertainment – Canton, OH". CantonRep.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "Jim Sturgess Interview – Films – ShortList Magazine". Shortlist.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "News | Staff Channel | University of Salford – A Greater Manchester University". Staff.salford.ac.uk. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Scott, Mike (28 March 2008). "Actor Jim Sturgess' Career Is Poised for takeoff". "I think Julie definitely was into the fact that I was a musician."
- "Rotten Tomatoes Reviews of Across the Universe". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "film25". London FrightFest Film Festival. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- Goodridge, Mike (12 May 2010). "Hathaway, Sturgess Sign to Scherfig's One Day for Focus". Screen International. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Jim Sturgess (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole) Interview". Tribute. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Upside Down (2012)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "'Upside Down' Teaser Poster". Jimsturgessonline.com. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Winterbottom wants Promised Land". msn.com. 12 July 2012.
- Cooper, Sarah (12 May 2011). "Untitled Mat Whitecross Project | Features | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "Ray Winstone, Jim Sturgess & Lesley Manville Team For Noir 'Ashes'; Film Co-Financed By Coldplay". The Playlist (blog of indieWire). Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Hae-Joo Chang in Cloud Atlas (2012) — 25 Minority Characters That Hollywood Whitewashed". Complex. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "Cloud Atlas Tries To Get Away With Putting White Actors in Yellowface". Crushable.com. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "Tweet comments". Cdn.crushable. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Hochberg, Mina. "Jim Sturgess Can't Explain Cloud Atlas Either". Vulture. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "Electric Slide". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "The Big Shoe". Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "The Lion's Share". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Eliza Graves". Retrieved 2 April 2013.
- "London Fields". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- "Kidnapping Freddy Heineken". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- "Crossing Over (2009)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- "***Exclusive track for Heartless *** Panic and Magic van Ladyburden op Myspace". Blog on myspace.com. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "25 Days Later, 'Dynamite' and 'Cove' Tops with Seattle Audiences". indieWIRE. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "The Jameson Empire Awards 2009". Empire. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
- "Fantasporto". Fantasporto. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
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