James at Comic-Con, 22 July 2011
|Born||Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis
16 December 1984
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Nottingham
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Theo James (born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis; 16 December 1984) is an English actor known for portraying Jed Harper in Bedlam. In 2013, James played the lead as a rookie detective and future New York City police commissioner Walter William Clark, Jr., in the CBS crime drama Golden Boy. In 2014, James will be playing the character Four in the film adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel Divergent.
Early life and education
James was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, the son of Jane (née Martin) and Philip Taptiklis. His paternal grandfather was Greek (he moved from the Peloponnese to New Zealand). James's other ancestry is English and Scottish. He is the youngest of five children; he has two brothers and two sisters.
James made his television debut in A Passionate Woman, starring opposite Billie Piper. He played Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk in an episode of the first season of Downton Abbey. James starred in Bedlam, playing the lead role of Jed Harper. He appeared in the 2012 adaptation of John Braine's Room at the Top, playing Jack Wales.
His film credits include You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and The Domino Effect. James was cast in Stranger while still in his final year at drama school. His most notable role is of James, an obnoxious night club rep in The Inbetweeners Movie. In 2011, James was chosen to play the character as David in the fourth installment of Underworld: Awakening, released in 2012. In 2012 he also appeared in ITV's Case Sensitive starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. He was named a "Star of Tomorrow" in 2009 by industry magazine Screen International.
Among his upcoming film projects, James will star alongside Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess in the film adaptation of London Fields (2014), and in the indie drama Franny (2014) alongside Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning.
Outside his acting career, James was the singer and guitarist of the London-based band Shere Khan. On 21 November 2012 the band announced on their Facebook page that they were no longer actively playing as a band and that members would be pursuing other musical endeavors.
|2010||You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Ray|
|2011||The Inbetweeners Movie||James|
|2012||The Domino Effect||Dinner Party guest|
|2014||Divergent||Tobias "Four" Eaton|
|2014||London Fields||Guy Clinch||Filming|
|2010||A Passionate Woman||Alex "Craze" Crazenovski|
|2010||Downton Abbey||Kemal Pamuk||1 episode: episode 1.3|
|2011||Bedlam||Jed Harper||6 episodes|
|2012||Case Sensitive||Aidan Harper||2 episodes|
|2012||Room at the Top||Jack Wales||2 episodes|
|2013||Golden Boy||Walter William Clark, Jr.||Lead role|
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