Bradley James

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Bradley James
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Bradley James at 2015 Comic-Con International
Bradley Michael James

(1983-10-11) 11 October 1983 (age 36)
Exeter, Devon, England
Years active2008-present

Bradley Michael James (born 11 October 1983) is an English actor. He is best known for portraying Arthur Pendragon in the BBC TV series Merlin, Damien in Damien (TV series), Varga in Underworld: Blood Wars, Giuliano de' Medici in Medici: The Magnificent (2018) and Brigadier General Felix Sparks in The Liberator (2020).

Early Life & Education[edit]

James was born in Exeter, Devon, England. He lived in North Bradley in Wiltshire before his family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, when he was nine.[1] During his time there, he attended Crown Point Elementary and Fletcher Middle School, before returning to England to attend Madeley High School in Madeley, Staffordshire, England.[2] Growing up James was a competitive football player but decided to pursue acting full time. [3] From 2004 to 2007 James attended Drama Centre London, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in acting.


James on Merlin set, April 2010

James first appeared in an episode of Lewis in 2008 and also played the part of Ben Davis in the BBC Three comedy-drama film Dis/Connected that same year. Following his performance in Dis/Connected the producers immediately cast him in as King Arthur, in the BBC One fantasy TV series Merlin. The show was a consistent hit series in the US; its first season was shown on the broadcast network NBC and its second, third, fourth, and fifth seasons on NBC's affiliate cable network Syfy. Merlin ended its 5-year run in 2012.[4] James went on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009.[5]

James also guest-starred as Edgar in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning political thriller television series Homeland in 2014.[6]

In 2015, James was cast as a villain in Underworld: Blood Wars.[7] The same year, he appeared in the television series iZombie as recurring character Lowell Tracey, a love interest for main character Liv.[8] He starred as title character Damien Thorn on the television series Damien, created by The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara a sequel to the Omen film series. The show debuted in March 2016.

In 2017 James was cast as Giuliano de' Medici in Medici: The Magnificent (2018) alongside Daniel Sharman as Lorenzo de' Medici. In 2018 James was cast in the lead role of American war hero Felix Sparks in The Liberator (2020) Netflix’s four-part World War II drama series based on the book by Alex Kershaw. This is the first project produced in Trioscope[9], a new enhanced hybrid technology that combines state-of-the-art CGI with live-action performance.

Personal Life & Philanthropy[edit]

James is an avid football player and long time supporter of Arsenal F.C.[10] James has played in several charity football and cricket matches including Soccer Six and Sport Relief.[11] He also captains a team in the annual Davey Holmes Cricket Cup which supports the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. James divides his time between London and Los Angeles. He and his friends run a regular fantasy football league and accompanying podcast called Are You Having A Draft? He has been known to support NHS and various dog charities such as Redemption Paws.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Fast Girls Carl
2016 Underworld: Blood Wars Varga
2019 The Courier Tom Dunbar [13]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lewis Jack Roth "Music to Die For"
2008 Dis/Connected Ben TV film[14]
2008–2012 Merlin Arthur Pendragon Main role[15][16]
2009 Children in Need Arthur "1.30"
2014 Homeland J.G. Edgars Episode: "The Drone Queen"[17]
2015 iZombie Lowell Tracey Recurring role[18]
2016 Damien Damien Thorn Lead role[19]
2017 Bounty Hunters Webb Sherman, Keegan Sherman Main Role[20]
2018 Medici: Masters of Florence Giuliano de' Medici Main role (season 2)[21]
2019 The Liberator Felix Sparks Lead role[22]


  1. ^ "Bradley James". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Syfy's 'Merlin' star has Jacksonville connections".
  3. ^ "Bradley James". IMDb. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Merlin to cast final spell as creators reveal that current series will be the last". 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  5. ^ "The Real Merlin and Arthur". BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Bradley James Credited w/Role in 'Homeland' Season 4". 18 June 2014. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  7. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (9 September 2015). "Bradley James Lands 'Underworld 5' Villain Role". Deadline. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  8. ^ Saclao, Christian (23 July 2015). "'iZombie' Creators Regret Killing Off Bradley James' Lowell?". Design & Trend. Archived from the original on 15 December 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  9. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (22 January 2020). "Entertainment Veterans Launch Next-Gen Animation House Trioscope Studios". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  10. ^ James, Bradley (24 August 2017). "This was the moment two Arsenal fans were told Arsene Wenger is happy with his squad this season @daniel_sharman …". @bradleyjames. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Sport Relief", Wikipedia, 18 March 2020, retrieved 19 March 2020
  12. ^ "Bradley James (@bradleyjames) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  13. ^ "This is First Lieutenant Tom Dunbar of the U.S.Army Air Force & he won't be leaving a tip for the service". Bradley James' Instagram. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  14. ^ "BBC THREE:Dis/Connected". BBC Three. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  15. ^ Webb, Claire (5 October 2012). "Bradley James: "Merlin has grown up. We've grown up"". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  16. ^ Dussander, Joe (4 January 2013). "MERLIN'S BRADLEY JAMES SAYS NO TO MOVIE AND SPIN-OFF". ScifiNow. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Wait... wut? Merlin's Bradley James is in Homeland and we missed it". Digital Spy. 21 July 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Bradley James from 'Merlin' guest stars on 'iZombie' season 1, episode 5". Hypable. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  19. ^ Harris, Jamie (4 December 2014). "Merlin's Bradley James to star in The Omen TV sequel Damien". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  20. ^ "Bounty Hunters (TV Series 2017– )". IMDb.
  21. ^ Clarke, Stewart (10 August 2017). "Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix's 'Medici' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (22 January 2019). "'The Liberator': Bradley James To Star In Netflix's Animated World War II Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

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