James Baxter (actor)

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James Baxter
Born James William Baxter
(1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 26)
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Television Emmerdale (2007–09)
Still Open All Hours (2013–present)

James William Baxter (born 3 August 1990) is an English stage and TV actor best known for his role as Jake Doland in the ITV soap Emmerdale and Leroy in the BBC1 series Still Open All Hours.

Early and personal life[edit]

Baxter was born and brought up in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and educated at Farringdon Community Sports College. He attended weekly classes at NADA (the Northern Academy Of Dramatic Arts) held at the city's Royalty Theatre. Whilst there he appeared in various productions including Some Like It Hot and the pantomime Aladdin (Christmas 2006).



In the Fiona Evans stage play Scarborough at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival, his performance as a teenager embarking upon an illicit affair with his PE Teacher won him a best-actor nomination for a Festival Fringe Award,[1] and favourable reviews[2]

He has played in the North East musical Fine Fine Fine based on a story by Denise Robertson.

Baxter created the role of Bruce Blakemore in Silk Road by Alex Oates at Assembly Studios as part of the Edinburgh Festival 2014.


In 2007, Baxter landed the role of Jake Doland, in the long running ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Baxter left the soap in 2009, together with his on-screen family, at the conclusion of their storyline. In 2012 Baxter played Jesus (of Caesarea) in the episode "Lemons" of the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. He also had a bit part in the BBC's The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury, filmed on Tyneside, and played Alan Maddison in the ITV World War II drama Joe Maddison's War. In November 2013 he joined the cast of Hebburn as a guest in series two.

Since 2013, Baxter has played the role of Leroy in the BBC1 series Still Open All Hours, the revival series of Open All Hours.[3]


'Imaginary Boys':[4][5] As part of BBC Radio 4s Afternoon Play strand, James played 17-year-old schoolboy David in a Paul Magrs play. David is followed by, and falls in love with, an alien called Lawrence. Lawrence is a noveliser from Verbatim 6, a species that is also featured in Margs' Big Finish audio book 'Find and Replace' and 'Ringpullworld'.


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