|The Thin Blue Line (1995–96) |
Absolutely Fabulous (1995–96)
Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999–2001, 2006)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2011)
Mount Pleasant (2012–17)
James Dreyfus (born 9 October 1968) is an English actor, most notable for his roles on television sitcoms The Thin Blue Line as Constable Kevin Goody, and Gimme Gimme Gimme as Tom Farrell. Dreyfus is most recently known for his role as Reverend Roger in Mount Pleasant.
He was born in France but moved to England at an early age and was educated at Harrow School and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His parents divorced when he was very young.
In 1998, Dreyfus won the Best Supporting Performance in a Musical Olivier Award for his work in The Lady In The Dark at the National Theatre. In the same year, he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the Birmingham Rep.
Dreyfus's first television break came with the BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. followed by roles as Constable Kevin Goody in Ben Elton's sitcom The Thin Blue Line and Tom Farrell, the gay flatmate of Linda (Kathy Burke) in Gimme Gimme Gimme. Dreyfus played opposite Bette Midler in the short-lived American sitcom Bette.
Known for portraying "camp, endearing characters," Dreyfus (in a Sheengate Publishing interview) compared the character Frank Spencer from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, whom he described as a campy but married heterosexual, to Dreyfus's character Kevin Goody from The Thin Blue Line. Regarding his character Tom Farrell from Gimme Gimme Gimme, Dreyfus hypothesized that, even if the character were heterosexual, the actor would still portray Tom as camp and flamboyant. Furthermore, Dreyfus said that he felt that he became typecast due to his portrayals of "flamboyant" characters.
He played Thermoman in the BBC One comedy My Hero, a role he took over in the sixth series from Ardal O'Hanlon. Although the same character, he used the name George Monday, as opposed to Ardal O'Hanlon's character's name, George Sunday. After disappointing ratings, the show was cancelled.
In 2017 he voiced the first incarnation of The Master from Doctor Who in the Big Finish Productions release The First Doctor Adventures Volume One, going on to appear as the character in 2019's 'The Home Guard' and 2020's 'The Psychic Circus'.
|1995–96||The Thin Blue Line||Constable Kevin Goody||TV series (14 episodes)|
|1995–96||Absolutely Fabulous||Christopher||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1999–2001||Gimme Gimme Gimme||Tom Farrell||TV series (19 episodes)|
|2000–2001||Bette||Oscar||U.S. TV series (18 episodes)|
|2004||Fat Slags||Fidor Konstantin||TV|
|2004||Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London||Gordon|
|2004||The Producers||Carmen Ghia||Theatre Royal, Drury Lane|
|2004||Waking the Dead||Raymond Carstairs|
|2005||Willo the Wisp||All voices||Revival to original 1981 series|
|2006||Colour Me Kubrick||Melvyn Prescott|
|2006||My Hero||George Monday / Thermoman||TV series (8 episodes)|
|2006-7||Cabaret||Emcee||Lyric Theatre, London|
|2007||Double Time||Lawrence Nixon/George McCabe|
|2007||Nina and the Neurons||Felix (voice)|
|2011||The Sarah Jane Adventures||Harrison||TV|
|2012||Midsomer Murders||Ralph Ford||TV|
|2012–2017||Mount Pleasant||Reverend Roger||TV|
|2013||Dandelion & Burdock||Dandelion||TV|
|2013-14||Candide||Dr Pangloss||Menier Chocolate Factory, London|
|2015||Father Brown||Binkie Cadwaller||Episode 3.10 "The Judgment of Man"|
- "How We Met: James Dreyfus & Robert Portal". The Independent. 11 May 2008.
- Wylie, Ian. "Double trouble for James". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Fletcher, Mary, Why life's looking Goody for James, TV Times, pg 31.
- Thomas Quinn. "Interview: James Dreyfus". thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Our interview with James Dreyfus". sheengate.co.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- Our interview with James Dreyfus. Interviewed by Rob Edwards. Sheengate Publishing. 31 January 2013.