James Floyd (actor)

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James Floyd
Actor James floyd BFI.jpg
Floyd in April 2010
Born 1987 (age 29–30)
North London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

James Floyd (born 1987)[1] is an English actor.[2] He is mostly known for his roles in My Brother the Devil, Everywhere and Nowhere, Tormented, The Infidel, and City of Tiny Lights. His ethnically ambiguous appearance has allowed him to portray characters of several different nationalities.[2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Floyd grew up in North West London. His father is English, with Scottish and Welsh ancestry, while his mother is Indian Singaporean.[3][5] His family now lives in Spain, and Floyd can speak conversational Spanish. He left a philosophy degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science to pursue acting in theatre.[2] Floyd received funding on the Assisted Places Scheme (for families with low income) to attend the private school University College School.[6][7] He is an alumnus of the British National Youth Theatre.[8]



His first starring role in was in Everywhere and Nowhere.[9] It played at the 2011 Mumbai Film Festival and Dinard Film Festival and was released in 2011 in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.[10][11][12]

His performance in Sally El Hosaini's debut feature film My Brother the Devil, where he starred as a young, drug-dealing boxer with a secret,[13] won him the award as the Best Newcomer at British Independent Film Awards and Best Male Actor at the Milan Film Festival.[14][15] He was also nominated for an Evening Standard Film Award.[16][17][18][19]

Floyd will co-star in upcoming British noir thriller City of Tiny Lights directed by Pete Travis,[20] where he will play the role of ‘Lovely’.[21][22] He also plays the lead role of Alex Harks in upcoming American industrial espionage thriller Rogue Agent.[23]


From 2006 to 2007, he played the role of Miguel Lopez, a footballer, in the TV series Dream Team. In 2009, Floyd appeared in the TV film, Compulsion (based on Jacobean tragedy The Changeling) playing the role of a feckless son of an industrialist alongside Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra.[24] He appeared alongside Marton Csokas and Hayley Attwell in the Seville set crime series Falcón for Sky Atlantic.[25]

He portrayed Freddie Mercury in the 2012 BBC Four Kenny Everett biopic The Best Possible Taste.[26] He starred as Ishbaal in the ABC television drama Of Kings and Prophets.[27]

From February 2017, Floyd has been starring as Dr. Varma in The Good Karma Hospital.


In 2007, Floyd played the role of Angus McBane in J.B. Priestley's play The Glass Cage at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, directed by Laurie Sansom.[28] Other performances include, the lead in Anna Ziegler's Dov & Ali (2008) at Theatre 503.[29][30]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Tormented Nasser
2010 The Infidel Gary Page
2011 Everywhere and Nowhere Ash Khan
Spirit Jags Short film
2012 My Brother the Devil Rashid
2014 Hollow Priest Short film
2015 Newcomer Alex Harks
2016 City of Tiny Lights Lovely
Rearview Simon


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Holby City Anil Chohan Episode: "Metamorphosis"
2006-2007 Dream Team Miguel Lopez
2008 Compulsion Jaiman TV Movie
2012 Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story Freddie Mercury TV Movie
Falcón Rafa Falcon Episodes: "The Blind Man of Seville"
"The Silent and the Damned"
2016 Of Kings and Prophets Ishbaal
2017 The Good Karma Hospital Dr. Gabriel Varma


  • The Glass Cage at the Royal & Derngate[31]
  • Dov & Ali at Theatre 503[32]
  • Totally Practically Naked... at the Tristan Bates Theatre[33]
  • Antigone at Hell's Mouth at the Soho Theatre[34]

Awards and recognition[edit]

For his performance in My Brother the Devil, Floyd won a BIFA for Best Newcomer at British Independent Film Awards, Best Male Actor at Milan Film Festival and was nominated for an Evening Standard Film Award.[16][35][36] He was selected as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2013 and was a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2012.[37][38]

Screen International wrote "Floyd gives an attractive star performance" and Time Out described it as "a career-making performance" for his performance in Everywhere and Nowhere.[39][40][41] Evening Standard described his his performance as "outstanding".[42] A Time Out review for the film stated "James Floyd in particular must now be on every director’s must-cast list."[43] The Hollywood Reporter noted "My Brother the Devil should put Floyd on the casting map." while the Daily Telegraph described his portrayal as "reminiscent of Robert De Niro".[44][45] Empire Magazine wrote "James Floyd is magnetic", with Daily Mail writing "an eye catching central performance".[46][47]


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  20. ^ "City of Tiny Lights - Review (Toronto International Film Festival)". Flickreel. 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
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  23. ^ Kay, Jeremy (2014-02-10). "Content introduces Newcomer to EFM | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
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  27. ^ "'Of Kings and Prophets': James Floyd Joins Maisie Richardson and Ray Winstone in Cast of ABC's Pilot Drama About Israel's First King : News". Celebeat. 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
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  29. ^ Smith, Alistair (2008-06-13). "The Stage / Reviews / Dov and Ali". Thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  30. ^ Gardner, Lyn (2008-06-19). "Theatre review: Dov and Ali / Theatre 503, London | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
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  44. ^ Rooney, David. "My Brother the Devil: Sundance Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  45. ^ Expat Life (2012-02-08). "British film continues to shine at Sundance". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  46. ^ "Empire's My Brother The Devil Movie Review". Empireonline.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  47. ^ Tookey, Chris (2012-11-09). "Brotherly love turns this tale of London's hoodies devilishly good". Daily Mail. 

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