James Floyd (actor)

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James Floyd
James Floyd.jpg
James Krishna Floyd at the 2018 BAFTA Nominees party
Born 1987 (age 30–31)
North London, England
Education University College School, London
Alma mater London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
National Youth Theatre, London
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

James Krishna Floyd[1] (born 1987)[2] is a British actor.[3] He is mostly known for his roles in My Brother the Devil, Everywhere and Nowhere, and the TV series The Good Karma Hospital.[4][5] His ethnically ambiguous appearance has allowed him to portray characters of several different nationalities.[6][7][3][8][9]

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) named Floyd as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, and he has won a British Independent Film Award (BIFA).[10][11]

Early life[edit]

Floyd grew up in North West London.[4][8][12] His mother is Tamil Indian and his father is English, with Scottish ancestry. His father was a civil servant, working as a probation officer in areas such as Tottenham and Holloway. His mother taught English to refugees and also literacy to Category A prisoners at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs. In the 1950s when she was in her teens, with her family, they drove from Tamil Nadu, India to the United Kingdom. Their journey is documented in The Times archive.[13][12][8][4]

He has family in Spain, and Floyd can speak conversational Spanish.

Education[edit]

Floyd received funding through the Assisted Places Scheme for families on low enough income, to attend the independent school University College School.[14][15] He later attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to study a degree in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method but left to pursue an acting career in theatre.[3] He later became an alumnus of the National Youth Theatre.[4][2]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

His first role in film was as an emo goth in the British comedy horror Tormented.[16] He then had a role as a pop singer from Manchester in the comedy The Infidel.[4]

His first starring role was in the coming-of-age drama Everywhere and Nowhere. He played a British Pakistani teenager who has a passion for music and DJing.[17] It played at the Mumbai Film Festival and Dinard Film Festival and was released in 2011 in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.[18][19]

His next role in My Brother the Devil was his first successful break. He starred in the acclaimed 2013 drama about two British Egyptian brothers growing up on a tough council estate in Hackney, East London. It was Sally El Hosaini’s debut film as a writer/director and Floyd starred as a young drug-dealing boxer with a secret. His performance was widely acclaimed as he won the award for Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.[20] He also won Best actor at the Milan Film Festival and was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard Film Awards.[21][22][23] The film received multiple international awards including at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale and BFI London Film Festival. It was released in US cinemas in 2013 and then internationally.[24][24]

In 2015 he played the lead role of Alex Harks, an American orphan caught up in a private spy ring in the thriller Rogue Agent, exec produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and co-starring Anthony LaPaglia.[25]

In 2017, Floyd co-starred as a rags to riches British Indian businessman in British noir City of Tiny Lights along side Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper and Cush Jumbo. It was directed by Pete Travis and produced by Rebecca O’Brien.[26][27]

Television[edit]

In 2007 he played the role of Spanish footballer Miguel Lopez in the British TV series Dream Team. In 2009 he appeared in the TV Film Compulsion (based on Jacobean tragedy The Changeling) along side Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra.[28] In 2012 he appeared as a Spanish bullfighter in Seville set crime series Falcón for Sky Atlantic, along side Marton Csokas and Hayley Attwell.[29] He portrayed Freddie Mercury in the 2013 BAFTA winning BBC Four Kenny Everett biopic The Best Possible Taste. In 2016 he starred as Ishbaal, prince of the Israelites, in the ABC drama Of Kings and Prophets.[30] From February 2017 Floyd has been starring as the enigmatic Indian doctor Gabriel Varma in ITV’s hit series The Good Karma Hospital. It peaks at over 8 million viewers per episode.[31]

Stage[edit]

In 2007 he starred as a young alcoholic indigenous Canadian in J.B. Priestley’s play The Glass Cage at the Royal & Derngate theatre, directed by Laurie Sansom.[32] Other performances include the lead in Anna Ziegler’s Dov and Ali at Theatre 503, where he played an American Pakistani student from Detroit.[33]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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
2017-18 The Good Karma Hospital Dr. Gabriel Varma Series 1 & 2

Stage[edit]

  • The Glass Cage at the Royal & Derngate[34]
  • Dov & Ali at Theatre 503[35]
  • Totally Practically Naked... at the Tristan Bates Theatre[36]
  • Antigone at Hell's Mouth at the Soho Theatre[37]

Awards and recognition[edit]

For his role in The Glass Cage at the Royal & Derngate theatre Floyd received rave reviews and was praised as ‘a star-in-the-making’ by The Independent.[38] He also received critical acclaim for his role in Dov and Ali at Theatre 503 where The Stage called him ‘quite superb’.[11]

Time Out described his role in Everywhere and Nowhere as ‘a career-making performance’ and Screen International wrote ‘Floyd gives an attractive star performance.’ [39]

For his performance in My Brother the Devil Floyd won a BIFA for Best Newcomer at British Independent Film Awards, Best actor at the Milan Film Festival and was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard Film Awards.[7][6][40] He was selected as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2013 and was a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2012.[41][10] Time Out’s review of the film stated that ‘James Floyd in particular must now be on every director’s must-cast list.’ The Hollywood Reporter noted ‘My Brother the Devil should put Floyd on the casting map.’ while The Daily Telegraph praised his portrayal as ‘reminiscent of Robert De Niro.’ Empire Magazine wrote ‘James Floyd is magnetic.’ and the Daily Mail called it ‘an eye catching central performance.’[42][43][44][45] For his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in The Best Possible Taste the New Statesmen wrote ‘a delightful performance by James Floyd.’[46]

Floyd has been profiled by The Guardian,[47] Flaunt,[48] Evening Standard,[49] Mr. Porter,[50] Clash[51] (magazine) and Attitude (magazine).[52]

References[edit]

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