James Frecheville

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James Frecheville
James Frecheville and Jessica Tovey 2012 (1).jpg
Frecheville and Jessica Tovey, 2012
James Aitken Frecheville

(1991-04-14) April 14, 1991 (age 28)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active2008–present

James Aitken Frecheville (pronounced "fresh-ville";[1] born 14 April 1991) is an Australian actor known for his lead role in the Australian film Animal Kingdom as Joshua "J" Cody, a confused teenager and youngest member of a criminal family in Melbourne's underworld.[1]

Early life[edit]

Frecheville was born in Melbourne, and grew up in the suburb of Malvern East. He attended Lloyd Street Primary School as a child and was educated at McKinnon Secondary College as a teenager. He found a particular interest in drama and the arts at a young age and continued to excel in this field throughout his schooling life. Initially, Frecheville was involved with various youth theatre groups (mostly amateur theatre, including school productions) before commencing work as an extra on the Australian television series City Homicide.[2] Prior to his big break, Frecheville took part in a series of acting courses.[3]

Film debut[edit]

Auditions for Animal Kingdom took place in 2008 with about 500 young men competing for the lead role of "J" Cody. Filming commenced in 2009, causing some disruption to Frecheville's studies as a Year Twelve high school student. At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival (where the film won the World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic), The Hollywood Reporter described Frecheville as "a brilliant casting choice."[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Fourth Pillar Cain Polande/P083
2010 Animal Kingdom Joshua "J" Cody Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actor
Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor
2012 KIN Jim Short film
2012 The First Time Ronny
2013 Adore / Adoration Tom
2014 New Girl Buster 2 episodes
2014 Mall Mal
2014 The Drop Fitz
2014 Transparent Patrick 1 episode[4]
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Matthew Townshend
2015 About Scout Sam Prescott
2016 I.T. Ed Porter
2017 Highly Functional Bobby
2018 Requiem Nick
2018 Black '47 Feeney


  1. ^ a b James Frecheville's big break into film
  2. ^ a b "A 17-year-old's stunning debut". Smh.com.au. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  3. ^ "ANIMAL KINGDOM | In Cinemas JUNE 3, 2010 | Official Film Site | Madman Entertainment". Animalkingdomthefilm.com.au. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  4. ^ ""Transparent" recap (1.8): Best New Girl - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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