James Lafferty

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James Lafferty
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Born James Lafferty
(1985-07-25) July 25, 1985 (age 31)
Hemet, California, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor, director and producer
Years active 1997–present
Relatives Stuart Lafferty (brother)

James Lafferty (born July 25, 1985) is an American actor, director and producer. He is best known for his portrayal of Nathan Scott on The CW teen drama television series One Tree Hill from 2003 to 2012.

Early life[edit]

Lafferty was born in Hemet, California to Angelica and Jeffrey Lafferty, who own a local construction company.[1] He has a younger brother, actor Stuart Lafferty. Having worked as an uncredited extra on television shows including Beverly Hills, 90210[2] and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,[3] Lafferty received his first significant acting role in a school play when he was ten years old. Lafferty then attended Hemet High School (where he played on the school's basketball team) until 2003, after which he enrolled at California State University, Long Beach. At age eighteen, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, having been cast as Nathan Scott on The CW's teen drama series One Tree Hill.


In 1997, at age twelve, Lafferty made his small-screen acting debut with a voice-over role in the made-for-television film Annabelle's Wish. Lafferty has since made guest appearances on television series' such as Once and Again, Get Real, and Boston Public. In 2002, Lafferty starred in the ESPN made-for-television film A Season on the Brink, an adaptation of the book of the same name by John Feinstein. The film centered on the 1985–86 season of Indiana University's college basketball team.

In 2003, Lafferty was cast in his breakout role of Nathan Scott on The WB/The CW teen drama series One Tree Hill. The series follows two estranged half-brothers, Nathan and Lucas Scott, who are put on the same basketball team, jeopardizing Nathan's position as the star player. In May 2011, The CW renewed the series for a ninth and final season, for which Lafferty chose to return on a recurring basis rather than in a full-time starring role.[4] Over the course of the later seasons, Lafferty directed four episodes. He received four Teen Choice Award nominations throughout his time on the series.

In February 2008, Lafferty was cast in the straight-to-DVD sequel to the cult film Donnie Darko.[5][6] Titled S. Darko, the film was released in May 2009, and received mostly negative reviews from critics.[7] In April 2011, Lafferty was confirmed to star alongside One Tree Hill cast mate Stephen Colletti and brother Stuart Lafferty in a planned adventurous reality television series entitled Wild Life: A New Generation of Wild, for which he was an executive producer. A pilot episode was filmed, however the series failed to find a network.[8] In 2013, Lafferty was cast in the NBC crime thriller series Crisis, as Mr Nash. This was followed by landing the lead role of Jimmy Adams in the independent movie Waffle Street, alongside Danny Glover, and being cast in a recurring role during the first season of WGN America's slave drama Underground.[9] In August 2015, Lafferty directed an episode of the second season of E! drama series The Royals, and returned to direct a few more episodes during season three.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Lafferty currently resides in Los Angeles, California. An ardent basketball player, Lafferty was part of the New Orleans basketball team at the 2008 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game alongside Ne-Yo, Terrell Owens, Seth Gilliam, and Master P. The team defeated the Hornets 51–50.[11] He is a supporting partner of the Wilmington Sea Dawgs. From 2003 to 2008, Lafferty hosted an annual charity basketball event in Wilmington. In 2009, he announced that he was canceling the event, stating: "As a result of constant harassment and gross invasions of privacy via email and telephone, targeting myself, my friends and even my family, I no longer feel comfortable holding a fundraiser in such an intimate setting with fans."[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Annabelle's Wish Buster Holder Voice
2003 Boys on the Run Joe Ferguson
2009 S. Darko Justin Sparrow
2011 The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy Eigson Howard
2013 Lost on Purpose Fever
2014 Oculus Michael Dumont
2015 Waffle Street Jimmy Adams
2017 Small Town Crime Tony Lama


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Emeril James Lagasse Unaired Pilot
Boston Public Michael Scott Episode 1.18 "Chapter Eighteen"
2001–02 Once and Again Tad Episode 3.05 "Destiny Turns on the Radio"
Episode 3.08 "The Sex Show"
Episode 3.09 "Tough Love"
Episode 3.14 "The Gay-Straight Alliance"
2002 Prep Jackson Unaired Pilot
First Monday Andrew Unaired Pilot
A Season on the Brink Steve Alford Television film
Get Real Billy Episode 1.22 "The Last Weekend"
2003–12 One Tree Hill Nathan Scott Main Role
182 episodes
2014 Crisis Mr. Nash Recurring role
8 Episodes
2016 Underground Kyle Risdin Episode 1.03 "The Lord's Day"
Episode 1.04 "Firefly"
Episode 1.06 "Troubled Water"
Episode 1.07 "Cradle"
Episode 1.09 "Black & Blue"
Episode 1.10 "The White Whale"

Other works[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–12 One Tree Hill Director Episode 6.22 "Show Me How to Live"
Episode 7.07 "I and Love and You"
Episode 8.05 "Nobody Taught Us to Quit"
Episode 9.06 "Catastrophe and the Cure"
2010 Hours Before Executive producer Short film
2015–16 The Royals Director Episode 2.07 "Taint Not Thy Mind, Nor Let They Soul Contrive Against Thy Mother"
Episode 3.02 "Passing Through Nature to Eternity"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star – Male One Tree Hill Nominated
2005 Choice TV Chemistry (with Chad Michael Murray) Nominated
2010 Choice Scene Stealer – Male Nominated
Choice Parental Unit (with Bethany Joy Lenz) Nominated


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