James Lance

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James Lance
BornJames Frederick Grenville Lance
(1974-09-29) 29 September 1974 (age 44)
Southampton, Hampshire, England
ResidenceWestbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset, England
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Kate Quilton (m. 2016)

James Frederick Grenville Lance (born 29 September 1974 in Southampton, Hampshire) is an English actor, best known for his appearances in a number of British comedy series. He also starred in the 2009 ITV drama Boy Meets Girl, alongside Martin Freeman.

Early life[edit]

Lance grew up in Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset, he attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School. He appeared in the ITV mockumentary Moving Wallpaper and in ITV1's Boy Meets Girl, as well as in the ITV2 original comedy No Heroics as Timebomb.

Minor roles[edit]

Lance's roles include dealer Sticky in the drug-related series Top Buzzer, Matt in two series of Teachers, Ben in the first series of I'm Alan Partridge, Jamie in Absolute Power and various roles in the sketch show Smack the Pony. He also played Richard, Daisy's boyfriend, in Spaced, and Tom in the BBC series Hotel Babylon.[1]

He played a small part in Series 1, Episode 4 of Absolutely Fabulous in 1992, playing the part of Saffy's classmate [2]

Lance appeared very briefly as a video game reviewer in Series 2 of GamesMaster on Channel 4 talking about games peripherals.[citation needed]

Lance has also had roles in films including Late Night Shopping, The Search for John Gissing, Marie Antoinette, Bronson as art teacher Phil Danielson, and in 2012 in Bel Ami.

Major roles[edit]

He has acted in the mini-series The Impressionists (as Bazille) and the sitcoms The Book Group, Sensitive Skin and Rescue Me. Smaller roles have included appearances in 2 point 4 Children, People Like Us, Saxondale, and as "Daniel" in the 1992 episode of Absolutely Fabulous called Iso Tank. Additionally he played the character of Mr. Hugo in the pilot episode of Biffovision, as well as featuring alongside Mark Heap and Tim Key in another Paul Rose-penned pilot, "Now The Weather". He also guest-starred in the 2012 fourth series of the BBC Three production Being Human, as the ghost of a murderer named Kirby. He was in a 2015 episode of Midsomer Murders, called "The Dagger Club".[3]

Lance has voiced several UK TV commercials for brands such as Maybelline, Wrigley's Extra and the AA.[citation needed] As of August 2013, Lance appears in adverts for Moneysupermarket.com.[citation needed]

Lance appeared on stage as Miles at the Trafalgar Studios in May 2009 in Marcus Markou's play Ordinary Dreams; Or How to Survive a Meltdown with Flair. He portrayed Eric Idle at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival in a play called Pythonesque by writer Roy Smiles.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2016, Lance married Kate Quilton.[citation needed] The couple had a son in 2018.


  1. ^ "BBC One - Hotel Babylon". BBC. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ "ISO Tank". IMDb.com. 3 December 1992. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Bedroom scene with Thurman". ThisIsSomerset.co.uk. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  4. ^ Jones, Alice (25 August 2009). "Pythonesque, Udderbelly's Pasture". The Independent. Retrieved 16 June 2010.

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