James Mackay (actor)

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James Mackay
James Mackay 2012 Publicity Shot 2.jpg
Born (1984-07-20) 20 July 1984 (age 33)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009–present

James Mackay (born 20 July 1984) is an Australian actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Mackay attended Sydney Grammar School in Sydney, Australia, where he first starting acting in school plays.[1]

Mackay studied at the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in history and English literature, before training as an actor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth.[2]


Acting: stage[edit]

In 2013 Mackay played Irwin in the Alan Bennett play The History Boys at the Sydney Opera House,[3] alongside John Wood, Heather Mitchell and Paul Goddard. In 2012 he performed with the Sydney Theatre Company as Danceny in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, with Hugo Weaving and Pamela Rabe.[4]

Mackay was an artistic associate of independent theatre company Cry Havoc.[5] He worked on two shows with the company, William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in 2009 (playing Marc Antony),[6] and Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in 2010 (playing Andrey), for which he also collaborated on an original music score.[7]

Acting: film and television[edit]

Mackay most recently appeared as William Beaumont in the 2015 Australian film The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.[8] He is also credited on imdb.com as having worked on the films Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson, and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the next instalment of Jerry Bruckheimer's franchise, directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

Other credits include Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce,[9] and The Lovers, directed by Palme d'Or winner and Oscar nominee Roland Joffé (The Mission, The Killing Fields). Mackay also played roles in the 2012 horror-thriller Redd Inc[10] (released as Inhuman Resources in the US),[11] Matchbox Pictures’ series The Straits, a crime drama filmed in Cairns and the Torres Straits,[12] and the 2012 television comedy Micro Nation.[13]

In 2017, Mackay was cast in The CW's Dynasty reboot as Steven Carrington.[14]


In June 2013 Mackay was the recipient of the fifth annual Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship.[15]



Year Play Role Company
2009 Julius Caesar Marc Antony Cry Havoc
2010 Three Sisters Andrey Cry Havoc
2012 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Danceny Sydney Theatre Company
2013 The History Boys Irwin Peach Theatre Company


Year Film Production company, director Role Type
2009 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Miramax, dir. Troy Nixey The Librarian Feature
2010 Rescue: Special Ops Southern Star/Ch. 9, dir. Garth Maxwell Saxon Blake TV episode
2010 Connection AFTRS, dir. Jen Leacey Dan Short Film
2011 Hairpin AFTRS, dir. Laura Scrivano Simon Short Film
2012 Redd Inc, aka "Inhuman Resources" Green Light Productions, dir. Dan Krige Rudy Khan Feature
2012 The Straits Matchbox Pictures/ABC, dir. Rowan Woods, Peter Andrikidis and Rachel Ward Joel Thomson TV Series
2012 Micro Nation Ch. 10/Freehand Productions dir. Andrew Garrick Lindsay MacFadden TV Series
2012 Being Venice Dragonet Films, dir. Miro Bilbrough Fireman Feature
2013 Singularity Corsan Films, dir. Roland Joffé Charles Stewart Feature
2014 The Tomorrow People WBTV/The CW Julian Masters TV Series
2015 The Dressmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse William Beaumont Feature
2016 Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson Prosecutor Feature
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Maddox Feature


Year Project Role Notes
2010 Rescue: Special Ops Saxon Blake Episode: "Out of the Ashes"
2012 The Straits Joel Thomson (5) episodes
2012 Micro Nation Lindsay McFadden Episode: "Meet Pullamawang"
2014 The Tomorrow People Julian Masters (2) episodes: "Enemy of My Enemy", "Rumble"
2017 The Leftovers Bernard Episode: "G'Day Melbourne"
2017 Love Child Lance Episode: Season 4, Episode Three
2017 Dynasty Steven Carrington Series regular


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