James McArdle

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James McArdle
Born Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Awards Ian Charleson Award

James McArdle is a Scottish actor from Glasgow. Having worked as a child actor in films, he trained at RADA,[1] graduating in 2010. In his graduation year he appeared in Macbeth at The Globe and starred in the summer smash hit Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre in London. He was also well received in his role in A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

In 2011, McArdle played the role of Agathon in Emperor and Galilean by Henrik Ibsen at the National Theatre. He was also Robin Hood in the 2011 RSC production of the legend, adapted by Ella Hickson.

In 2012, he starred as Harold Abrahams in Chariots of Fire, Mike Bartlett's stage adaptation of the film of the same title, which opened at London's Hampstead Theatre 9 May and transferred to the West End on 23 June, running through 5 January 2013.

In 2014 he played King James I of Scotland in Rona Munro's King James I, which was presented at the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre.

In 2016 McArdle won the Ian Charleson Award for his 2015 performance as Platonov in Platonov at the Chichester Festival Theatre[2]


Year Title Character Production Notes
2015 Platonov
by Anton Chekov
Platonov Chichester Festival Theatre McArdle won the Ian Charleson Award
2015 Ivanov
by Anton Chekov
Yevgeni Lvov Chichester Festival Theatre Part of Young Checkov season
2014 James I
by Rona Munro
James I National Theatre Part of The James Plays
2012 Chariots of Fire Harold Abrahams Hampstead Theatre
Gielgud Theatre
2011 The Heart of Robin Hood
by David Farr[3]
Robin Hood RSC
2011 Emperor and Galilean
by Henrik Ibsen[4]
Agathon National Theatre
2010 A Month in the Country
by Ivan Turgenev[5]
Aleksei Belyaev Chichester Festival Theatre
2010 Spur of the Moment
by Anya Reiss[6]
Daniel Mast Royal Court Theatre Nominated for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards
2010 Macbeth
by William Shakespeare[7]
Malcolm The Globe


Year Title Character Production Notes
2014 New Worlds Will Blood Channel 4
2014 Salting the Battlefield Ted Finch BBC
2014 Turks & Caicos Ted Finch BBC
2014 37 Days Alec BBC
2013 Love and Marriage Charlie McCallister ITV
2011 Appropriate Adult[8] Stephen West ITV
2011 Page Eight[9] Ted Finch BBC
2001-2003 Stacey Stone Vendor BBC Scotland series 1 and 2


Year Title Character Production Notes
2015 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens[10] Niv Lek Walt Disney Pictures
2011 Scissors[11] Michael London Film School short film
2003 Recycled[12] Michael McGregor Tartan Small for BBC Films short film
2001 Neverland J. M. Barrie BBC
2001 Strictly Sinatra Young Boy BBC Films

External link[edit]


  1. ^ "Profiles : James McArdle". RADA. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  2. ^ https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/james-mcardle-wins-2016-ian-charleson-award/
  3. ^ "The Heart of Robin Hood". RSC. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ "Emperor and Galilean". National Theatre. Retrieved 2011. 
  5. ^ "A Month in the Country". Chichester Festival Theatre. Retrieved 2010. 
  6. ^ "Spur of the Moment". The Royal Court Theatre. 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ "Macbeth". The Globe. 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2010. 
  8. ^ "Appropriate Adult". Retrieved 2011. 
  9. ^ "Page Eight". Retrieved 2011. 
  10. ^ "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens". Retrieved 2015. 
  11. ^ "Scissors". Retrieved 2011. 
  12. ^ "Recycled". Retrieved 2003.