James Murray (English actor)

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James Murray
Born (1975-01-22) 22 January 1975 (age 43)
Manchester, England
Residence Hampshire
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998-present
Spouse(s) Sarah Parish (2007 - present)

Ella-Jayne (born May 2008, died January 2009).

Nell Murray (born 21 November 2009)

James Murray (born 22 January 1975) is an English actor, and the husband of actress Sarah Parish.

Early life[edit]

Murray was born in Manchester. His great-grandfather, Richard Hollins Murray, invented the reflecting lens in 1927.[1]


Murray found initial fame in ITV's soap opera Coronation Street (1998) as Sandy Hunter. He then starred in a series of both film and television pieces, including the comedy series Roger-Roger (1999), legal drama series North Square (2000), mini series Other People's Children (2000) and Sons & Lovers (2003), a Granada production of The Sittaford Mystery (2006) as Charles Burnaby, a film of the Thomas Hardy story Under the Greenwood Tree (2005) as Dick Dewy, plus earlier films Nailing Vienna (2002) as Peter, All the King's Men (1999) as Pvt Will Needham, and Phoenix Blue (2001) as Rick. He also found more permanent roles in Channel 4's 20 Things to Do Before You're 30 (2003) playing Glen and BBC One's season four of Cutting It (2005) as Liam Carney.

Murray starred in the ITV science fiction series Primeval as Stephen Hart, Nick Cutter's lab technician, in both series one (2007) and series two (2008).

Murray had the leading role of the father, Frank Davis, in It's Alive (2008) a remake of the '70s horror classic by Larry Cohen.

James had a role in Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a comic fantasy series for Comedy Central and BBC Two, which began airing in April 2009. His character is Ralph Longshaft.

According to United Agents James appeared on the CBS series CHAOS in Vancouver from November 2010 to April 2011. His character was called Billy Collins (not Michael Dorset as listed at their website).

In 2012 James appeared in series nine, episode seven of the popular BBC series New Tricks as Luke Oswald

James appeared in the second series of Death in Paradise as the character Ronnie Stuart in ep:6 - A Dash of Sunshine - Series 2 - broadcast February 2013 and filmed in Guadeloupe.

He also filmed the first episode of "Midsomer Murders" season 16 for airing over the Christmas 2013 season - "A Christmas Haunting". His character was a traumatized soldier called Ollie Tabori.

James was cast as Niles Pottinger,[2] the new Mayor of Defiance. The second season of the hit Syfy series Defiance started production in August, 2013 in Toronto and continued until December 2013. Series 2 aired 19th June 2014. James appeared in one episode (ep.3 Dead Air) of the third series which aired 27 June 2015.

The Channel 4 Production of Cucumber and Banana in January through to March 2015 features James' (as Daniel) work in several episodes.

He appeared as a regular in the fifth series of Suspects as DCI Daniel Drummond,[3] which aired 3 to 31 August 2016 (all six episodes).

James starred as the father, Edward,[4] in the three part ITV supernatural series HIM from 19th Oct to 2nd Nov 2016.

James appears in S1 Ep5: Temptation of the Netflix series Medici: Masters of Florence as Doge Foscari - first aired in November in Italy, and in December in the US, UK, Canada, India, Ireland.

Personal life[edit]

Murray married his Cutting It co-star Sarah Parish in Hampshire on 15 December 2007, following a two-year romance. On 18 January 2008, it was announced that Sarah was pregnant with their first child.[5] Their daughter was born 5 weeks premature in May 2008 and died in January 2009 aged 8 months due to a congenital heart defect.[6]

In her honour, Parish and Murray are raising funds [7] for the Children's Intensive Care unit at Southampton General Hospital where she was cared for.[8] In October 2009, it was announced that Sarah was expecting another child, to be born in the new year. Their daughter Nell was born 21 November 2009.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Coronation Street Sandy Hunter TV series (4 episodes)
1999 Roger Roger Jason the Gardener TV series (1 episode: "Two Much Wine, Too Many Stars")
All the King's Men Pte. Will Needham TV film
2000 Peak Practice Marcus Johnson TV series (1 episode: "Turning Tides")
Kevin & Perry Go Large Candice's Adonis Film
Other People's Children Lucas TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 1.3")
North Square Johnny Boy TV series (10 episodes)
2001 Phoenix Blue Rick Film
2002 Nailing Vienna Peter Film
Clocking Off Mark Talbot TV series (1 episode: "Episode No. 3.3")
Always and Everyone Dr. Danny Barton TV series (8 episodes: "Episode No. 4.1 – No. 4.8")
2003 Sons and Lovers William Morel TV film
20 Thing's to Do Before You're 30 Glen TV series (7 episodes)
Keen Eddie Colin Kinney TV series (1 episode: "Eddie Loves Baseball")
2004 Cutting It Liam Carney TV series (12 episodes: 2004-2005)
2005 Under the Greenwood Tree Dick Dewy TV film
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple: The Sittaford Mystery Charles Burnaby TV film
2007 Primeval Stephen Hart TV series (13 episodes: 2007-2008)
2009 It's Alive Frank Davis Film
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire Ralph Longshaft TV series (4 episodes)
2011 CHAOS Billy Collins TV series (Pilot and 12 episodes: 2011)
2012 New Tricks Luke Oswald TV series (1 episode: "Dead Poets" – No. 9.7)
2013 Death in Paradise Ronnie Stuart TV series (1 episode: "A Dash of Sunshine" – No. 2.6)
Midsomer Murders Ollie Tabori TV series (1 episode: "A Christmas Haunting" – No.16.1)
2014 Defiance Niles Pottinger TV series (Season 2-all eps, Season 3 ep 3)
2015 Cucumber Daniel Coltrane TV series (Season 1, ep1-6)
2016 Suspects D.C.I.Daniel Drummond TV series (Season 5, ep1-6)
HIM Edward TV series (all 3 episodes)
Medici: Masters of Florence Doge Foscari TV series(Season1, ep 5)
2018 Age Before Beauty Wesley TV series (all 6 episodes)


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