James Northcote (actor)

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James Northcote
Born James Walker
(1987-10-10) 10 October 1987 (age 31)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor

James Northcote (born James Walker; 10 October 1987) is a British actor and producer who has appeared in The Last Kingdom (TV series),The Imitation Game, Nymphomaniac, Anna Karenina and Wuthering Heights.

Early life[edit]

Northcote, born in London,was brought up and went to school in the West Country. He went into drama at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he studied English. As a member of the National Youth Theatre, playing celebrity chef Alexis Soyer in their 2010 production of Relish,[1] about the life of Soyer under the direction of Paul Roseby. At University he appeared with the Cambridge Footlights notably as the evil Nalu in the 2009 Pantomime Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves[2] and the Marlowe Society as Mercutio in a production of Romeo and Juliet.[3] At the Edinburgh Fringe he played Toad in Wind in the Willows [4] winning an Edinburgh NSDF Commendation- Emerging Artists Award.

Professional career[edit]

He made his professional debut as Edgar Linton in Wuthering Heights[5][6] directed by Andrea Arnold.[7] His theatre work includes appearing in the Trevor Nunn production of Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard and The Resistible rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht at Chichester Festival. Recent stage roles are as Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van at the Theatre Royal Bath, Caleb in the UK premier of The Whipping Man under the direction of Tom Attenborough at the Theatre Royal Plymouth [8] and as Mr Darcy in the Crucible Theatre Sheffield production of Pride and Prejudice, Millais in Lizzie Siddal at the Arcola[9][10] and Yolland in the highly successful production of Translations by Brian Friel with the English Touring Theatre.[11] James appears in Lars von Trier controversial film Nymphomaniac [12] and as Mr Vaughan in Belle.

Northcote appears the BBC Drama of SS-GB (miniseries)[13] based on the bookSS-GB by Len Deighton and in the second series of The Last Kingdom (TV series), The Imitation Game as mathematician Jack Good, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke.[14][15] James will be appearing as the lead in a new French film The Open directed by Marc Lehore.[16] As a Producer he has completed a short film 'Morning is Broken', which was selected at British Film Institute Flare in 2015 and subsequently was used in the global Five Films 4 Freedom[17] Campaign with the British Council.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Wuthering Heights Edgar Linton Professional debut
2012 Anna Karenina Princess Betsy's Footman
2013 Nymphomaniac Young Lad 1 on Train
2013 Belle Mr Vaughan
2014 The Imitation Game Jack Good
2014 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Ties That Bind Linus Finch TV film
2015 The Open Ralph
2015 Patient Zero Pete Townshend
2015 Morning is Broken Producer


2017 The Last Kingdom Aldhelm 8 Episodes (series 2)
2017 SS-GB John Spode 3 Episodes
2012 Silk Tom McFarland 1 Episode
2013 Endeavour Johnny Broom 1 Episode
2015 Life in Squares Adrian Stephens 2 Episodes


  1. ^ Cavendish, Domenic (10 September 2010). "Relish at the Tramshed, Shoreditch, review". Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  2. ^ Hallan, Marcus (2009-12-16). "2009 Footlights Pantomime: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves". The Cambridge Student Newspaper. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  3. ^ Turney, Eleanor. "Three hours traffic of the stage". Eleanor Turney. Archived from the original on 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  4. ^ Euan Ferguson. "Chronicles of Long Kesh, F**ked and Wind in the Willows | Theatre review | Culture | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  5. ^ Xan Brooks. "Wuthering Heights – review | Film". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  6. ^ "The Brontean Dandy: James Northcote | Topman Generation". Magazine.topman.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  7. ^ Paul, Thompson. "The Reader's Guide to Wuthering Heights". Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  8. ^ Malone, Roger (28 September 2015). "The Whipping Man review at The Drum, Plymouth – 'thought-provoking and gripping'". The Stage. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  9. ^ Purvis, Libby. "Love and Art amont the Pre Raphaelites". Theatre Cat. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  10. ^ Green, Jeremy (2014). Lizzie Siddal (1st ed.). London: Nick Hearn Books. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-84842-392-3. Retrieved 2014-06-09.
  11. ^ Hickling, Alfred (23 February 2014). "Translations – review Crucible, Sheffield" (23 February 2014). Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  12. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin. "Watch: First Clip From Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'". Indiewire. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  13. ^ "SS-GB". bbc.co.uk. BBC Media. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  14. ^ Feldberg, Isaac. "First Images Of Benedict Cumberbatch In WWII Drama The Imitation Game". Wegotthiscovered.com. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  15. ^ Carino -, Rochelle Paula -. "Benedict Cumberbatch Is a Math Genius in The Imitation Game". Movie News Guide. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  16. ^ Cadars, Cyril. "The Open". Cyril Cadars. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  17. ^ Brown, Mark (18 March 2015). "Love is ... five gay films going global in the name of human rights" (18 March 2015). Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  18. ^ Council, British. "Five Films 4 Freedom". film.britishcouncil.org. Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.

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