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July 9, 1966
|Years active||1984 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Camilla Waldman (divorced)|
James Bartlett (born 9 July 1966) is a South African actor best known for his role as the wicked puppet master, David Genaro on Rhythm City that is aired in many African countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Cameroon, Malawi and Ghana.
Bartlett is a well known and multi faceted South African actor currently starring in Rhythm City as David Genaro. He started playing his role as David Genaro in 2007. He was the first person to speak in scene 1 on the popular TV series Isidingo as character Mike O'Riley when it was aired on South African television. On the set of Isidingo he acted opposite Hlomla Dandala who acted as Derek Nyathi.
He also guest stars in the South African, Canadian TV series Jozi-H. The TV series is a hospital drama set in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was also a judge on SA's got talent alongside Shadow Twala and DJ Fresh.
In the 2004 British film drama Red Dust, Bartlett acted in a supporting role of Dirk Hendricks, a local policeman, opposite Hilary Swank where Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper directed the film. The film, based on the novel Red Dust by Gillian Slovo sees a New York lawyer Sarah Barcant (Hilary Swank) return to the place where she grew up, South Africa. Barcant returns to fight the case of Alex Mpondo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a black politician who was tortured during the apartheid regime. The truth of the killing of Mpondo's comrade Steve Sizela by Piet Muller (Ian Roberts) is confirmed by Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett).
The 2007 horror thriller Prey saw Bartlett playing a supportive role as Crawford, a professional hunter and guide. A film where an American family whilst on holiday in South Africa get lost while on a game reserve and are stalked by lions. Crawford's services are enlisted in an attempt to track the lost family, who ventured into the park on a game drive but were surrounded by lions.
Bartlett starred in the 2010 children's parable White Lion , alongside fellow South African Best Actor Tony Award Winner John Kani and Thabo Malema. The film won the SAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography in a feature film, Best Music Composition in a feature film and Best Sound Design in a feature film. Filmed on location at the Kingdom of the White Lion, SA Lion Park, Nash's Farm, Glen Afric and Entabeni Game Reserve, Bartlett played a professional hunter.
His latest starring role is in the movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom based on the 1994 book Long Walk to Freedom written by former South African president Nelson Mandela. In the film Bartlett plays the supporting role of Sergeant James Gregory.
Most of Bartlett's theatre work took place at the Market Theatre where he had strong ties during the Apartheid era. The theatre was founded by Mannie Manim and the late Barney Simon in 1976. It was known internationally as South Africa's "Theatre of the Struggle" and challenged the apartheid regime.
Cock and Bull Story marked the beginning of Bartlett's professional career in 1986 where he played the role of a gay boxer and won a Vita Award for Most Promising Actor.
A year later Bartlett starred in the satire play East in 1987 and won the [[Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards|Fleur du Cap Theatre Award] for Best Actor.
In 1990 the actor was directed by Neil McCarthy in Rainshark at the Market Theatre.
Neil McCarthy directed Bartlett in Mojo in 1997 also at the Market Theatre where he won the Vita Best Actor Award.
The Great Outdoors starring Bartlett premiered at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in July 2000, where he played the leading role. He had a lead role in the theatre production of The Fire Raisers which toured Switzerland
Bartlett recently returned to the Market Theater for Death of a Colonialist  in 2011, where he played the lead role of an eccentric 60-something history teacher, Harold Smith from award-winning playwright Greg Latter's play. Bartlett won the 2010 Naledi Award for Best Performance by an actor in a Lead Role. The play received positive reviews for its script and acting.
|1987||American Ninja 2: The Confrontation||Support||dir. Sam Firstenberg|
|1991||Sweet 'n Short||Spookie Simpson||dir. Gray Hofmeyr Leon Schuster|
|1993||American Ninja V||Support||dir. Cedric Sunstroom - Cannon Films|
|A Private Life ||Support - Dickie||dir. Francis Gerard|
|1997||Ernest Goes to Africa||Lead - Mr. Thompson||dir. John R. Cherry III|
|1999||Bravo Two Zero||Lead - Vince||dir. Tom Clegg|
|2003||Beyond Borders||Support - Josh||dir. Martin Campbell for Paramount films|
|2004||Red Dust||Support||dir. Tom Hooper|
|2006||12 Days of Terror||Support - Schleisser||Fox TV and Discovery Channel|
|Avenger||Lead||dir. Robert Markowitz|
|2007||Prey||Lead||dir. Darrell Roodt|
|2010||White Lion ||Lead||dir. Michael Swan|
|2013||Nothing for Mahala||Lead - Mike||dir. Rolie Nikiwe|
|Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom||Support - Sgt. James Gregory||dir. Justin Chadwick|
|The Fire Raises||Lead||Toured Switzerland (Geneva & Bern)|
|The Great Outdoors||Lead||Grahamstown National Arts Festival|
|East||Lead||dir. Barney Simon||Fleur Du Cap Theatre Award for Best Actor|
|Mojo||Lead||dir. Neil McCarthy||Vita Award for Best Actor|
|Cock and Bull Story||Lead||Vita Theatre Award for Best Up & Coming Actor |
|Death of a Colonialist||Lead||dir. Craig Freimond|
|2007 - 2020||Rhythm City||Lead -David Genero||dir. Harriet Gavshon||E TV Daily Drama |
South African Film & Television Award for Best Actor
|Jozi - H||Support||dir. Mfundi Vundla||Canadian TV|
|1999||Isidingo - Mini Series||Lead - Mike O Riley||dir. Johnny Barbuzano||Crystal Award for Best South African Actor|
|1997 - 1999||Isidingo - Daily Drama||Lead - Mike O Riley||SABC 3 Daily TV Drama |
|1997||Sexy Girls||M-Net |
Made for TV movie
- The Crystal Award for Best Actor “Isidingo”
- Vita Award for Best Lead Actor “The Great Outdoors”
- Avanti Television Award for Best Actor “Isidingo”
- Vita Award for Best Actor “Mojo”
- Fleur Du Cap Theatre Award for Best Actor “East”
- Vita Theatre Award for Best Up & Coming Actor “Cock & Bull Story"
- South African Film & Television Award for Best Actor “Rhythm City”
- Trained in Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town
- Post Graduate Master classes with Peter Bridgemont at Chrysalis Theatre Acting School, London.