Jamie Bulloch

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Jamie Bulloch
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Jamie Bulloch in 2020
Born6 September 1969
EducationBristol University
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Historian
  • translator
SpouseKatharina Bielenberg
Parent(s)Jeremy Bulloch
Maureen Walker
RelativesRobert Watts (uncle)
Sally Bulloch (aunt)
Robbie Bulloch (brother)

Jamie Bulloch (born 6 September 1969) is a British historian and translator of German literature.

Life and work[edit]

Jamie was born at East Dulwich Hospital in 1969 and grew up in Tooting. He first attended Rosemead School, then Whitgift School, where he opened the bowling for the 1st XI. In 1981 he performed with the Children’s Music Theatre (now National Youth Music Theatre) at the Edinburgh Fringe in a production directed by Jeremy James Taylor, which was also filmed for Granada Television the same year. He returned to the Fringe in 1983 and 1989, appearing latterly in Silver, written by Jonathan Smith and directed by Anthony Seldon.

After taking a first in Modern Languages at Bristol University, he obtained an MA with distinction in Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). He took a couple of years out from studying to teach French and German at St Dunstan's College in London, then resumed with a PhD in interwar Austrian history,[1] in which he was supervised by Martyn Rady. He taught German language and Central European History at SSEES, UCL, King's College London and Warwick University, and he is the author of a book on Karl Renner in the 'Makers of the Modern World' series.[2]

Recent translations include Walk me Home by Sebastian Fitzek (Head of Zeus), Hinterland by Arno Geiger (Picador), Love in Five Acts by Daniela Krien (MacLehose Press), Sleepless by Romy Hausmann (Quercus Books) and The Capital by Robert Menasse (MacLehose Press), which won the 2017 German Book Prize. His best known work is Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes (MacLehose Press), which was longlisted for the 2016 IMPAC award and 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His translation of Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman was praised by the Times Literary Supplement.[3] He and his wife, Katharina Bielenberg, jointly translated Daniel Glattauer's hit novel, Love Virtually, and its sequel, Every Seventh Wave, both of which were adapted into radio plays starring David Tennant and Emilia Fox. His translation of The Mussel Feast won the 2014 Schlegel-Tieck Prize, an award for which he has been runner-up on two further occasions.[4] He also had two books on the shortlist for the 2021 Schlegel-Tieck Prize.[5] Zen and the Art of Murder was shortlisted for the 2018 Crime Writers Association International Dagger.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Jamie and Katharina live in London with their three daughters.[7] His father was the British actor Jeremy Bulloch, best known for his portrayal of Boba Fett in the Star Wars films.[8][a] His brother Robbie portrayed Matthew of Wickham in Robin of Sherwood.[9][b] His aunt Sally Bulloch was a child actress and had roles in several films including The Pure Hell of St Trinians.[10] She latter became the Executive Manager at The Athenaeum Hotel in Piccadilly.[10]


As author[edit]

As translator[edit]

Jointly translated with Katharina Bielenberg

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2021: Two books shortlisted for the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (The Hungry and the Fat and The Day My Grandfather Was a Hero)
  • 2020: Runner-up in the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (You Would Have Missed Me)
  • 2020: Shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize (You Would Have Missed Me)
  • 2018: Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger (Zen and the Art of Murder)
  • 2014: Winner of the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (The Mussel Feast)
  • 2014: Runner-up in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (The Mussel Feast)
  • 2013: Runner-up in the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (Sea of Ink)



  1. ^ He also portrayed Captain Colton in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
  2. ^ Jeremy Bulloch portrayed the character's father, Edward Wickham.


  1. ^ pdf of PhD from UCL site
  2. ^ Profile
  3. ^ TLS
  4. ^ Society of Authors translation prizes
  5. ^ Society of Authors news.
  6. ^ Crime Writers' Association 2018 shortlists
  7. ^ Profile
  8. ^ Toby Hadoke (20 December 2020). "Jeremy Bulloch obituary". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 21 November 2022. She survives him, as do their sons, Jamie and Robbie
  9. ^ "Robbie Bulloch". bfi.org.uk. BFI. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Sally Bulloch". banta.org. BAFTA. Retrieved 28 November 2022.