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Adam James (born 9 September 1972) is an English television and stage actor.

Adam James
Adam James

(1972-09-09) 9 September 1972 (age 47)
London, England
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Victoria Shalet (m. 2015)


James's godfather was Jon Pertwee. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was a contemporary of Dominic West and Daniel Evans and graduated in 1996.[1] In September 2015, he married actress and psychotherapist Victoria Shalet. Their first child was born in September 2016, and he has a daughter from a previous relationship, Daisy.


His credits include Band of Brothers, The Mother of Tears, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, Bonekickers, Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant and a long running storyline in Casualty, as well as an episode of ITV2 drama Secret Diary of a Call Girl. He appeared in Extras, as the new agent of Ricky Gervais's character. He has also appeared in Ashes to Ashes as Edward Markham in the first episode.

In 2009 James appeared in the Doctor Who episode "Planet of the Dead", co-starring with David Tennant, the pair having first worked together in Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre 1999 production of King Lear. James' other theatre work includes Blood and Gifts (2010) and Much Ado About Nothing (2011), alongside David Tennant and Catherine Tate. He has recently appeared in a few rehearsed readings at the Royal Court and Finborough Theatre.

He played Monsieur de Barra in the feature film A Little Chaos and recently played Jeremy Heywood in Coalition, a Channel 4 drama about the 2010 election. In November 2015 he reprised his role as Prime Minister Mr Evans in King Charles III on Broadway, New York. In April and May 2016, he played Hovstad in An Enemy of the People at Chichester Festival Theatre.

He is due to appear in The Game, a Cold War era spy thriller for the BBC.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Cold Lazarus Militia man
1996 Island Ross
1996 Sharpe's Regiment Captain Carline
1996 The Bill PC Kelleher Played PC Kelleher in 2 episodes – "A Good Night Out" and "No Assistance Required".
1998 Silent Witness Eden Blackman
1998 Life of the Party Winston Spencer Churchill
1999 Let Them Eat Cake Marquis de Bonvie
2000 Tenth Kingdom Beantown Man
2000 I Saw You Kevin
2001 Murder on the Orient Express William McQueen
2001 Table Twelve-After Hours Chef
2001 Band of Brothers Pvt. Cleveland O. Petty playing Pvt Petty in Currahee (Episode 1), Day of Days (Episode 2), Carentan (Episode 3) and Crossroads (Episode 5)
2001 The Lost Battalion Capt. Nelson Holderman, Co. K 307 th
2002 Trust Charles
2003 Holby City Tim Preston Adam also played Pete Guildford in Casualty
2003 Doctors Bryan Evans
2003 Reversals Dr Glen Morrow
2004 England Expects Daniel Isaacs
2004 As If Richard
2005 Meucci William Ryder Italian TV film
2005 Casualty Pete Guildford playing Pete Guildford for 17 episodes
2005 Love Soup Guy Cassidy
2006 Shiny Shiny Bright New Hole in my Heart Rupert
2006 Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Titus Flavius playing Titus Flavius in episode 3, The Jewish Revolt (a.k.a. Rebellion)
2006 Desperados David Barclay
2006 The Amazing Mrs Pritchard Mark McCaffrey
2007 Judge John Deed Major General Waters He played Major General Waters in parts 1 & 2 of "War Crimes"
2007 Waking the Dead Michael Leonard He played Michael Leonard in parts 1 & 2 of "Deus Ex Machina"
2007 The Commander Tony Lattice
2007 Sold Darius Bowmore
2007 Extras Tre Cooper Adam played Ricky Gervais' agent in the final episode
2008 Ashes to Ashes Edward Markham playing a drug dealer in first episode of Life on Mars sequel
2008 My Family Daniel
2008 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Matt Hexton/Tony Adam appeared in series two
2008 Harley Street Calvin Morgan first episode
2008 Bonekickers John episode "The Lines of War"
2008 Consuming Passion Mick TV film
2008 Wired Simon Penvell
2009 Hotel Babylon Carlton Foreman series 4, episode 2 playing a fight promoter
2009 Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant Henry VIII
2009 Jonathan Creek Alec Christmas special "The Grinning Man"
2009 Hustle Carlton Wood Adam appeared in episode 2 and episode 6 of the fifth series
2009 Doctor Who D.I. McMillan Adam appeared in the Doctor Who Easter special "Planet of the Dead"
2009 The Execution of Gary Glitter John Carter QC
2009 Sleep With Me MacDara
2010 A Touch of Frost Gregory Salmond Adam played a lawyer in the last two episodes "If the Dogs Run Free parts 1 & 2"
2010 Foyle's War Major Wesker
2010 Lewis Ethan Croft Adam appeared in "Your Sudden Death Question" as an officially designated troublemaker
2010 Trinny and Susannah: From Boom to Bust Dinner Guest Adam appeared in part four
2010 Miranda Rupert "the bear" Episode "Let's Do It"
2010 In Dalston Nobody Can Hear You Scream Pen
2011 Law & Order: Los Angeles Max Steinberg playing a lawyer in episode "Benedict Canyon"
2012 Vexed Charlie Brewer Series 2
2012 Silent Witness Dr Richard Fell (second time in Silent Witness, playing a different character)
2013 Holby City Alan McLaren Episode "Promises, Promises"
2013 Law & Order: UK Michael Gennis Season 7 Episode 1 Tracks
2013 Churchill's First World War (a.k.a. Churchill:The War Letters) Winston Churchill Docudrama (First Broadcast 30 July 2013 BBC4) Adam played Winston Churchill's grandson in Life of the Party (1998)
2013 Family Tree Ronnie Chadwick HBO/BBC2 Comedy Adam appears in the fourth episode. (First Broadcast 6 August 2013 in the UK).
2014 The Crimson Field (formerly The Ark) Colonel Charles Purbright 2 episodes. Adam appeared in the first, (6 April 2014)and the last of the six episode series
2014 The Game George TV Series for BBC, '70s set spy show, expected to be shown

Spring 2015

2014 The Assets Walt Escott TV Series for ABC
2014 Grantchester James Heath TV Series for ITV
2014 Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot State Inquisitor BBC Documentary on the Gunpowder Plot
2015 Coalition Jeremy Heywood Channel 4 Drama about 2010 UK election (Aired Saturday 28 March 2015 at 9pm).
2015 Drifters Julian Season 3 Episode 1
2015 Doctor Foster Neil Mini Series
2015 Capture the Flag Scott Goldwing Voice Role
2015 Catherine Tate's Nan Charles Wilmott
2016 – Home from Home Robert Dillon BBC sitcom (regular role)
2017 King Charles III Prime Minister Tristan Evans
2017 1066: A Year to Conquer England Harold Godwinson Docudrama

Film and shortsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Forbidden Territory Albert Barney
1999 Gregory's Two Girls Phil
2000 High Heels and Low Lifes Rupert
2001 Its Not You Its Me Rob short
2002 Three Blind Mice 1st Exec (uncredited)
2002 A Family Man Mark short
2003 Prima Dammi Un Baccio Stephen speaks Italian
2004 Show short
2004 De-Lovely Horsegroom
2006 Just in Time John Graham Ashton short
2006 The Road to Guantanamo Chris Mackay docu-drama
2006 CMC short
2007 Mother of Tears Michael Pierce a.k.a. Le Terza Madre (Italian title) nominated as Best Actor at the David di Donatello Awards
2008 Broken Lines Toby
2008 Last Chance Harvey Josh Hillman
2011 Acting = Intensity + Rebellion Movie Director short
2011 2 in a million Jeff short
2012 Tad, the Lost Explorer Max Mordon voiceover, animated film
2013 Kilimanjaro Thomas Samuelson This film was released in 2013 and has been shown at the SXSW, Dallas and Newport Film Festivals
2013 A Little Chaos Alan Rickman Monsieur De Barra
2018 Johnny English Strikes Again Pegasus
2018 Hunter Killer Captain Forbes


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Coriolanus Meninius
1995 A View From a Bridge Rudolpho
1995 Tamburlaine
1996 Lone Star Cletis
1996 Private Wars Gately
1996 Unseen Hand Cisco
1997 Poor Super Man Matt nominated as Best Newcomer at the MEN Awards
1998 Chimes at Midnight Hotspur
1998 Glass Menagerie Gentleman Caller
1999 King Lear Edmund
2000 Snake in the Fridge Randy
2002 Original Sin Eugene Black
2002 Time and the Conways Robin Conway
2004 The Importance of Being Earnest Algernon Moncrieff
2006 Rabbit Richard playing the same role in the Brits off-Broadway season at the 59E59 Theatres in New York, June/July 2007
2007 French Without Tears Lt. Commander Bill Rogers
2007 My Child Karl Played the only named character.
2008 Now or Later Marc
2009/9 Gethsemane Geoff Benzine
2010 Blood and Gifts Simon Craig nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the Whatsonstage Awards
2010 The Pride Peter/Man/Doctor Drama Desk nomination; won the 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor
2011 Tiger Country John
2011 Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro
2011 13 Mark
2012 Don't Dress for Dinner Bernard Sequel to Boeing Boeing.
2013 Bull Tony Rehearsed reading in 2010. Crucible Theatre, February 2013, then off-Broadway transfer.
2013 Chan Various roles Royal Court reading of Chilean play which took place on 13 September 2013
2013 Death at Whitbridge Fred Wallis One off performance at Finborough Theatre Sunday 6 October
2014 Rapture, Blister, Burn Don Harper A Hampstead Theatre Production, which ran from 16 January – 22 February 2014
2014 King Charles III Prime Minister Almeida Theatre, transferred to the Wyndhams Theatre and then to Broadway.
2015 Bull Tony Young Vic Theatre.
2016 An Enemy of the People Hovstad Chichester Festival Theatre
2017 Consent[2] Jake Royal National Theatre
2019 Shipwreck James The Almeida Theatre


Year Title Role Notes
???? The Nature of Vikings
2004 Selling Immortality
January 2010 Deep Cut Colonel Nigel Josling (Radio 4) Re-broadcast in November 2011.
December 2011 Our Country's Good Robert Sideway Our Country's Good and The Recruiting Officer shared the same cast when they were broadcast on Radio 3 & 4 in December 2011
December 2011 The Recruiting Officer Mr Worthy
April 2012 Twelfth Night Sir Andrew
April 2012 Romeo and Juliet Benvolio


Year Title Role Notes
2008 9/11: The Bronx Series Narrator
2009 Dr Who Confidential (Planet of the Dead) (As himself)
2009 Theatre Live


  1. ^ "Hustle star Adam's bullish Crucible role". Sheffield Star. 31 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Consent". National Theatre. Retrieved 8 April 2017.

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