James Chalmers (actor)

James Robert Alexander Chalmers (born September 1974) is an English actor who has performed in film, television and theatre. Chalmers graduated from the University of Edinburgh and continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He first performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Spanish Golden Age productions and made his West End debut when the season transferred to the Playhouse Theatre in 2005. He has performed with Shakespeare's Globe and the Read Not Dead project, Royal Court Theatre, Northcott Theatre, Royal National Theatre (studio), Theatre503, and the Park Theatre (London).

James Chalmers
BornSeptember 1974 (age 45–46)
Alma materBradfield College
University of Edinburgh
OccupationActor, Director, Producer
Years active2000–present
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

Early lifeEdit

Chalmers was educated at Eagle House School in Berkshire and Bradfield College. He went on to study at the University of Edinburgh from 1994 to 1998, where he was awarded a BSc in Civil Engineering. He then trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), London, where fellow students included Daisy Haggard and Benedict Cumberbatch, graduating in 2000.


He is most known on stage, for his role in Tamar's Revenge (by Tirso de Molina 2004) performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played the lead role of Absalom. In that season he also appeared in Pedro, the Great Pretender (by Miguel de Cervantes), Dog in a Manger (by Lope De Vega), and House of Desires (by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz).[1]

In 2006 he guest starred in The Bill as Environmental Protection Officer Alistair Maddison. In 2008 he guest starred in the Casualty as the scam artist Steve Denver.

In 2007 he joined the 'Presence Theatre Limited' (a charity performering arts company) in Guildford.[2]

In 2008 he played the lead 'Johnny Hooker' in the new British zombie movie Within The Woods directed by Luke Massey.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 A Good Life Policeman Short film by Rowan Athale
2016 Daisy Dad Nominated Best Supporting Actor Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema
2017 Choke John Nominated Best Actor 48 Film Festival
2017 The Current War South Dakota Delegate
2018 Kill Ben Lyk Scott In production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Vice Police Recruit
2006 The Bill Alistair Maddison
2008 Casualty Steve Denver
2009 Doctors Felix Bell
2015 Eastenders Clerk of the Court
2018 Vanity Fair Vicar under production by ITV and Amazon Studios,[4]
2020 Belgravia Sir William Ponsonby


Selected Stage CreditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Tamar's Revenge Absalom (lead) RSC - directed by Simon Usher
2004 Pedro The Great Pretender Diego Tarugo RSC - directed by Mike Alfreds
2004 Dog In A Manger Antonelo RSC - directed by Laurence Boswell
2006 The Daughter In Law Joe
2008 Warm Man 2 By Jon Fosse, directed by Simon Usher
2010 If So, Then Yes Robert/Kevin/Robin By N.F. Simpson, directed by Simon Usher
2012 Richard III Buckingham
2014 Othello Duke of Venice/Montano
2016 The Patriotic Traitor General Le Gallet/Captain De Courcel Written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, with Tom Conti and Laurence Fox[5]


  1. ^ Fischer, Susan L. (2005). "The Hispanic Golden Age Season at the Royal Shakespeare Company". Shakespeare Bulletin , Vol. 22, No. 4. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Presence Theatre Limited". Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Beware of the zombies at Binswood Hall". warwickcourier.co.uk. 14 April 2008. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  4. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (25 September 2017). "'Vanity Fair': Suranne Jones, Michael Palin Join Olivia Cooke In ITV/Amazon Drama". deadline.com. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  5. ^ Cox, Anne (23 December 2015). "CONTI & FOX STAR IN JONATHAN LYNN'S THE PATRIOTIC TRAITOR". stagereview.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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