James Smith (actor)

James Smith (born 1948) is an English actor. Smith is best known for his part in 22 episodes of the BBC's The Thick of It as senior special adviser Glenn Cullen, from 2005 to 2012. He also featured as Michael Rodgers, Director of Diplomacy at the Foreign Office, in the film spin off In the Loop.

James Smith
Born1948 (age 73–74)
Years active1975–present

In 2010 Smith played Clive in all 12 episodes of the BBC comedy Grandma's House. He also took a supporting role as Lord Carrington in the 2011 film The Iron Lady. In 2014 he appeared in all 13 episodes of Boomers as Trevor.[1]

He played Graham Watkins in the 2017 mockumentary, Carnage.[2] In 2018, he played the principle role of Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin in Yorgos Lanthimos's film The Favourite.[3]


In October 2012, Smith compered a rally organised by the Trades Union Congress against government cuts.[4]


  1. ^ "James Smith Interview". comedy.co.uk. Hat Trick. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  2. ^ Carnage: Swallowing the Past (2017), retrieved 2017-07-17
  3. ^ Harrington, Katy. "A Male Co-Star Interrupted Emma Stone & Olivia Colman's Red Carpet Interview, So They Pushed Him Out". www.refinery29.com (in British English). Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  4. ^ Urquhart, Conal (20 October 2012). "Trade unions march against cuts". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2021.

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