Liam James (born August 7, 1996) is a Canadian actor, known for his role as Noah Curtis in the 2009 film 2012, young Shawn Spencer on the USA Network television series Psych, and the lead character, Duncan, in 2013's The Way, Way Back.[1][2][3] He also starred as Jack Linden in AMC's The Killing and Adam Warren in ABC's The Family, playing the son of main characters.

Liam James
Born (1996-08-07) August 7, 1996 (age 25)
Years active2006–present

James is from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has heterochromia iridum with one green and one blue eye.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Good Luck Chuck Boy in Penguin Habitat
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Cousin Dave
2007 Fred Claus Fred Claus (age 12)
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Sam Benson
2009 Horsemen Sean Breslin
2009 2012 Noah Curtis
2011 Christmas Comes Home to Canaan Bobber Burtion
2013 The Way, Way Back Duncan
2017 Speech & Debate Solomon


Year Title Role Notes
2006–2010 Psych Young Shawn Spencer Recurring role, 60 episodes
2008 Fear Itself Young Harry Episode: "Spooked"
2010 Fringe Teddy Falls Episode: "Johari Window"
2011–2014 The Killing Jack Linden Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (Season 2, 4)
Guest (season 3)
22 episodes
2011–2013 The Haunting Hour: The Series Scott and Jared Episodes: "Pumpkinhead", and "Uncle Howee"
2016 The Family Adam Warren / Ben Murphy Main role, 12 episodes
2018–2019 Deadly Class[4] Billy Main Role
TBA The White House Plumbers John Hunt HBO limited series[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance The Way Way Back Nominated [6]
2013 Young Hollywood Award Breakthrough Performance - Male Won [7]
2014 Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated [8]
2014 MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated [9]
2014 Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film Nominated [10]


  1. ^ Neumaier, Joe (January 24, 2013). "Five new stars set to shine", Daily News, p. 45.
  2. ^ a b Ferguson, Dana (July 5, 2013). "Finding a way to normal: Liam James takes his star status in stride, focusing instead on the fun he had making 'The Way, Way Back'", Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Martin, Michael (June–July 2013). "Liam James", Interview 43 (5): 26.
  4. ^ "'Deadly Class': Syfy Sets Full Cast for Comic-Based Drama Pilot". 9 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Kiernan Shipka, Ike Barinholtz, Kim Coates, Liam James Among 7 Cast In 'The White House Plumbers' HBO Watergate Limited Series". DeadLine. 12 May 2021. Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "2013 Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association winners". Hitfix. December 8, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  7. ^ Eleanore Hutch (July 17, 2013). "Young Hollywood Award Honorees: Lucy Hale, AnnaSophia Robb & More". Young Hollywood Awards. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  8. ^ "19TH ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  9. ^ "MTV announces 2014 Movie Award nominees". USA Today. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  10. ^ "35th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on July 20, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2014.

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