Richard James (actor)

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Richard James (actor)
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Born (1969-01-28) January 28, 1969 (age 55)
Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • Actor
  • Playwright
  • Author
  • Novelist
  • Podcast host
Years active1993–present
Known forSpace Precinct

Richard James is a British actor, playwright, novelist, and podcast host. Since 1992 he has had roles in both TV and film, as well as involvement in a number of theater productions. He is the author of the Bowman of the Yard book series, alongside several short stories and plays. He is mostly known for his role of Officer Hubble Orrin in Gerry Anderson's Space Precinct[1] series and Mr. Kronkite in the Mysti Show.

Playwright and author

He has written almost thirty plays,[1] some (Being Rose, Bill and Ben, Blood on Canvas, The Dreaming, I Am Hamlet, Moving On, The Nth Degree, There's Something about Bernard, Vision Impaired, White Lies) winning awards in the UK.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] He is the author of the Victorian-era detective Bowman of the Yard series, and has published an autobiography entitled Space Precinct Unmasked,[9] in which he wrote about his experiences working on the series and with Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson.[9]

Work in television and movies

James has had minor roles in a large number of TV dramas and soap operas, including Pie in the Sky, Doctors, Eastenders, Crossroads, Drop the Dead Donkey, as well as starring in the mini-series Casanova alongside David Tennant. He has also had roles in The Mysti Show, M.I. High, My Parents are Aliens and My Spy Family on CITV and CBBC.

As well as TV appearances, James has also starred in several movies including Great Expectations, and A Bunch of Amateurs.

Stage work

From 2015 to 2020, he has toured around the UK in productions adapted from the novels of David Walliams, playing Aunt Alberta in Awful Auntie[10][11] and playing another role in the Olivier Award nominated Gangsta Granny.[12][13][14]

Audio work

James has lent his voice to a number of audio adventures from Big Finish Productions, set in the worlds of Doctor Who and Terrahawks.[15] He currently hosts the weekly Gerry Anderson Podcast with Jamie Anderson and Chris Dale, as well as a monthly podcast for the Bowman of the Yard series.

Richard and the gerry anderson universe

James became involved with the Gerry Anderson Universe when he auditioned for the Space Precinct series and won the part for Creon officer Hubble Orrin, as well as played additional guest characters. It is during that one-year contract that he also met the woman who would become his wife. He has written a detailed account of his work on the series in the Space Precinct Unmasked book published in 2014.[9]

His involvement with the worlds of Gerry Anderson didn’t end with his role in Space Precinct however; he is currently co-host of the official Gerry Anderson Podcast alongside Jamie Anderson and has done some voice works for the audio series Terrahawks from Big Finish Productions and in the upcoming series Firestorm.[16]

Published works


James' plays include one act plays, full-length plays and plays for kids.

  • Being Rose[17]
  • Bill and Ben[18]
  • Blood on Canvas
  • The End of the Pier
  • The Dreaming
  • The Death of Sherlock Holmes
  • Moving On
  • Indian Summer
  • I Am Hamlet
  • Canterbury Tales
  • There's Something about Bernard
  • The Nth Degree
  • White Lies
  • Vision Impaired
  • The Fat of the Land[19]
  • A Fete Worse than Death
  • The Ghosts of Halfway House
  • Happy Campers
  • Port Out, Starboard Home!
  • The Mystery of Mallen Hall
  • Bar Wars
  • Charlotte Holmes
  • Professor Thyme and the History Mystery - The Musical
  • A Teenage Christmas Carol

Books, novels and short stories

(2012) Professional Tips For The Amateur Stage - ASIN B00AAWT8Z6

Space precinct

  • (2014) Space Precinct Unmasked - ISBN 978-0992869588

Bowman of the Yard Novels

Bowman of the Yard Short stories

  • (2019) The Smithfield Murder
  • (2019) The Workhouse Poisoning
  • (2019) The Hampstead Garrotting
  • (2019) The Holborn Strangler
  • (2020) The Camden Kidnappings
  • The Chiswick Robbery (upcoming)

On screen and stage


Year Title Role
2015 Grandma's Big Schlep Benjamin (Father)
2012 Great Expectations Cousin Raymond
2011 Foster Doctor
2010 The Wolf Man Asylum Doctor #2
2008 A Bunch of Amateurs Doctor
2006 Penelope New Card Dealer
2006 Stormbreaker Vicar
2006 Jam Rich
2003 Too Many Gods
2001 All Forgotten Monsieur Dolsky
1996 The Wind in the Willows Geoffrey Weasel and Mole's Clock


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Gerry Anderson's Firestorm
2015 Doctor Who: Parallel Thirtheenth Doctor (2007 - 2015) Daxter Episode "Daxter's Hundreds"
2013 M.I.High (2007– ) George Bland Episode "One Flew Over the Budgie's Cage"
2011 The Jury (2002 – 2011) Psychiatrist Episode 2.4
2011 Eastenders (1985 – ) Interviewer Episode dated 20 December 2011
2011 Doctors (2000 – ) Sebastian Landers Episode "People are Strange)
2010 Life of Riley (2009 – 2011) Graham Harley Episode "School's Out"
2010 The Nostalgia Critic (2007 – ) Guest Episode "Top 11 Villain Songs"
2009 Dani's House (2008 – 2012) Policeman Episode "Double Trouble"
2009 Jinx (2007 – ) Dirk Searcher Episode "The Chip Files"
2008 My Spy Family (2007 – ) Nelson's Dad Episode "The Knowledge Is Power Affair"
2008 Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story TV journalist
2007 Roman Mysteries (2007 – ) Cosmos Episode "The Enemies of Jupiter"
2006 Mighty Truck of Stuff (2005 – ) Dad Episode "Mum's Off"
2006 Murder City (2004 – 2006) Vicar Episode "Wives and Lovers"
2005 Living it (2005 – ) Stuart Episodes 1.12 and #1.13
2005 – Casanova Doctor 1 Episodes 1.1 and 1.2, Uncredited
2005 My parents Are Aliens (1999 – 2006) Mr. Simms Episode "Neighbours from Hell"
2004 – 2005 The Mysti Show Mr. Kronkite 21 episodes
2002 – 2003 Sir Gadabout, the Worst Knight in the Land Sir Gestion 15 episodes
2002 – Julius Caesar Play Actor
2002 Crossroads Vincent Episode dated 6 August 2002
2002 SM:TV Live (1998 – 2003) Self Episode dated 13 July 2002
1998 – Oktober Delegate Episode 1.1
1995 Bliss Policeman
1994 –1995 Space Precinct Officer Hubble Orrin / Enil Kmada / Pike / Coe Barner 25 episodes
1994 Pie in the Sky (1994 – 1997) Removal Man Episode "The Best of Both Worlds"
1994 MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday Lab Tech

Audio adventures[15]

Year Title Role
2016 Doctor Who: The Waters of Amsterdam Rembrandt
2016 Doctor Who: The Isos Network Officer Enab
2016 Terrahawks: Vile Jeremy Vile


Year Title Role Notes
2019 – 2020 Grandpa's Great Escape Gravedigger / Nurse Rose
2017 – 2019 Awful Auntie Aunt Alberta
2015 – 2017 Gangsta Granny Various Culminated in a sell-out run at London's Garrick Theatre
1997 The Hound of Baskervilles Doctor Mortimer / Inspector Lestrade New Victoria, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
1995 Thunderbirds FAB Various
1993 Outside Edge Alex Derby Playhouse

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Nominated Work Results
2019 All-England Theatre Festival – Adjudicator's Cup for outstanding direction Being Rose Won
2019 SCDA – Aberdeen District Youth and Aberdeen District Open competitions The Dreaming Won
2018 Olivier Award Gangsta Granny Nominated
2018 SCDA – Young Trophy, Highland division, Blood on Canvas Won
2017 South Devon Drama festival – Best Actress Blood on Canvas Won
2017 Swindon One-Act Festival – Best Play, Best Actor The Dreaming Won
2016 Henley Drama Festival – Best Play, Best Actor The Dreaming Won
2016 Duncan Rand One-Act Play Festival – Best Actress, Best Set White Lies Won
2015 Waltham Forest Festival of Threatre – Best performance by an actor Bill and Ben Won
2013 Avon One-Act Festival – Best Actor I Am Hamlet Won
2013 Bristol One-Act Festival – Best Actor I Am Hamlet Nominated
2012 SCDA - One-Act Play Festival – Best Play Award I Am Hamlet Won
2011 SCDA - Scottish One-Act Play Festival – Wakefield Quaich Award for Presentation I Am Hamlet Won
2010 SCDA - Scottish One-Act Play Festival, Skye Division – Philip Rose Bowl There's Something About Bernard Won
2007 Maidenhead Drama Festival – Best All-Male Performance Award Vision Impaired Won
2003 BAFTA Children's Award – Best Writer Sir Gadabout Winner
2002 BAFTA Children's Award – Best Drama Sir Gadabout Nominated
1992 Newton Blick Award – Outstanding Achievement Winner


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  2. "And the winners are....... - Georgian Theatre Royal > News". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  3. "2015 Festival - Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  4. "Results 2018 – SCDA". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  5. "Drama festival's winners named". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  6. "Wilmington University News Release - Wilmington University Students' Work to be Shown at Cannes Film Festival". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  7. "ONE ACT SHOWS". sodburyplayers. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  8. "Alternate Shadows :: White Lies". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 James, Richard (2014). Space Precinct Unmasked. Anderson Entertainment. ISBN 9780992869588.
  10. "Review: Awful Auntie (Richmond Theatre) | WhatsOnStage". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  11. "David Walliams' Awful Auntie at the Bath Theatre Royal this half term". Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  12. Parkes, Diane. "Gangsta Granny review at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – 'ingenious and lively'". The Stage. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  13. "David Walliams wants to write a Pixar film". Evening Standard. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  14. "Don't assume old people are boring says Gangsta Granny author David Walliams". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
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  16. "Stand by for action! How 2019 is ushering in a new golden age of Gerry Anderson shows". Radio Times. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  17. [email protected], Michael Strasburg. "Showtime: JHS One-Act Play Festival is this weekend". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  18. "Production | TIGER THEATRE". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  19. "Gerry Anderson's Sit-Com Script Adapted For The Stage". Gerry Anderson. 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2020-04-07.

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