Richard James (actor)
Richard James (actor)
|Born||January 28, 1969|
Cambridgeshire, England, UK
|Alma mater||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
|Known for||Space 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 series and Mr. Kronkite in the Mysti Show.
He has written almost thirty plays, 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. He is the author of the Victorian-era detective Bowman of the Yard series, and has published an autobiography entitled Space Precinct Unmasked, in which he wrote about his experiences working on the series and with Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson.
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.
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 and playing another role in the Olivier Award nominated Gangsta Granny.
James has lent his voice to a number of audio adventures from Big Finish Productions, set in the worlds of Doctor Who and Terrahawks. 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.
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.
James' plays include one act plays, full-length plays and plays for kids.
- Being Rose
- Bill and Ben
- 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
- 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
- (2014) Space Precinct Unmasked - ISBN 978-0992869588
Bowman of the Yard Novels
- (2019) The Head in the Ice - ISBN 9781793873460
- (2019) The Devil in the Dock - ISBN 9781099612275
- (2020) The Body in the Trees - ISBN 9781712961414
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
|2015||Grandma's Big Schlep||Benjamin (Father)|
|2012||Great Expectations||Cousin Raymond|
|2010||The Wolf Man||Asylum Doctor #2|
|2008||A Bunch of Amateurs||Doctor|
|2006||Penelope||New Card Dealer|
|2003||Too Many Gods|
|2001||All Forgotten||Monsieur Dolsky|
|1996||The Wind in the Willows||Geoffrey Weasel and Mole's Clock|
|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|
|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|
|2016||Doctor Who: The Waters of Amsterdam||Rembrandt|
|2016||Doctor Who: The Isos Network||Officer Enab|
|2016||Terrahawks: Vile||Jeremy Vile|
|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|
|1993||Outside Edge||Alex||Derby Playhouse|
Awards and Nominations
|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|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Richard James | Actor & Writer". Richard James Online. Retrieved 2020-03-30.
- ↑ "And the winners are....... - Georgian Theatre Royal > News". www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- ↑ "2015 Festival - Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre". wffot.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- ↑ "Results 2018 – SCDA". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- ↑ "Drama festival's winners named". www.henleystandard.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- ↑ "Wilmington University News Release - Wilmington University Students' Work to be Shown at Cannes Film Festival". www.wilmu.edu. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- ↑ "ONE ACT SHOWS". sodburyplayers. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- ↑ "Alternate Shadows :: White Lies". www.alternate-shadows.com. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 James, Richard (2014). Space Precinct Unmasked. Anderson Entertainment. ISBN 9780992869588.
- ↑ "Review: Awful Auntie (Richmond Theatre) | WhatsOnStage". www.whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- ↑ "David Walliams' Awful Auntie at the Bath Theatre Royal this half term". Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- ↑ Parkes, Diane. "Gangsta Granny review at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – 'ingenious and lively'". The Stage. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- ↑ "David Walliams wants to write a Pixar film". Evening Standard. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- ↑ "Don't assume old people are boring says Gangsta Granny author David Walliams". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 "Search Results - All Items - Big Finish". www.bigfinish.com. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
- ↑ "Stand by for action! How 2019 is ushering in a new golden age of Gerry Anderson shows". Radio Times. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- ↑ [email protected], Michael Strasburg. "Showtime: JHS One-Act Play Festival is this weekend". SWNewsMedia.com. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
- ↑ "Production | TIGER THEATRE". Retrieved 2020-04-07.
- ↑ "Gerry Anderson's Sit-Com Script Adapted For The Stage". Gerry Anderson. 2016-09-24. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
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