Jim Sturgess is an English singer-songwriter and actor known for starring in the films ‘Across the Universe’, ‘Crossing Over’ and ‘Cloud Atlas’. Born in London and raised in Surrey, he grew up with an inherent interest in music. At the age of eight, Sturgess developed a secret passion for acting when he landed a minor part in a local stage production. At the age of 15, he joined a band and started playing gigs in pubs. He relocated to Manchester to study at the University of Salford with the ambition to pursue a professional music career. Soon, Sturgess started performing in his own plays and short films. He eventually garnered the attention of an acting agent while performing a one-person show and later moved to Hollywood. Since then, the talented personality has been active in the showbiz, appearing in both films and television projects while also composing lyrics and playing music.
Childhood & Early Life
Jim Sturgess was born on 16 May 1978 in Wandsworth, London, England, UK, to Peter J. S. Sturgess and Jane O. He started singing at a young age and developed a passion for acting when he was eight.
He studied at Frensham Heights School in Surrey. At the age of 15, Sturgess joined his first band. He went on to attend University of Salford, graduating from there with an HND in Media and Performance in 1999.
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Jim Sturgess made his acting debut with a small part in the 1994 film ‘The Browning Version’. His television debut came in 1999 with a guest appearance in ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’.
Following guest roles in various dramas, he appeared in the TV films 'The Quest' and 'The Second Quest' which were released in 2002 and 2004, respectively.
In 2007, the actor was cast in the musical ‘Across the Universe,’ in which he played a young man who travels to USA amid the political chaos of the 1960s and falls for a sheltered American teenager. He also contributed to various songs of the film, including "All My Loving", "Because" and "All You Need Is Love".
He performed in the historical drama ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and the heist drama ‘21’ in 2008. Sturgess also won the hearts of many with his performance in that year’s crime thriller ‘Fifty Dead Men Walking’.
In 2010, he starred in Peter Weir’s movie ‘The Way Back’ which was based on a true story. The same year, he lent his voice to Soren in the animated feature ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole’. This was followed by his role as Dexter Mayhew alongside Anne Hathaway in ‘One Day’.
In 2012, Sturgess starred in the thriller ‘Ashes’ and in the sci-fi flick ‘Cloud Atlas’, the latter of which also featured Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.
The year 2014 further boosted his career when he appeared in the lead role in the biographical crime film 'Electric Slide'. In the movie, the actor played bank robber Eddie Dodson, the New York Yankees Bandit who robbed 64 banks in 1983 before been caught.
Also in 2014, he starred in Brad Anderson's Gothic film 'Stonehearst Asylum'. The following year, he acted in the British-Dutch crime drama 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'. Directed by Daniel Alfredson, the movie was based on the 1983 kidnapping of the CEO of the brewing agency Heineken International, Freddy Heineken.
Sturgess then went on to join the cast of the TV drama series ‘Close to the Enemy’ and ‘Feed the Beast’ in 2016. Two years later, he played the role of Keith Talent in ‘London Fields’, a mystery thriller about a terminally ill writer who becomes a victim of a writer's block for 20 years.
In 2009, Jim Sturgess was cast as Gavin Kossef in 'Crossing Over', a crime drama following the lives of a group of illegal immigrants of different nationalities striving to achieve legal status in USA. He also wrote and performed the film’s songs "Mistake the Enemy" and "Make Your Mind Up".
In 2009, Sturgess also appeared in Philip Ridley’s horror film ‘Heartless’. The film premiered at the renowned horror film festival, London FrightFest Film Festival. The actor garnered appreciation for his role which earned him the Best Actor Award at the Fantasporto Film Festival in 2010.
Family & Personal Life
Jim Sturgess began dating singer Mickey O'Brien in 2003. The relationship ended after a few years. He then dated South Korean actress cum producer Bae Doo-na in 2014-15.
In 2019, he tied the knot with Iraqi theatre producer Dina Mousawi.