Theo James is an English actor, musician and model known for his role as Jed Harper in the famous TV series ‘Bedlam’ and also for his portrayal of detective Walker Clark in the CBC crime drama series ‘Golden Boy’. The actor received widespread fame and success when he ventured into films and particularly, when he was signed on to play a pivotal character in the ‘Divergent’ film series. Theo James received several awards for that role and became a hot entity in Hollywood. His facial features resembling actor James Franco helped him bag some early roles in his career, which he has confessed himself, but his work has been appreciated and he was successful in making an impact. Also a singer, Theo is a part of a British music band, Shere Khan. The band performed in many concerts and became a fan favourite, but it eventually got disbanded sometime around late 2012, as all the members were looking for musical endeavours independently. Lately, Theo has also become an integral part of the ‘Underworld’ film franchise and keeping himself busy in Hollywood.
Childhood & Early Life
Born in Oxford, England, on 16th December 1984, Theo James is son of Jane and Philip. His mother, Jane, works for National Health Service, while his father works as a successful business consultant. He has a big family and Theo has said that so many great things happened to him as a child, one among them was having a huge family in which he was the youngest kid, and hence more pampered.
Theo’s ancestry is Greek, English and Scottish and he is the youngest of five children in the family. He has two brothers elder and two sisters. Theo went to Aylesburry Grammar School as a kid and later went to University of Nottingham in order to pursue further studies. He is a major in philosophy and says that’s what he does in his free time - read philosophy books.
As a teenager, he developed a flair for acting and performances. He performed in high school and was popular among his peers as a very talented actor and constantly pushed forward to pursue it as a career. He enrolled himself in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where his acting skills were honed by some of the biggest names in the English theatre scene and Theo emerged out from the school as a pretty good actor ready to take on the Hollywood.
Before embarking on an acting career, Theo worked for the National Health Service, where he was looking after the dead bodies and he would go from home to home to clean the bodily fluids left behind by the dead ones.
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After giving several auditions, Theo was first seen in the TV series ‘A Passionate Woman’ in 2010, where he was seen playing the lead role opposite Billie Piper. The show got him all the necessary exposure that he needed and he started getting offers after offers and he eventually chose a one episode guest appearance in the first season of ‘Downton Abbey’. It was huge show and Theo got to play the role of a Turkish diplomat which was well received by the audiences.
In 2010, his first movie ‘You will meet a Tall Dark Stranger’ released and in the very next year, he played the role of a night club rep named James in ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’. But none of these films quite contributed to his fame the way his TV stints did.
In 2011, he was seen playing a significant role in TV series ‘Bedlam’ and in 2012, he played the role of Jack Wales in John Braine’s adaptation of ‘Room at Top’. However, then came probably the biggest role of his career, when he was signed on to play a significant role in the much hyped and successful ‘Underworld’ series. The fourth instalment was released in 2012 and James was seen playing the role of David, opposite Kate Beckinsale.
The year 2012 was quite a happening one for James, as he also played a huge role in ITV’s ‘Case Sensitive’ along with Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. He kept getting appreciation for the roles he played and he also appeared in two episodes of ‘Room at the Top’.
His biggest claim to fame till date came in from of film adaptation of ‘Divergent’, where he played the lead role of Tobias ‘Four’ Eaton. The 2014 film was a huge success and a sequel followed by the name ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ which released the very next year.
James went on to grab Hollywood’s attention with his meaty roles in some critically acclaimed films such as ‘London Fields’ and an independent drama ‘Franny’ where he acted alongside the Hollywood legend, Richard Gere.
His next two ventures were the sequels of the successful ‘Divergent’ franchise, with the third film getting released in 2016 and the fourth, and presumably the last will hit the theatres sometime in 2017. In the latest instalment of the ‘Underworld’ series, James has been signed on to play the leading role.
Apart from his acting career, James also had a career in music as he was a guitarist and lead singer for his band ‘Shere Khan’. Eventually, he got too busy with his acting stints and the band couldn’t hold for long. In its short running, the band was quite popular and did several gigs in their prime.
Theo James started dating Ruth Kearney in 2009 and both have been seen together quite often. They are seen hand in hand walking the red carpets of film events, parties and other functions. However, there is still no news of marriage or engagement.
He keeps in touch with his fans via Facebook and Twitter and lets them informed about his day-to-day activities. Theo is not much of a social media person and likes to travel and listen to music in his free time.
Theo is too fond of his family and admires his parents who had to take care of five children and they did the job very well. He is in constant touch with his parents and siblings and goes back to his hometown whenever he finds the time in order to spend some quality time with them.
He is a self confessed fan of Hollywood Legend Marlon Brando and states that ‘Apocalypse Now’ is one of his favourite films of all times.
Theo James has also worked as a bartender.