DATE OF BIRTH : 24th November 1971
BORN : London. Moved to Bristol aged 10.
HEIGHT : 6ft3
RELATIONSHIPS : Divorced from make-up artist Yvette Redmond
SCHOOL : Clifton College (till 1987)
PREVIOUS JOBS : Office Junior and a cleaner in a granary before travelling the world. Following this he settled in Greece for 2 years working in restaurants, bars and nightclubs as a bus boy and waiter.
MODELLING WORK : He began modelling in April 1994, after being spotted in Milan by fashion scout Calvin Klein. From here James went on to model for various major companies, including Paul Smith, John Rocha, Calvin Klein, Katherine Hamnet, Harvey Nichols and Haagen Das, working alongside names as Kate Moss, Caprice and Melinda Messenger.
HOBBIES : Sport including football and tennis
ON PLAYING ABS : ‘Abs is very different to the roles I’ve played before, and to myself, so that was attractive. Psychology has always fascinated me so I find playing him very enjoyable.’
IF HE COULD PLAY ANY CHARACTER BESIDES ABS : ‘I’ve never played a baddy, so Chris Colquhoun’s character, Simon, would be my choice. Although I have to say Abs would have been my first choice.’
TELEVISION CREDITS : Hollyoaks; SMTV; Mile High; Casualty
THEATRE CREDITS: School for Scandal; Full Monty
AGENT : Lisa Thomas Management, Unit 10, 7 Wenlock Road, London N1 7SL.
DID YOU KNOW?
* James had speech therapy for a stutter before he joined Hollyoaks.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
James has currently taken up stand up comedy and made his debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009.