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About Theo James (1984 – )

Theo James was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, on December 16, 1984, in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He is the son of Jane (née Martin) and Philip Taptiklis. His paternal grandfather was Greek (he moved from the Peloponnese to New Zealand). He is of English and Scottish extraction. The youngest of five children, Theo has two brothers and two sisters and attended Aylesbury Grammar School. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Nottingham. He received his dramatic training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

James made his television debut in A Passionate Woman, opposite Billie Piper. In an episode of the first season of Downton Abbey he played Turkish diplomat, Kemal Pamuk. In Bedlam, he played the lead role, Jed Harper. In the 2012 adaptation of John Braine's Room at the Top, he was cast as Jack Wales.

His film credits include You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and The Domino Effect. James was cast in Stranger while still in his final year at drama school. He played the obnoxious night club rep in The Inbetweeners, and was chosen the following year to play the character of David in the fourth installment of Underworld: Awakening, opposite Kate Beckinsale. In 2012 he appeared in ITV's Case Sensitive with Darren Boyd and Olivia Williams.

James played Tobias "Four" Eaton, in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling book, Divergent. His most recent film projects include starring roles alongside Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess in the film adaptation of London Fields (2014), and opposite Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning in the indie drama Franny (2014).

As of this writing he is best known for Divergent (2014), Underworld: Awakening (2012) and The Inbetweeners (2011).

Theo James's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Ray
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie James
2012 Underworld: Awakening David
2012 The Domino Effect Dinner Party guest
2014 Divergent Tobias "Four" Eaton
2014 Franny Luke
2015 London Fields Guy Clinch
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Tobias "Four" Eaton
2015 Underworld: Next Generation David

Theo James's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2010 A Passionate Woman Alex "Craze" Crazenovski
2010 Downton Abbey Kemal Pamuk
2011 Bedlam Jed Harper
2012 Case Sensitive Aidan Harper
2012 Room at the Top Jack Wales
2013 Golden Boy Walter William Clark, Jr.

Memorable Quotes

“I know I often get a job because of how I look. I hope that I keep the job because of how I act.”

“People say that New Yorkers aren't friendly, but I think they're more friendly than Londoners. Here there is a front-footed nature of Americans. You can go out on a night out and meet 10 random people and stay in touch with them, whereas that's not going to happen in the same way in London.”

“In Britain, you do your job. When you do an American TV show, there is a sense of being one with the crew, and there is a leadership element, which was a learning curve for me because it is very different culturally. In Britain, you just do it, leave and say, 'Thanks.'”

Did You Know

Before his professional acting career gained traction, Theo worked at the National Health Service in England. His job involved going to the homes of the recently-deceased and cleaning up any bodily fluids left behind.


Theo James in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010).


James in The Inbetweeners Movie (2011).