James is from Cherbourg QLD, traditionally belonging to the Kuku Yalanji and Goa clan groups. He also has family connections to the Gubbi Gubbi & Wakka Wakka clan, a group currently lives in Newcastle NSW & has family throughout Queensland.
He is very proud of his culture and he has been taught traditional dances from his country by his Uncle. He also knows how to play the didgeridoo.
Redfern Now (dir: Catriona McKenzie) for Blackfella films & ABC was James’ first screen role. He has since appeared in ABC series Black Comedy, telemovie The Broken Shore and most recently Deep Water on SBS.
He made his Sydney Theatre Company debut in Secret River (dir: Neil Armfield) and also played the lead in Belvoir’s The Cake Man. James then went to perform in the STC’s The Battle of Waterloo (dir: Sarah Goodes), played the lead role in Inhale/Exhale/Breathe for Ngarrama Productions and toured Nathan Maynard’s The Season in Sydney and Hobart.
In 2014 James received the Robertson Foundation Scholarship at the Young Actors Studio, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
Role: Jarryd. Dir: Shawn Seet. Blackfella Films
Role: Jerome. Dir: Bek Cole. Producer: Kath Shelper / ABC
Role: Pascoe. Dir: Rowan Woods. Essential Media / ABC
REDFERN NOW: Family
Role: Tyler. Dir: Catriona McKenzie. Blackfella Films / ABC.
Role: Clay. Dir: Isaac Drandic. Sydney Festival & Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania)
THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO
Role: Jack. Dir: Sarah Goodes. Sydney Theatre Co. 2015
THE CAKE MAN
Role: Pumpkinhead (leading role).Dir: Kyle J Morrison. Yirra Yaakan /Company B
THE SECRET RIVER
Role: Narabi. Dir: Neil Armfield. Sydney Theatre Co. Sydney & Perth seasons
2014 Young Actors Studio National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Recipient of the Robertson Foundation Scholarship.