Category:Male actors of Greek descent
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1. Paul Anka – Paul Albert Anka OC is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous during the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like Diana, Lonely Boy, Put Your Head on My Shoulder and he was inducted into Canadas Walk of Fame in 2005. In 1983, he co-wrote the song I Never Heard with Michael Jackson and it was retitled and released in 2009 under the name This Is It. An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from this 1983 session, the song was also released by Johnny Mathis in 1984. Anka became a naturalized US citizen in 1990, Anka was born in Ottawa, Ontario, to Camelia and Andrew Emile Andy Anka, Sr. who owned a restaurant called the Locanda. His parents were both Antiochian Orthodox Christians, Ankas father was Syrian-American from ’Uyūn al-Wādī from the NaNou family and his mother was Canadian-Lebanese from the town of Kfarmishki, in Lebanon. Anka sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church choir under the direction of Frederick Karam and he studied piano with Winnifred Rees. He attended Fisher Park High School, where he was part of a trio called the Bobby Soxers. Paul Anka recorded his first single, I Confess, when he was 14, in an interview with NPRs Terry Gross in 2005, he stated that it was to a girl at his church whom he hardly knew. The song Diana brought Anka stardom as it rocketed to No.1 on the Canadian, Diana is one of the best selling singles ever by a Canadian recording artist. He followed up with four songs made it into the Top 20 in 1958, including Its Time to Cry, which hit No.4 and My Heart Sings. 15, making him one of the biggest teen idols of the time and he toured Britain, then Australia with Buddy Holly. Anka also wrote It Doesnt Matter Anymore – a song written for Holly, Anka stated shortly afterward, It Doesnt Matter Anymore has a tragic irony about it now, but at least it will help look after Buddy Hollys family. Im giving my composers royalty to his widow – its the least I can do, Paul Ankas talent included the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Anka composed Tom Joness biggest hit record, Shes a Lady, and wrote the English lyrics to My Way, Frank Sinatras signature song. In the 1960s, Anka began acting in motion pictures as well as writing songs for them, most notably the theme for the hit film The Longest Day, for his film work he wrote and recorded one of his greatest hits, Lonely Boy. He also wrote and recorded My Home Town, which was a No.8 pop hit for him the same year and he then went on to become one of the first pop singers to perform at the Las Vegas casinos. In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBCs short-lived crime drama Dan Raven, in 1960, Anka signed with RCA Victor
2. George Coulouris – George Coulouris was an English film and stage actor. Coulouris was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, the son of Abigail and Nicholas Coulouris and he was brought up both in Manchester and nearby Urmston and was educated at Manchester Grammar School. He attended Londons Central School of Speech and Drama, in the company of fellow students Laurence Olivier, Coulouris made his stage debut in 1926 with Henry V at the Old Vic. By 1929 he made his first Broadway appearance, followed by his first Hollywood film role in 1933, a major impact on his life was Orson Welles, whom he met in 1936 when they both had roles in the Broadway production of Sidney Kingsleys Ten Million Ghosts. Even Friends, Romans, countrymen sounds on his tongue as if it were a rabble-rousing harangue he is uttering for the first time, in Citizen Kane, Coulouris played Walter Parks Thatcher, a financier similar to J. P. Morgan. Coulouris and Welles each received a 1941 National Board of Review Award for their performances, during the 1930s and 1940s Coulouris remained a regular figure on the stage and screen, starring in his own Broadway production of Richard III in 1943. His films in this period included For Whom the Bell Tolls, Between Two Worlds, Mr. Skeffington and Watch on the Rhine and he also gave a notable performance as Robert de Baudricourt, in the Technicolor spectacular, Joan of Arc, starring Ingrid Bergman. While most of his performances are strong ones, usually as a heavy or villain, Thatcher in Citizen Kane is fussy and pompous at times. A better example was in Mr. Skeffington as Dr. Byles, planning to go on a well-deserved, long-delayed holiday only to find it delayed again by a selfish, impossible Fanny Skeffington. Coulouris was the first actor to star in the role of the Bulldog Drummond programme on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Coulouris returned to Britain after 1950, and appeared in films, theatre. Later film roles included parts in the Doctor in the House films, Papillon, during his life he played in over eighty films. Radio roles were numerous, and his television roles included parts in Danger Man. Doctor Who fans would recognise him as Arbitan in the Doctor Who serial The Keys of Marinus, Coulouris was married to Louise Franklin and Elizabeth Donaldson and was the father of computer scientist George Coulouris and artist Mary Louise Coulouris. Coulouris died in London on 25 April 1989, of heart failure following Parkinsons disease, in Me and Orson Welles, Richard Linklaters period drama set in the days surrounding the premiere of the Mercury Theatres production of Caesar, Coulouris is portrayed by Ben Chaplin. George Coulouriss Broadway credits are listed at the Internet Broadway Database. S, George Coulouris at Find a Grave Literature on George Coulouris
3. Hugh Jackman – Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. Jackman has won recognition for his roles in a variety of film genres. His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, in Broadway theatre, Jackman won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. A four-time host of the Tony Awards themselves, he won an Emmy Award for one of these appearances, Jackman also hosted the 81st Academy Awards on 22 February 2009. Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Grace McNeil and Christopher John Jackman and his parents were English and had come to Australia in 1967 as part of the Ten Pound Poms immigration. One of his paternal great-grandfathers, Nicholas Isidor Bellas, was Greek and his parents were devout Christians, having been converted by Evangelist Billy Graham after their marriage. Jackman has four siblings, and was the second of his parents children to be born in Australia. He also has a younger half-sister, from his mothers remarriage and his parents divorced when he was eight, and Jackman remained in Australia with his father and Jackmans two brothers, while his mother moved back to England with Jackmans two sisters. As a child, Jackman liked the outdoors, spending a lot of time at the beach and on camping trips and he wanted to see the world, I used to spend nights looking at atlases. I decided I wanted to be a chef on a plane, because Id been on a plane and there was food on board, I presumed there was a chef. I thought that would be an ideal job, following graduation, he spent a gap year working at Uppingham School in England. On his return, he studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, in his final year of university, he took a drama course to make up additional credits. The class did Václav Havels The Memorandum with Jackman as the lead and he later commented, In that week I felt more at home with those people than I did in the entire three years. After obtaining his BA, Jackman completed the one-year course The Journey at the Actors Centre in Sydney, about studying acting full-time, he stated, It wasnt until I was 22 that I ever thought about my hobby being something I could make a living out of. As a boy, Id always had an interest in theatre, but the idea at my school was that drama and music were to round out the man. It wasnt what one did for a living, I found the courage to stand up and say, I want to do it. Jackman has said he always loved acting but when I started at drama school I was like the dunce of the class and it just wasnt coming right to me. Everyone was cooler, everyone seemed more likely to succeed, everyone seemed more natural at it, I think it is good to come from behind as an actor
4. Elia Kazan – Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history. He was born in Istanbul, to Cappadocian Greek parents, after attending Williams College and then the Yale School of Drama, he acted professionally for eight years, later joining the Group Theater in 1932, and co-founded the Actors Studio in 1947. With Robert Lewis and Cheryl Crawford, his actors studio introduced Method Acting under the direction of Lee Strasberg, Kazan acted in a few films, including City for Conquest. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations and he directed a string of successful films, including A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden. During his career, he won two Oscars as Best Director and received an Honorary Oscar, won three Tony Awards, and four Golden Globes and his films were concerned with personal or social issues of special concern to him. Kazan writes, I dont move unless I have some empathy with the basic theme and his first such issue film was Gentlemans Agreement, with Gregory Peck, which dealt with anti-Semitism in America. It received 8 Oscar nominations and 3 wins, including Kazans first for Best Director and it was followed by Pinky, one of the first films in mainstream Hollywood to address racial prejudice against black people. In 1954, he directed On the Waterfront, a film about corruption on the New York harbor waterfront. A Streetcar Named Desire, an adaptation of the play which he had also directed, received 12 Oscar nominations, winning 4. In 1955, he directed John Steinbecks East of Eden, which introduced James Dean to movie audiences and his testimony helped end the careers of former acting colleagues Morris Carnovsky and Art Smith, along with ending the work of playwright Clifford Odets. Kazan later justified his act by saying he took only the more tolerable of two alternatives that were either way painful and wrong, nearly a half-century later, his anti-Communist testimony continued to cause controversy. When Kazan was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1999, dozens of actors not to applaud as 250 demonstrators picketed the event. Kazan influenced the films of the 1950s and 60s with his provocative, Director Stanley Kubrick called him, without question, the best director we have in America, capable of performing miracles with the actors he uses. Film author Ian Freer concludes that if his achievements are tainted by political controversy, in 2010, Martin Scorsese co-directed the documentary film A Letter to Elia as a personal tribute to Kazan. Elia Kazan was born in the Fener district of Istanbul, to Cappadocian Greek parents originally from Kayseri in Anatolia and his parents, George and Athena Kazantzoglou, emigrated to the United States when he was four years old. He was named after his grandfather, Elia Kazantzoglou. His maternal grandfather was Isaak Shishmanoglou, elias brother, Avraam, was born in Berlin and later became a psychiatrist. As a young boy, he was remembered as being shy, much of his early life was portrayed in his autobiographical book, America America, which he made into a film in 1963
5. Christopher George – Christopher John George was an American television and film actor who was perhaps best known for his starring role in the 1966–68 TV series The Rat Patrol. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1967 as Best TV Star for his performance in the series and he was also the recipient of a New York Film Festival award as the Best Actor in a Television Commercial. George was married to actress Lynda Day George, christopher George was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, on February 25,1931, the son of Greek immigrants John and Vaseleke George. John George was born in Thebes, Greece, and was a veteran of World War I, George could not speak English until he was six years old, because his family only spoke Greek at home. His father was a salesman during his childhood. He accompanied his father on selling trips to such as Akron, New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis. From Michigan, the moved to Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Once he began learning to speak English, his father enrolled him in Greek school in addition to his school so that he would not forget the Greek language. That was where George first became interested in acting, at Greek school they performed Greek plays, when he was 14, he and his family moved to Miami, Florida. As a child, he lived in the Coconut Grove section of Miami and attended Shenandoah Elementary School, in school, he played soccer, football and baseball and ran track. While in Florida, he used to hunt for alligators in the Everglades, after obtaining his drivers license, he worked for his father, driving trucks between Miami and other cities along the Eastern seaboard. He served as a boy at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Miami. George enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on October 13,1948, at Jacksonville, Florida and he lied about his age on his recruitment form by giving his year of birth as 1929, which then stuck with him for most of his adult life. He attributed his enlistment to being inspired by John Wayne, saying, You know, he caused the enlistment of hundreds of kids in the Marines and his first duty station was Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Quantico, Virginia. In April 1950, he transferred to Aircraft Engineering Squadron 12, AES-12 maintained the aircraft for school pilots and also used them as a demonstration squadron for members of the United States Congress, demonstrating new rockets and bombs. While assigned to AES-12, he rose to the rank of sergeant and he had forced landings in airplanes while he was in the Marines, and while stationed at Quantico, was very sick, lying in the hospital with a 110-degree fever. Both pilots worked to get the engines restarted, dipping to an altitude of about 1,000 feet before they succeeded, another time, an aircraft caught fire, he had to bail out, in the first parachute jump of his life. During the Korean War, George skippered a Marine Corps crash boat and he completed a three-year enlistment with the Marines and stayed for an additional year, before requesting an honorable discharge and returning home to Miami
6. Radu Beligan – Radu Beligan was a Romanian actor, director, and essayist, with an activity of over 70 years in theater, film, television, and radio. On 15 December 2013, confirmed by Guinness World Records, the received the title of The oldest active theatre actor on the planet. He was elected member of the Romanian Academy in 2004. He played alongside important actors, with both in the country and abroad. Beligan was born in Galbeni, a village in the commune of Filipești, Bacău County, to a Romanian father, in an interview for toateartele. com in 2011, Radu Beligan declared that his paternal grandmother, Ecaterina Beligan, is the cousin of writer Ion Creangă. His mother, Eufrosina Moscopol, comes from the Greek family Moscopol, between 1937 and 1938 he also studied law and philosophy at the University of Bucharest, using college scholarship offered to pay his taxes at the Conservatory. His first wife was Nineta Gusti, an actress, with whom he was married for fifteen years. His second wife was Dana Crivăț, with whom he has a daughter, Ana Maria and his third wife was Marica Beligan, a writer, with whom he has three children, Lamia, an actress, Raluca and Alexandru, employee of the National Bank of Romania. Radu Beligan was a member of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party between 1969 and 1989 and deputy of the Great National Assembly between 1961–1975. He debuted in theater at the age of 20 years, in the play Crime and Punishment after Fyodor Dostoyevsky, directed by Mihai Zirra, on the stage of Muncă și Lumină Theatre in Bucharest. His first role in a film was that of A Stormy Night, directed by Jean Georgescu, and he was professor at the Institute of Theatre and Film in Bucharest, director of the Comedy Theatre between 1961–1969 and director of the National Theatre between 1969–1990. Radu Beligan at the Internet Movie Database Radu Beligan page at the I. L. Caragiale National Theater
7. Alex Dimitriades – Alex Dimitriades is an Australian film and television actor. Dimitriades was born in Sydney, as Alexander Dimitriades and he is the son of first generation Greek immigrants, and is the youngest of three siblings. He has a brother, George, and a sister, Melinda and he grew up in Earlwood, a suburb of Sydney. His parents divorced when he was twelve and his mother worked as a legal secretary. She raised the children as a single mother, Dimitriades first attracted national attention for his co-starring role in the 1993 Australian film The Heartbreak Kid, for which he received positive reviews and acclaim. In 1998, he played the protagonist Ari in the controversial Ana Kokkinos film Head On, Dimitriades performance in the role was critically acclaimed and earned him an AFI Award nomination. The film was controversial for its violence, sex scenes and LGBT subject matter. It screened at dozens of festivals around the world, including the Directors Fortnight at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. His other film roles include the Australian comedies Lets Get Skase and La Spagnola, the Greek film To Gamilio Party, Wog Boy 2, Kings of Mykonos and he has also had roles in the Hollywood films Ghost Ship and Deuce Bigalow, European Gigolo. In 2015, he co-starred in Ruben Guthrie alongside Patrick Brammall, after making his acting debut in the film The Heartbreak Kid, he starred in a television spin-off, Heartbreak High, in which he played Nick Poulos. He went on to play underworld figure, Warren Lanfranchi, in the 1995 drama television series Blue Murder, in 1997, he took on a role in the police drama Wildside. In 2002, he appeared in Young Lions, in years to follow, he had small guest roles in the Australian soap Neighbours and the science fiction series Farscape. In 2008, Dimitriades played assassin Victor Brincat in the drama series Underbelly, in 2011, he featured in the TV adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas novel The Slap. He was awarded the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for his role as the protagonist, in 2015, he starred in The Principal, a SBS four-part crime drama screened over two weeks in October, for which he won a Logie Award. The series has received reviews and various accolades, including several nominations from the Australian Film Institute in 2016. Dimitriades, a collector of vinyl records, has stated that his love of music started in childhood. He has a passion for hip hop and dance music and has stated he is inspired by Kings Go Forth because of their 70s sound. He works as a DJ professionally across Australia, often referred to as DJ Boogie Monster, Dimitriades has headlined and performed at numerous events, including Derby Day and as the headline act for the relaunch of the popular South Melbourne nightclub, Motel
8. Criss Angel – Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, known by the stage name Criss Angel, is an American magician and illusionist. Angel began his career in New York City, before moving his base of operations to the Las Vegas Valley, the show generated $150 million in tourist revenue to Las Vegas in 2010, but has since been replaced by Mindfreak LIVE on 11 May 2016. He also starred in the television series Criss Angel BeLIEve on Spike TV, the television show Phenomenon on NBC. Angel has been on television for more hours than any other magician in history. He also holds multiple world-records made during his performances, and was named Magician of the Decade in 2009. In addition to his career as an illusionist, Angel was the singer for his industrial band Angeldust. He also authored the book Mindfreak, Secret Revelations, Criss Angel was born on December 19,1967, at Hempstead General Hospital in Hempstead, on Long Island, New York. Angel was raised in Elmont until fourth grade, when his family moved to East Meadow and his father, John Sarantakos, owned a restaurant and doughnut shop. He developed an interest in magic at age seven and performed his first show at the age of twelve and his main early influence was Harry Houdini. By fourteen, Angel was performing high school at restaurants in East Meadow. Angels first major illusion was making his mother float in their family den, early in his career he was helped by animal breeder and reality-television host Marc Morrone, who helped Angel find and train a set of doves for his act. By the time he graduated from East Meadow High School, he had decided to pursue a career as a professional magician instead of attending college as his parents wanted, according to Biography Channel, Angel hit the road and began touring with other traveling performance acts. Between traveling and performing, he attempted to further his education in his own by studying the history of magic in public libraries and he also studied the art of mysticism, music, martial arts and even dance. Angel has said that, I stayed away from magicians when I was younger because I didnt want to think like them and his first television appearance was in 1994, where he performed as a part of a one-hour ABC primetime special entitled Secrets. One of the supporters of Angel was horror director Clive Barker. In 1995, Barker asked Angel to work with him on his film Lord of Illusions and he also later recorded the intro to Angels album World of Illusion, System One. Barker said of Angel in the mid-1990s that, Criss Angel is extraordinary and this is the future, and it can’t come quickly enough. In 1998, Angel performed a ten-minute show over the course of the World of Illusion conference in Madison Square Garden, Angel also starred in the 1997 television movie The Science of Magic and its 2003 sequel The Science of Magic II
9. Hank Azaria – Henry Albert Hank Azaria is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and producer. He is known for starring in the television sitcom The Simpsons, voicing Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson. He is also the star of the 2017 tv series Brockmire and he also had recurring roles on the television series Mad About You and Friends, played the title character in the drama Huff, and appeared in the popular stage musical Spamalot. Though originally known as a actor, Azaria has also taken on more dramatic roles including the TV films Tuesdays With Morrie. He has won six Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Azaria was married to actress Helen Hunt from 1999 to 2000 and has been married to actress Katie Wright since 2007. Azaria was born in Queens, New York City, the son of Eastern Sephardic Jewish parents, Ruth and his grandparents on both sides hailed from Thessaloniki, from Greeces Spanish Jewish community established there after the 1492 exile from Spain. His familys spoken language at home was the Ladino language, which Azaria described as a strange, Azarias father ran several dress-manufacturing businesses, while his mother raised him and his two older sisters, Stephanie and Elise. Before marrying his father, Azarias mother had been a publicist for Columbia Pictures, promoting films in Latin American countries, during his childhood, Azaria would often memorize and mimic the scripts of the films, shows and stand-up comedy routines that he enjoyed. Azaria attended The Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills and he decided to become an actor after performing in a school play at the age of 16, becoming, at the expense of his academic studies, obsessed with acting. Both of his parents loved all forms of business, which further spurred him to become an actor. He studied drama at Tufts University from 1981 to 1985, where he met and befriended actor Oliver Platt and noted that Oliver was an actor than I was in college. Together they both starred in college stage productions, including The Merchant of Venice, before Azaria trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Although he did not expect the endeavor to be successful, Azaria decided to become an actor, so that later in his life. Azarias first acting job was an advertisement for Italian television when he was seventeen years old and he also worked as a busboy. He decided that television was an arena and offered more opportunity so, after being offered work with talent agent Harry Gold. He made his debut with a role in the pilot episode of the 1986 ABC comedy-drama series Joe Bash. His part – a one-line role as the police officer Maldonado – was edited out before the show was broadcast, although the role secured him admission to the Screen Actors Guild. Azaria appeared in the TV film Nitti, The Enforcer, about the gangster Frank Nitti and he played Joe in an episode of the sitcom Family Ties in 1988, in which he had one line and the following year he played Steve Stevenson in an episode of Growing Pains
10. Michael Chiklis – Michael Charles Chiklis is an American actor, director, musician and television producer. He is perhaps best known for his role as LAPD Detective Vic Mackey on the FX police drama The Shield, additionally, he co-starred as Vincent Savino in the CBS crime drama Vegas. In 2014 Chiklis joined the cast of American Horror Story for its season, American Horror Story. The following year he was cast as Nathaniel Barnes, in the season of Gotham. Chiklis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and his mother, Katherine, is a hospital administrative aide, and his father, Charlie Chiklis, runs a hair/beauty salon. Chiklis has been described as inheriting his acting ability from his mother and his father is a second-generation Greek American and his mother is of Greek and Irish descent. Chiklis grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and began entertaining his family with celebrity imitations when he was five years old, as a child, Chiklis appeared in regional theater productions and became a member of the Actors Equity Association at age thirteen. In the ninth grade, he portrayed Hawkeye Pierce in Andover High Schools production of M*A*S*H and he later attended Boston University College of Fine Arts, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduation, Chiklis moved to Brooklyn, New York City and was cast in the role of John Belushi in the controversial biopic Wired in 1989, the film was panned in general and flopped at the box office. He also guest starred in popular television series such as Miami Vice. Stryker, Wiseguy, L. A. Law, Murphy Brown, chikliss first successful role was in The Commish, a police comedy/drama that ran from 1991–1996 on ABC. Chiklis played Anthony Tony J. Scali, a commissioner in a small city in upstate New York. After The Commish, Chiklis starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Daddio, after playing Curly Howard in the 2000 TV movie The Three Stooges, Chiklis decided to reinvent his image. With his wifes help, he spent six months on a workout regimen. He turned up to audition for The Shield looking nothing like the pudgy, winning over creator Shawn Ryan, Chiklis nabbed the leading role of the shows anti-hero, LAPD Detective Vic Mackey. He won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for the role, Chiklis received a Golden Globe Award that same year for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama as well. Between 2004 and 2005, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series, Chiklis later parodied his role as Vic Mackey in Monstourage, an episode of Robot Chicken. The skit involved Mackey accidentally switching places with Ben Grimm and he has also performed in several episodes of Family Guy and had a voice role in Heavy Gear, The Animated Series
11. Jared Daperis – Jared Daperis is an Australian actor. He has received a Young Artist Award nomination, Daperis recent film work has been compared with that of a young Mel Gibson, whilst co-stars have likened him to Heath Ledger. He is the brother of actor and director Daniel Daperis and he also appeared in the Foxtel series Small Time Gangster alongside Gary Sweet. However Daperis but is best known for his role as the eponymous Squizzy Taylor, in Underbelly. He lent his voice to the ensemble in the animated Paramount movie Charlottes Web. Daperis performances on stage include the Melbourne and Singapore seasons of Cameron Mackintoshs Oliver, in which he played the Artful Dodger, and IMGs The Full Monty at Melbournes Art Centre
12. Theo James – James was born on 16 December 1984, in Oxford, England. He is the son of Jane, who worked for the National Health Service, and Philip Taptiklis and his other ancestry is English and Scottish. The youngest of five children, James has two brothers and two sisters and he attended Aylesbury Grammar School and went on to earn his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Nottingham. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, James made his television debut in A Passionate Woman, starring opposite Billie Piper. He played Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk in an episode of the first season of Downton Abbey, James starred in Bedlam, playing the lead role of Jed Harper. He appeared in the 2012 adaptation of John Braines Room at the Top as Jack Wales and his film credits include You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and The Domino Effect. James was cast in Stranger while still in his year at drama school. He played James, a night club rep, in The Inbetweeners Movie. In 2011, James was chosen to play the character of David in the installment of Underworld, Awakening, released in 2012. In 2012 he appeared in ITVs Case Sensitive starring Olivia Williams and he was named a Star of Tomorrow in 2009 by Screen International. James played the lead, Tobias Four Eaton, in the film adaptation of Veronica Roths Divergent. James reprised the character in the sequel to Divergent, The Divergent Series, Insurgent, James starred alongside Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess in the film adaptation of London Fields, and in the indie drama Franny, alongside Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning. He returned in two more Divergent films, The Divergent Series, Allegiant, and the upcoming The Divergent Series and he reprised his character David in the fifth Underworld film, that time as the films lead. Outside his acting career, James was the singer and guitarist of the London-based band Shere Khan, on 21 November 2012, the band announced on their Facebook page that they were no longer actively playing as a band and that members would be pursuing other musical endeavours. List of British actors and actresses List of English people List of University of Nottingham people Theo James at the Internet Movie Database