James Buckley (actor)

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James Buckley
James Buckley 2009.jpg
Born James Patrick Buckley
(1987-08-14) 14 August 1987 (age 31)
Croydon, London, England, UK
Occupation Stand-up comedian, Actor, Musician, YouTuber
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Clair Meek (m. 2012)
Children 2

James Patrick Buckley (born 14 August 1987) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and YouTuber. He is known for playing foul-mouthed Jay Cartwright in the BAFTA-winning E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners.

Early life[edit]

Buckley was born in Croydon, where he attended Thornton School. It was here, while taking part in school plays, that Buckley found out how much he enjoyed performing and, from the age of seven, started going to a stage school at the weekends. At age 11, Buckley began his first professional jobs in the West End shows Whistle Down the Wind and Les Misérables. At 11 years old he also began attending The Chafford School. Buckley says that school disinterested him to the point where he didn't collect his GCSE results.


Buckley's first role was in 2001 as Johnny Vaughan's twelve-year-old godson in the BBC sitcom 'Orrible.[1] He then appeared in a Hellmann's advertisement in 2004[citation needed] and in a 2005 music video for the Gravenhurst track 'I Turn My Face To The Forest Floor' directed by Ralitza Petrova.[2] His stage credits include the West End musical Les Misérables as Gavroche and Whistle Down the Wind as Clarence.[3] As well as The Inbetweeners and Rock & Chips, Buckley's other credits include an episode of Skins and episodes of The Bill, Holby City and Teachers.[4]

He also played the character of Fred in Off the Hook.[5] For Red Nose Day 2011, Buckley and his Inbetweeners co-stars went on a "rude road trip" and visited the rudest street names in the United Kingdom in 50 hours. In April 2011, Buckley received a BAFTA nomination for his role in The Inbetweeners. Buckley played the main character in the short film Veronique. Buckley appears in the 2011 film Everywhere and Nowhere. That same year, Buckley reprised his role as Jay Cartwright in the film, The Inbetweeners Movie, and its sequel, The Inbetweeners 2 in 2014.

Buckley also does voice-overs using his distinctive accent. He recently worked with AllAboutCareers.com[6] to produce an explanatory animation for the website. Buckley is also the narrator on E4's show Little Box of Horrors. He starred in the music video for States of Emotion's track "The Unsung",[7] and also features on backing vocals and guitar on Steve Cradock's album Peace City West.[8] In 2012, Buckley made his directorial debut, where he directed and starred in a music video for the Essex band The Milk.

Buckley has appeared in several commercials. These include Orange, with the cast of The Expendables 2 and for Game, as well as providing voice-over for Envirofone, Trunki and Hastings Direct.

In April 2016, Buckley started a YouTube gaming channel called Completed It Mate, which has over 348,157 subscribers as of June 2018.[9] Since beginning his channel, Buckley has collaborated with other YouTubers, most notably with the Rooster Teeth group Achievement Hunter, when he appeared on their Off Topic Podcast and multiple episodes of their Let's Play series . He has also appeared on Alternative Lifestyle, a YouTube series created by Sugar Pine 7, another Rooster Teeth subsidiary.

In 2017, Buckley began starring in the sitcom White Gold, along with his The Inbetweeners co-star, Joe Thomas.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Buckley married Scottish former model Clair Meek on 3 November 2012. They have two children and reside in Kilmarnock.[11]



Year Film Role Notes
2002 Veronique Boy Short film
2011 Everywhere and Nowhere Jamie
The Inbetweeners Movie Jay Cartwright
2013 Charlie Countryman Luke
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Jay Cartwright
The Pyramid Fitzie
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Sponge
The Comedian's Guide to Survival James Mullinger


Year Program Role Notes
2001 'Orrible Ryan Episode: "Two Men and a Bastard"
2004 Teachers John 2 episodes
2005–08 The Bill Tom Wilkinson / Joseph Rake / Marcus Stepney 3 episodes
2006 Holby City Ali Wilkinson Episode: "Better the Devil You Know"
Baggy Trousers Neil Pilot
2007 Skins Simon Episode: "Michelle"
Sold Wayne Episode: "1.1"
2008–2010 The Inbetweeners Jay Cartwright 18 episodes
Nominated – British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actor (2010)
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role (2011)
Nominated - Royal Television Society Award for Best Comedy Performance (2011)
2009 Off the Hook Fred 7 episodes
2010 Comedy Lab Rob Episode: "Filth"
2010–11 Rock & Chips Del Boy 3 episodes
2011 The Comic Strip Presents... Sergeant Episode: "The Hunt for Tony Blair"
Little Box of Horrors[12] Himself 6 episodes
2014 The Boy in the Dress Mr Norris Television film
2016–present Zapped Brian Weaver 9 episodes
2016 Impractical Jokers Himself Episode: "British Invasion"
2017–present White Gold Brian Fitzpatrick 6 episodes
2017 Red Dwarf Mechanoid Episode: "Siliconia"
2018 I Feel Bad Chewy


  1. ^ ""'Orrible" Two Men and a Bastard (TV Episode 2001)". 
  2. ^ "I Turn My Face To The Forest Floor - Gravenhurst". Vimeo. 
  3. ^ "James Buckley CV". James Buckley Official Website. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "James Buckley Filmography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Lyndhurst returns as Rodney's dad BBC News, 5 October 2009
  6. ^ "AllAboutCareers.com". YouTube. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "STATES OF EMOTION - THE UNSUNG feat. James Buckley (Official Video)". YouTube. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Steve Cradock New Album Promo". YouTube. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Completed It Mate". YouTube. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  10. ^ Jodie, Halford. "White Gold: Inbetweeners writer honours Essex roots". BBC News. 
  11. ^ Taylor, Frances (4 November 2012). "'The Inbetweeners' star James Buckley marries Clair Meek". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Little Box of Horrors - Episode Guide - All 4". 

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