James Scott (actor)

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James Scott
James Scott (actor).jpg
Scott in 2008
Born (1979-01-14) 14 January 1979 (age 40)
Years active1999–present

James Scott (born 14 January 1979)[1] is a British actor. He is best known for playing Ethan Cambias on the ABC drama All My Children and EJ DiMera/Santo DiMera on the NBC drama Days of Our Lives.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England; the eldest of four children, he has two brothers and a sister.[2] Initially schooled in Newcastle, Scott moved to an all-boys boarding school in Lancaster.[1]

After school, Scott moved to Edinburgh, Scotland on a voyage of self-discovery, his mother is Scottish and he spent a lot of time in Scotland as a boy.[1] His first summer there he managed to get a job working at the famous "Gilded Balloon Theatre", one of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's best-known venues, established by Karen Koren in 1986 in Edinburgh's Cowgate and worked with such actors/comedians as Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, and Eddie Izzard. "They set me in motion, giving me the drive I needed to move forward. Soon it became apparent that I would need to move to London in order to truly focus on this as a career," Scott remembers.[3]


Scott began his career working in the music industry, and later started acting in community theatre.[2]

After only a few weeks in London, Scott was spotted by the Storm Model Management agency in London, home to Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson, and other prominent models. Modelling allowed him to earn enough money to put himself through college,[3] he studied for two years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[2]

I didn't always want to be an actor but I always knew I would be. Just a feeling that has lived within me from my earliest childhood memories.

— James Scott[3]

As time went on, he began to model for clothing companies. During a modelling trip to Los Angeles, he went to an acting class at the Ivana Chubbuck studio in Hollywood;[2] the class inspired him to save money and make the move to Los Angeles. He studied acting for two more years before being cast on All My Children. Scott originated the role of Ethan Cambias in August 2004 and played it until February 2006.[2] He then moved on to Days of Our Lives where he took on the role of EJ DiMera in May 2006.[2]

On 2 May 2014 it was announced that Scott would be leaving Days of Our Lives to pursue other endeavours.[4]

On 27 September 2015, he reprised his role as EJ DiMera of Days of Our Lives on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, reuniting with Alison Sweeney (as Sami Brady) in honour of Noujain Mustaffa and the Syrian refugee crises.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2004-2006 All My Children Ethan Cambias Contract role
2006-2014 Days of Our Lives EJ DiMera
2007-2008 Days of Our Lives Santo DiMera
2016 Wrecked Liam TBS, Pilot only

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated

Personal life[edit]

During an interview in April 2014, Scott described a spiritual experience he had in Peru during a trip to the country, from which he had just returned prior to the interview – and during which he took Ayahuasca with the guidance of Native Peruvian shamans.[8] During the interview, Scott described the experience as "the single most positive experience of my life" and further stated of the experience that "it sounds wacky when you say it, but it was truly the most important thing I have ever done. I came back a very different person."[8]


  1. ^ a b c "James Scott Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Profile of James Scott". About.com. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "James Scott-EJ DiMera". NBC. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Soap Opera Digest". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  5. ^ Andy Swift (28 September 2015). "[VIDEO] 'Days Of Our Lives': EJ Alive — Watch His Reunion With Sami - TVLine". TVLine.
  6. ^ "Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards - 37th Annual Nomination Announcement". Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards - 38th Annual Nomination Announcement". Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  8. ^ a b "DAYS James Scott Interview: EJami, EJabby, The Incriminating Photo and More!". Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved 27 October 2014.

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