Theo James (born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis; 16 December 1984) is an English actor, known for portraying Jed Harper in Bedlam. In 2013, James played the lead as a rookie detective and future New York City police commissioner Walter William Clark, Jr., in the CBS crime drama Golden Boy. In 2014, James will be playing the character Four in the film adaptation of theVeronica Roth novel Divergent.
Early Life & Education
James was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, the son of Jane (née Martin) and Philip Taptiklis. His paternal grandfather was Greek (he moved from the Peloponnese to New Zealand). James’s other ancestry is English and Scottish. He is the youngest of five children; he has two brothers and two sisters.
James 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 Braine’s Room at the Top, playing 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. His most notable role is of James, an obnoxious night club rep in The Inbetweeners Movie. In 2011, James was chosen to play the character as David in the fourth installment of Underworld: Awakening, released in 2012. In 2012 he also appeared in ITV’s Case Sensitive starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. He was named a « Star of Tomorrow » in 2009 by industry magazineScreen International.
On March 15, 2013, it was announced that Theo had been cast to play the lead role of Tobias « Four » Eaton in the upcoming film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling book series, Divergent.
Among his upcoming film projects, James will star alongside Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess in the film adaptation of London Fields (2014), and in the indie drama Franny (2014) alongside Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning.
Outside his acting career, James was the singer and guitarist of the London-based band Shere Khan. On November 21, 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 endeavors.