Theo James (born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis) is a British actor. He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England, and has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Nottingham.
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, he played "Four" in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel, Divergent.
Early Life and EducationEdit
James was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, the son of Jane (née Martin) and Philip Taptiklis. His paternal grandfather was Greek (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. 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 Branie's Room at the Top, as "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, opposite Kate Beckinsale. In 2012, he appeared in ITV's Case Sensitive starring Olivia Williams and Dareen Boydas as "Aidan Harper", and was named a "Star of Tomorrow" in 2009 by Screen International.
James played the lead role, "Tobias (Four) Eaton", in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's New York Times best-selling book, Divergent. Among his upcoming film projects, he will star alongside Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thorton and Jim Sturgess in the film adaptation of London Fields (2014), and in the indie drama Franny (2014) alongside Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning.
James will reprise his role as Tobias "Four" Eaton in the sequels to Divergent, in Insurgent due out March 20, 2015 (USA,UK), and Allegiant in March 2016. Shailene Woodley will also reprise her role as "Beatrice (Tris) Prior", the main character and James' love interest in the films. Filming for Insurgent will start in May 2014.
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 endeavors.