UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS
THEO JAMES (David) began his career as an actor at the Briston
Old Vic Theatre School in England and has brought life to roles in both film and
television, which serve as a testament to his burgeoning talent.
James launched his film career as the male lead 'David' opposite Kate Beckinsale
in Underworld: Awakening—the fourth installment of Lakeshore & Sony's successful
franchise. The film was directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein and grossed
$160 worldwide. James will reprise his role in the fifth film, Underworld: Blood
Wars, which will be released on January 6, 2017. The series to date has earned a
global box office return of $458 million.
James also starred in the film adaptations of the young adult Divergent series,
based on the novels by Veronica Roth. He plays 'Four' in the Lionsgate franchise
opposite Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. The first three films, Divergent,
Insurgent, and Allegiant, have a total box office gross of $347 million.
James recently wrapped production on the political drama Backstabbing for
Beginners in the lead role opposite Ben Kingsley, for director Per Fly. Based on
the book of the same name, the film follows a young program coordinator at the
United Nations who stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.
This year, James starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara in Jim
Sheridan's film The Secret Scripture, also adapted from a novel of the same
name. The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and
tells the story of a woman who keeps a diary during her stay at a mental
hospital and the events leading to her hospitalization.
James starred as British gangster 'Lord James Mangan' in the comedy War on
Everyone for John Michael McDonagh, in which two corrupt New Mexico cops
(Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard) set out to blackmail and frame every
criminal that crosses their path. The film premiered at the 2016 Berlin
International Film Festival and was released in the UK in October 2016, as well
as several other countries internationally.
In January 2016, James appeared in Andrew Renzi's independent feature The
Benefactor, opposite Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning. The film premiered at the
2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The
Benefactor tells the story of a philanthropist who meddles in the lives of newly
married couples in an attempt to relive his past.
James' additional film credits include the British blockbuster comedy The
InBetweeners Movie, and Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
On the small screen, James starred as the title character 'Detective Walter
Clark' in the CBS series Golden Boy, opposite Chi McBride. He also played the
memorable role of Turkish diplomat 'Mr. Kemal Pamuk' in the first season of the
critically-acclaimed series Downton Abbey, appeared as 'Jed Harper' in the
British series Bedlam, 'Aidan Harper' in Case Sensitive, and 'Jack Wales' in
Room at the Top.
James originally began his acting career on-stage and will be returning to
theatre in early 2017 with a production of Sex with Strangers at the Hampstead
Theater, written by Laura Eason and directed by Peter Dubois. James will be star
opposite Emilia Fox in the play which follows a woman and man who soon realize
that opposites attract.
James currently resides in London.
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