After graduating from Cambridge University, JAMES NORTON
(Jamie) immediately went on to study at RADA. He is a bright star in the British
acting landscape which was confirmed when he was selected by Screen
International to be one of their highly prestigious Stars of Tomorrow.
Norton was most recently seen in a supporting role in Hampstead. The story is
inspired by the true story of an American widow who becomes involved with an
unkempt man. The film stars Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson.
Norton has recently completed work on the AMC/BBC One crime drama "McMafia,"
which is anticipated to release in 2018. Written by Hossein Amini and directed
by James Watkins, the story follows Alex Godman the English-raised son of
Russian exiles with a mafia history, who has spent his life trying to escape the
shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a
life with his girlfriend Rebecca.
Returning for a third series and a Christmas special, Norton was seen reprising
his role of Sidney Chambers in "Grantchester," the TV adaptation of the James
Runcie novel Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. The series follows vicar
turned sleuth Sidney Chambers, a man with a love for women, jazz and warm beer.
In 2016, Norton returned to the stage in Tracy Lett's play "Bug" at Found 111.
Norton took the lead role opposite Kate Fleetwood. The play received wide
acclaim and was given an extended run. Norton was also seen in the eagerly
anticipated second series of Sally Wainright's "Happy Valley," for which he
received a BAFTA TV nomination and caught the attention of both critics and the
nation. This compelling crime thriller for the BBC sees Norton reprise the role
of Tommy opposite Sarah Lancashire.
In January 2016, Norton played the role of Prince Andrei Bolkonsky alongside
Lily James and Paul Dano in the critically acclaimed BBC mini-series "War and
Peace." The series, directed by Tom Harper also featured key performances by
Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea. The series was produced by The
Weinstein Company, and aired on BBC and A+E. Norton also appeared in the new
series of "Black Mirror." He starred opposite Bryce Dallas Howard in "Nosedive,"
one of the six new episodes of the anthology series about tech paranoia.
In 2015, Norton was seen in the BBC adaptation of "Lady Chatterley's Lover," in
which he starred alongside Richard Madden and Holiday Grainger in the role of
Sir Clifford Chatterley. Prior to this, he was seen in the BBC series "Life in
Squares." This three-part serial about the Bloomsbury Group explores the
exceptionally close and often fraught relationship of sisters Vanessa Bell and
Virginia Wolff enduring a sexually complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan
Grant. The series was written by Amanda Coe and directed by Simon Kaijser.
2014 saw Norton star in Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, which looks at the life of the
renowned British artist J.M.W Turner (played by Timothy Spall) and Northmen: A
December 2013 saw Norton star in Death Comes to Pemberley, the adaptation of the
P.D. James novel. Norton played the lead role of Henry Alveston alongside a
stellar cast including Matthew Rhys, Matthew Goode, Anna Maxwell-Martin and
2013 was also a busy year for Norto. Along with various television credits ("Dr.
Who," "Blandings," "By Any Means," "Our Story"), Norton also had a small role in
Ron Howard's Rush. This highly anticipated film premiered in Toronto, along with
another of Norton's films, Belle, which released in the UK in June of the same
year. Directed by BAFTA award winner Amma Asante and produced by Damian Jones,
the film was inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race
girl raised in an aristocratic family in England at the end of the 18th century.
The cast included Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson.
In 2012, Norton appeared in the BBC's "Restless" (with Hayley Atwell and Rufus
Sewell) and "Inspector George Gently" (with Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby); he
also played the lead role of Owen in Donald Rice's "Cheerful Weather for the
Wedding," alongside a stellar cast including Mackenzie Crook, Elizabeth McGovern
and Felicity Jones. His first professional role was alongside Carey Mulligan in
Lone Sherfig's hugely successful An Education.
Norton has also excelled on stage. His first role out of drama school (for which
he left RADA early) was in Laura Wade's critically acclaimed "Posh" at the Royal
Court Theatre. He quickly went on to star opposite Frances Barber in "That Face"
at the Sheffield crucible, directed by Richard Wilson. Norton's West-End debut
was playing the lead role of 'Stanhope' in David Grindley's epic production of
"Journey's End," for which he earned a host of fantastic reviews. He has most
recently been seen in the role of Geoffrey in Trevor Nunn's production of "The
Lion in Winter" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, alongside Joanna Lumley and
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