STEPHAN JAMES can next be seen starring opposite Julia
Roberts in Amazon's limited
series Homecoming, a psychological thriller based on Gimlet Media's podcast.
Mr. James, a native of Canada, has held the honor of portraying several
in African-American history. He starred as Olympics hero Jesse Owens in Race,
by Stephen Hopkins, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination and
a Canadian Screen Award; and in the limited series Shots Fired.
He starred as T.K. Kelly, the #1 high school running back in the U.S., in the
fact-based sports tale When the Game Stands Tall; directed by Thomas Carter, the
told the story of the De La Salle High School Spartans football team and their
winning streak. Among his other films are Stanley Brooks' Perfect Sisters,
Georgie Henley and Abigail Breslin; Director X's Undone (also known as Across
Line); and David Sutherland's Home Again, with Tatyana Ali and Lyriq Bent, for
he earned his first Canadian Screen Award nomination.
In Ava DuVernay's drama Selma, one of the most acclaimed films of recent
James portrayed John Lewis, the son of sharecroppers and a student activist with
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee; Mr. Lewis later became a U.S.
Congressman. The drama illuminated the progress of protest marches in Selma,
His other awards include the Rising Star Award at the 2015 Toronto International
Festival; and, with his fellow Selma actors, the Black Film Critics Circle Award
In his free time Mr. James performs his own rap music and stays active with
football, soccer, kickboxing, and track and field.