James trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Since then he has had a varied career in theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre work ranges from seasons at the New Vic Stoke-on-Trent to the Old Vic in London, while his TV work spans thirty years from Juliet Bravo to Emmerdale via The Bill, Bergerac and Eldorado.
He has vast experience working with young people and helped set up the science company, Rocketscience4kids bringing science alive in junior schools, making it accessible to all and fun to learn. He has also worked for several drama schools, notably Hot Note where he taught for three years.