James Phelps

James Andrew Eric Phelps, known simply as James Phelps, is a British actor who was born on February 25, 1986. He is well-recognized for his portrayal of Fred Weasley in the “Harry Potter” film franchise. He has also appeared in the short films “The Turn” and “Hogwarts Express,” as well as the television shows “Kingdom” and “King of the Nerds.” Phelps has voiced characters in several “Harry Potter” video games, including “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.” On a personal note, the British actor enjoys traveling across the world, touring, and watching sporting events with his twin brother. We will help you celebrate his special day right here.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

James Andrew Eric Phelps

Birth date:

February 25, 1986



Zodiac Sign:



6' 3"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$1 million

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James Andrew Eric Phelps, known simply as James Phelps, was born in the Birmingham suburb of Sutton Coldfield, England, on February 25, 1986, 13 minutes after his brother Oliver Phelps. Susan and Martyn Phelps have no other children. Phelps and his brother went to Little Sutton Primary School and Arthur Terry Secondary School when they were younger. The twins were schooled on set while filming the “Harry Potter” series.

The twins skipped school in 2000 to attend an open audition in Leeds, despite having no prior acting experience. They were cast as Fred and George Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” after about six auditions. After being cast, Phelps was assigned the character of Fred and Oliver was given the role of George at the first table reading. He worked as a runner on the sets of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “The Da Vinci Code” in addition to acting. Phelps appeared as a guest star in an episode of the British drama “Silent Witness,” which aired on January 6, 2015. He also served as an associate producer on the fantasy film “Cadia: The World Within,” in which he acted in 2019.

Phelps and his brother co-hosted a podcast, which was released on YouTube and other streaming sites such as Spotify and iTunes. In 2016, Phelps married Annika Ostle. Jason and Tonto, the couple’s two canines, live with them. Phelps is a fan of Birmingham City F.C. and Valencia C.F. in Spain. Phelps and his brother planted trees in Leicestershire’s National Forest in January 2003. The trees were birch and ash, the same sorts of wood utilized in the “Harry Potter” movies to build the broomsticks. Teenage Cancer Trust, the Celebrity World Cup Soccer Six, the Virgin Money Giving initiative, and Cancer Research U.K. in Australia are all supporters of the twins.

Career timeline

He Stars in "Harry Potter"

In the film “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” Phelps plays the ginger-haired Fred Weasley.

His Directorial Initiative

Phelps takes the initiative to direct “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” a short film.

His Appearance in “A Mind’s Eye”

Phelps stars in “A Mind's Eye,” a short documentary film based on Plato's intellectual beliefs; later, he also stars in the short film, “The Turn.”

His Debut on Television

Phelps makes his television screen debut as Mr. Barry Carter in the film “Danny And The Human Zoo,” and he returns as a guest celebrity in the eighth episode of the show, “King Of The Nerds.”

His Collaboration with His Brother

Phelps and his brother discuss their prior journeys in the first season of their podcast.

Why We Love James Phelps

  1. He contributes towards a sustainable environment

    Phelps and his brother planted trees in Leicestershire's National Forest during the January 2003 planting season. They replanted birch and ash trees, which were used in the making of the "Harry Potter" broomsticks.

  2. His service for the community

    Phelps and his identical twin put on their hiking boots and took on the Three Peaks Challenge, which required them to hike the tallest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales in under 24 hours. The twins took on the challenge to raise money for two charities: the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Children's Charity at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

  3. The bond he has with his brother

    The bond between Oliver and James Phelps is a joy to watch. The two twins are very close and they enjoy engaging in various activities together.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Differentiating between the Phelps brothers is difficult

    Oliver has a mole on the side of his neck, which helps to distinguish him from Phelps; in addition, Phelps has a smaller, rounder face than Oliver, who has a longer, straighter one.

  2. He is a man with varied interests

    Golfing, listening to rock music, playing the Xbox and PlayStation, and acting are some of his favorite pastimes; Phelps frequently posts music he likes on his Instagram feed and he also plays the guitar.

  3. He enjoys junk food

    Phelps has stated that his favorite foods are fish, sweet desserts, and chips.

  4. He has many buddies in the industry

    Phelps has pals in the entertainment world, including Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton, who are all part of the "Harry Potter" cast..

  5. He was emotionally moved in an interview

    When the scene of Fred's death was mentioned in interviews, Phelps was visibly moved; he compared it to acting in an action film rather than a fantasy film.

James Phelps FAQs

Does James Phelps have siblings?

Yes, he has an identical twin brother.

Is James Phelps married?

Yes, since 2016, Phelps has been married to Annika Ostle.

Where was James Phelps born?

Phelps was born in the U.K’s Royal Town of Sutton ColdfielD.

James Phelps’s birthday dates

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