Theo James, born on December 16, 1984, started his career as an actor with “A Passionate Woman,” his first role, and has soon become a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry. James had his big break in 2014 as he portrayed the character of Tobias Eaton, or Four, in the movie “Divergent,” and contributed immensely to making the Netflix movie “How It Ends” a massive success. Join us as we celebrate his special day!
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis
December 16, 1984
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis, also known as Theo James, has become a household name in the entertainment industry. His superior acting talent and attractive personality have won the hearts of millions around the world. James was born in High Wycombe, England, on December 16, 1984. He received tutelage at Aylesbury Grammar School and holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Nottingham. He received formal training in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
James started his career in 2010 with a role in the series “A Passionate Woman.” He also got featured in the first season of “Downton Abbey” where he played the character of Kemal Pamuk, a Turkish diplomat. He also starred in “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” while still in drama school. As a result of his early successes, he was named “Star of Tomorrow” by Screen International in 2009. In 2011, James landed his first leading role in the horror series “Bedlam” where he played the character of Jed Harper. He also featured as James in “The Inbetweeners Movie.” In 2012, he starred in “Room at the Top,” a T.V. mini-series, playing Jack Whales, and in “Case Sensitive” as Aiden. Some other movies he starred in include “Underworld: Awakening,” “Golden Boy,” and “The Domino Effect.” James had his big break in 2014 as he portrayed the character of Tobias “Four” Eaton in the movie “Divergent,” a role he reprised in “Insurgent” and “Allegiant,” the two sequels in the “Divergent” film series. In 2018, James starred in the movie “Backstabbing for Beginners,” which he also executive produced. He was also featured in “How It Ends,” where he played Will Younger. In 2019, James starred in the movie “Sanditon,” which he executive produced as well. In 2020, he appeared as the time traveler in “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” the T.V. adaptation of the 2003 novel.
James is married to Ruth Kearney, an Irish actress whom he met while at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
He lands his first role in the mini-series “A Passionate Woman” after failing several auditions.
He is seen in a major role in the T.V. series “Bedlam.”
He plays Jack Wales in John Brain's adaptation of “Room at the Top.”
His biggest claim to fame comes in the form of the film adaptation of “Divergent,” where he plays the lead, Tobias “Four” Eaton.
Why We Love Theo James
He cares about family a lot
He loves his family. He admires his parents very much, who took care of five children. He is constantly in touch with his parents and siblings and goes to his hometown whenever he can to spend quality time with them.
He keeps in touch with his fans
He keeps in touch with his fans through social media. He lets them know about his day-to-day activities and plans.
He is an activist
In June 2016, James traveled to Greece with the U.N.H.C.R., where he met Syrian refugees and learned more about their situation. He has since been vocal about refugees' rights and called for greater humanitarian aid for people displaced by the Syrian civil war.
5 Surprising Facts
He has a music career
In addition to his acting career, James also had a musical career, when he was a guitarist and lead singer for his band Shere Khan, but he eventually got too busy with his acting stints and the band dismantled.
He worked for the National Health Service
Before embarking on an acting career, James worked for the National Health Service, where he cleaned the houses of the recently deceased.
He is a Marlon Brando fan
He confessed that he is a big fan of the Hollywood legend, and says that “Apocalypse Now” is one of his favorite movies of all time.
He was a bartender
James had a lot of jobs in his early life, and he once worked as a bartender.
He is not for social media
Despite being a famous and well-loved celebrity, he does not indulge much in social media.
Theo James FAQs
What do Theo's parents do?
His mother, Jane, works for National Health Services while his father, Philip, is a successful business consultant.
Is Theo James married?
James is married to Irish actress Ruth Kearney, whom he met at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
How many siblings does Theo James have?
James has four older siblings: two sisters and two brothers.
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