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LIVING THE DREAM

As a youngster James honed his directing skills creating remakes of Hollywood films on a JVC camcorder, his homemade Basic Instinct was particularly distressing. He then put these skills to good (debatable) use filming his backyard wrestling federation whilst destroying his parents garden (if you were wondering his wrestling name, it’s Shadow Man). ‘Success’ followed when a short made at college was chosen to be aired on BBC 2. Unfortunately, the screening was at 3.30am although it did receive rave reviews from 3 of the 4 family members who stayed up to watch.  

Since then James has established himself as a writer and director of sketch and comedy for TV. He’s just directed Hard Cell coming out on Netflix has been lucky enough to direct some of the biggest names in the biz including Catherine Tate, Romesh Ranganathan, Harry Hill, Lolly Adefope, Jimmy Carr, Stephen Fry, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Rosie Jones, Lee Mack, Chris Ramsey, Judi Love, Asim Chaudhry and The Cheeky Girls.

James loves his wife, eats too much cake and has an unfavourably sized forehead. He is currently retired from wrestling but if you have a paddling pool filled with jelly he could be tempted back.