James is an actor and writer who has won a British Independent Film Award, been a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and is a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow. He has written a dramatic film called Unicorns about a British Pakistani drag queen, produced by Philip Herd at Independent Film.
For television he has previously developed projects with Channel 4 and Chapter One Pictures with producers Sophie Gardiner and Toby Bentley. James is currently developing The Beast, a drama TV series set in 16th century Europe based on the true story that inspired 'Beauty and the Beast'. He is also working on a contemporary take on The Picture of Dorian Gray with The Forge.
As an actor, James is best known for the lead role of ‘Rash’ in Sally El Hosaini’s acclaimed feature film My Brother the Devil, which The Daily Telegraph said his performance was “reminiscent of Robert De Niro” and Empire Magazine called him “magnetic”. The film and James won awards globally at Sundance, Berlin and London Film Festival among others. Recently he starred as Gabriel Varma in ITV’s hit drama The Good Karma Hospital, which peaks at over 8 million viewers on the primetime Sunday evening slot. James also stars in gritty Hulu drama No Man’s Land, co-created by Ron Leshem (Euphoria).The Middle East-set series is an international hit in Europe, Latin America and Asia, and one of the most popular series in France to date.
James has been profiled by Variety, The Guardian, Evening Standard, Mr Porter, Flaunt Magazine and Attitude among others.