Bradley James is an English actor who was born in Exeter, Devon. He and his family then moved to Jacksonville, Florida when he was nine years old. During his time there, he attended Crown Point Elementary School and then Fletcher Middle School before attending Madeley High School in Madeley, England.
His young memories of theatre are very clear:
“My earliest memory from the theatre was going to see a pantomime in Bath and Aladdin said something like: ‘Oh, what’s in that cave?’ or something and: ‘I’m a bit scared. I don’t want to go in.’ And the audience was really quiet. And a little voice that belonged to a four year old went: ‘I’ll go in there!’ And everyone turned round to the little voice and my parents suddenly looked down to see me, jumping up and down: ‘I’ll go in there!’ And I shouted out loud at a pantomime. And I’d honestly been that sort of engrossed in the performance in the world that they’d created that I felt the need to rescue Aladdin from his peril and help him out by going in the dark cave.”
When he was younger, he wanted to be either a footballer or an actor. The Acting route won, but James is a fan of football and participates annually in sporting charity events. He made his television debut in the ITV series Lewis in 2008 and also played the part of Ben in the BBC Three drama Dis/Connected.
He trained at the Drama Centre London. His breakthrough came when he was chosen to play Prince Arthur, who later becomes the legendary King Arthur, in the BBC One fantasy TV series Merlin. Merlin has been a consistent hit series in the U.S.; its first series was shown on the broadcast network NBC and its second, third and fourth series on NBC’s affiliate cable network Syfy. Merlin recently ended its 5-year run on BBC One.
James and co-star Colin Morgan went on an exploration of Arthurian legends for BBC Wales, The Real Merlin & Arthur, in 2009.
Has two sisters, one named Natalie and the other, Stephanie.
Bradley looks forward to meeting all his fans at both the Sydney and Perth expos in 2013. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) excluding breaks and there’s a general admission Q&A on the Sunday of each weekend.
* Autograph ($30 each) and photograph ($40 each) fees apply.
* Special EXCALIBUR Tickets (All 4 MERLIN Guests and extra Perks – $280 each – Details Here)
Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending.