James trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has worked extensively as an actor,singer, author, and composer in theatre, film, television and radio. Theatre work includes: Tom Jenkins in the world premiere of Scrooge – The Musical with Anthony Newley, going on to be alternative Scrooge in the West End; Inspector Lastrade in Sherlock Holmes – The Musical with Robert Powell: Courfeyrec in Les Miserables (West End and Royal Albert Hall TV Special; Doctor Webster in Jekyll; Henry Miller in Calamity Jane ; Edward (VIII) Prince of Wales in Bertie,; Peter/Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar,; Eddie/Doctor Scott in The Rocky Horror Show; Vince Fontain in Grease ; Bertrand de Poulency in Jeanne; Father Mugglewump in The Twits ; Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol at the Vasa Theatre, Stockholm; James has recently appeared in Dick Whittington with Paul Daniels at the Theatre Royal, Windsor ; appearances as the Voice of the Plant, Audrey 2 in many productions of Little Shop of Horrors
Television includes: PC Rogers in The Bill ; Young Chris in You Can’t Live on Cake (BBC Playhouse); the Medical Student in Bouncing Back; Chris Franklin in The GP’s; Les Miserables – Stage by Stage ; also Pebble Mill, First Night, This Morning, London Tonight
Film includes: Psychotic Chauffeur in The Masks of Death , with Peter Cushing and Sir John Mills ; the Mercenary in Colourblind; the American in Rebel Without A Clue ; Captain Freddie Tangent in The Doomsday Machine
Recordings include: Save The Children; Les Miserables International Symphonic Recording; Les Miserables 10th Anniversary; The Best Of The West End Musical; Greatest Hits Of The Musicals, Scrooge (original cast album) ; Sherlock Holmes (original cast album).
Writing includes: composer and co-author of Suckyula (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark), author of the comedy play Dragon; composer and author of the comedy rock opera Mummy! and of the rock musical Hell. Currently working on a new television series Fame and Fortune with his co-writer Shirlie Roden