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Oliver James - Biography


Born: June 1, 1980

Famous for: Romancing Amanda Bynes in What A Girl Wants and Hilary Duff in Raise Your Voice

Oliver James - Biography

Who is Oliver James?

Oliver James is an English actor, musician and songwriter from Ottershaw, Surrey. He has appeared both on the small and big screen with notable roles in 2003's What a Girl Wants, alongside Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes, and an episode of the BBC show The Afternoon Play.

Acting Education

Oliver trained at the Guildford School of Acting in Guildford, Surrey at the start of the 2000s. The cross-disciplinary performer is said to have taken up studies in acting so he could be with his girlfriend at the time, who also attended the acting school.

Music Career

Whilst short lived, Oliver was stapled for a career in music after his screen debut in The Afternoon Play. Simon Fuller, the creator of Pop Idol and American Idol, signed Oliver up to join a boyband he was putting together in 2003. Oliver quickly left the band after being cast in What a Girl Wants, for which he not only learned to play the guitar and sang on its soundtrack, but also wrote some of the songs.

Acting Career

Whilst still studying, Oliver made his screen debut at the age of 22 in the made-for-television film School's Out, which released in 2002. From here he would go on to appear in romcom What a Girl Wants the following year, starring as teenage heartthrob Ian Wallace.

In 2004 Oliver starred in musical drama film Raise Your Voice, directed by Sean McNamara and co-starring Hilary Duff. Sadly for Oliver the film was a box office bomb, grossing just over $14.8 million. 

Oliver returned to television a couple of years later in the BBC's The Innocence Project, where he played Nick Benitz. The bad luck he'd experienced a couple of years before followed him back to the small screen, with the show pulled from airing midway through the first season.

Unfortunately this streak of bad luck would strike a third time three years later. Oliver appeared in the sequel to Without a Paddle, Nature's Calling, which received another set of negative reviews. 

In the following years Oliver's acting career would slow down before coming to an end with 2012's Dark Matters: Twisted But True, in which he starred in two episodes. Oliver has yet to return to acting.

Where is Oliver James now?

Oliver is still based in the UK, but it appears he has left behind his acting and music career for good. Oliver returned to music full time after closing the door on acting, playing shows around London in 2013. 

These days he is a full time mindfulness-based psychotherapist, and can be found on Twitter sharing his views on personal growth, love and the treatment of animals.

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