Lennie James

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Lennie James

Born

10/11/1965, London, England

Birth Name

Lennie James

Gender

Male
9.1
out of 10
User Rating
109 votes

Biography

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Lennie James was born in South London to Trinidadian parents. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He wrote an episode for the British TV show The Bill, in 1990.

    • Upon arriving to Los Angeles early 2006, he gave himself three months to get an acting gig. In three weeks he was offered two.

    • After graduating in the late '80s instead of forming an full time acting career he got a "proper job" in a government social security company. He still spent the rest of his days acting.

    • His acting career started when he went to an out of town audition with a girl because he wanted didn't want someone else to win her over. The only way to get into the room was to audition so he did. Lennie got the part, but his girlfriend did not.

    • Lennie narrated the two-part series on Operation Trident, Guns On Our Streets, and also fronted and narrated an omnibus documentary on Nigerian Art.

    • Lennie's seamless, velvety tones adapt to English, Caribbean & African accents.

    • Lennie landed his role on Jericho after his first audition.

    • Before he became interested in plays Lennie had his mind set on a career as a rugby player.

    • Lennie wrote the play The Sons of Charlie Paora. This was performed at London's Royal Court Theater.

    • His first television appearance was in the 1991 show The Orchid House.

    • In 2001 the show Storm Damage was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award in which he wrote for and played the character Bonaface.

    • Lennie has three daughters: Romy, and twins Celine and Georgia, from his long term partner Giselle Glasman.

    • Lennie can run up to 4.3 miles and bench 325 lbs.

    • Lennie has appeared in well over 20 films. The most recent include Snatch, 24 Hour Party People, and Sahara.

    • Lennie was fostered when he was 16 years old.

    • Lennie's mother passed away when he was just 12 years old.

    • Lennie graduated from Guilhall School of Music and Drama in 1988.

  • Quotes

    • Lennie James: I'm pretty much a London boy, and it was a big enough city to try and conquer. I wanted to make movies obviously, but to come over here where there's so many people trying to do the same thing slightly frightened me.

    • Lennie James: (To the fans of Jericho) The only thing I'd like to say to the viewers is, regardless of, and I know viewing figures and all of that kind of stuff is important over here and helps make decisions, but one of the things that has certainly been in Jericho's favor is that regardless of what is on the other channels, there is a very strong, core audience that watch us every single week, and I'd just like to say thank you very much to those members of the audience who continue to watch us, and talk about us on the blogs, and come to CBS.com to find out about us and download the shows, because they make a huge kind of difference and say thank you for their loyalty, really.

    • Lennie James: I enjoy inviting audiences into the mind of my characters as much as into their stories. Even now, having this conversation, we know there's a million things that I'm not saying and it's the 'not saying' that is part of the journey.

    • Skeet Ulrich: (On James' character) I think we have similar rhythms and understandings and it's very natural working with him. It's clear when you're doing scenes with him that he has a point of view as to what the scene is really about for him and with the character.

    • Lennie James: (On his character in Jericho) It's like doing a Rubik's Cube where you have to put all your squares in the right position before they will all fit, and sometimes you have to move them out of order to be able to work them back in. That's how you do the cube. That's kind of how Hawkins' mind works.

    • Carol Barbee: (Jericho's execute producer on Lennie's role as Robert Hawkins) Lennie is a great dramatic actor, but he's also very funny and very friendly, and he has all of those facets to him that make him a great con man and we needed a great con man.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The suprise star of Jericho, playing Robert Hawkins.

    9.8
    Best actor to come out of the UK in quite some time. Lennie has a regular guy feel and doesnt seem like just an actor playing a role. While Skeet Ulrich and Gerald McRaney were supposed to be the stars of Jericho, Lennie has taken over the show and is by far my favorite character, the mysterious Robert Hawkins, who played some role in the nuclear terrorist attack that crippled America on Jericho. Who is he? Undercover CIA agent? Terrorist collaborator? Bad guy turned good? His story line rivals that of a Tom Clancy novel. His character even has a web based series tied to each episode on whodroppedthebomb.com called COUNTDOWN that tells the story of how he became involved with the terrorist plot to bomb America.



    Hopefully Jericho goes on for a number of years and Lennie James gets the attention he deserves here in America.moreless
  • Lennie James has really stepped into this role and my hat is off to him.

    10
    I have not previewed Mr. James prior to Jericho and this is the first show I have seen him in unless he was in something that I dont remember. All I can say is that he brings to the series Jericho a breath of fresh air. He seems to work in the perfectly adding a great shady element to this new series. I am sure as the show continues he will raise to new heights in the movie world. He has truely nailed this character role and I look forward to seeing him in future projects, as long as he doesn't leave Jericho too soon.moreless
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