A Gentleman from the bush, James was raised on a farm in North Queensland. There he learned everything from riding horses and motorbikes to whip cracking, shooting rifles and fixing machinery. His father owns a fireworks company and his first show was in the ensemble for the Townsville-based TheatreiNQ's production of Richard III. An avid swashbuckler, last year he completed his specialisation stage combat qualifications with Andy Fraser and SADFi (Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc.). A hearty chuckler, he also partakes in the off stand-up comedy gig, or performing in shows for Just Improvise.