After graduating from Birmingham University with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Arts James studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, gaining a Post Graduate Degree in Theatre Design.

With a career starting in theatre, early works include operas for Ken Russell at the English National Opera and Bonn Opera House. This collaboration proved a springboard for James’ move into television and film beginning with his design of Ken Russell’s “Lady Chatterley” for the BBC.

Awards & Nominations

Little Dorrit
Winner – Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie 2009
Nominee – BAFTA Award for Best Production Design 2009

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Nominee – BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, 2001

Final Portrait
Nominee – British Independent Film Award for Design 2017

Mary Queen of Scots
Winner – BFDG Best Production Design Award 2019
Winner – Odyssey Best Production & Costume Design Award 2019