James' passion for acting emanated back in high school, where he participated in musicals and drama programs throughout his time at Monbulk College. Completing VCE Theatre Studies, James was compelled to turn his love of acting into a career.
James spent five years as a series regular on the popular Australian series Neighbours, where he played Chris Pappas—the shows first ongoing male gay character in its now 35 year history.
His portrayal of Chris earned him a nomination at the 2012 TV Week Logie Awards, for 'Most Popular New Talent.'
Awards to James' name include a Soap Extra Award in 2014 for 'Most Topical Storyline,' which saw his Neighbours character, Chris, the victim of a brutal coward punch.
In the same year, James picked up the award on behalf on Neighbours for their win for 'Best Daytime Soap' at the Inside Soap Awards whilst in London.
More recent productions James has appeared in include Playing For Keeps (Network Ten Series), Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (Seven Network Series) and The Slaughterhouse Killer (feature), in all of which he played principle roles.
James also has a love for the stage, appearing in productions such as Flame Trees, written by Wayne Tunks, and more recently, Last Call, by Bill Ten Eyck and Christine Sinclair—which was performed at La Mama Theatre.
As well as acting, James' interest lie in other aspects of filmmaking—Producing and directing his first short film Someone Else in 2014, on behalf of his production company Standing Man.
The short had its international premiere at San Diego Film Festival and is now available to view online.
The company are set to complete their second and third shorts, M.A.N.S. and One With The Lot, in 2020.
James has written, produced, directed and starred in a trilogy of commercials for eiengineering, which have had airtime on the WIN Network, around Australia.
In late 2015, James was fortunate enough to journey to Iceland, where he hosted a travel documentary called Budget Backpacker, produced by New York based production company, Urban Fiasco. While there, the group toured the south coast of the island, documenting ways to travel cheaply without diminishing the experience.
James has studied extensively with some of the world's best acting coaches, including Howard Fine and David Coury—two of Hollywood's most acknowledged teachers.
The Slaughterhouse Killer feature
Directed by Sam Curtain
Produced by Stud Ranch Productions
Ford Moves Your Business television commercial
Directed by Ed McGill
Produced by Guilty
I am Batman short
Bruce Wayne lead
Directed by Rama Nicholas
Produced by Meanwhile Media
36 Questions feature
Directed by Janis Coffey
Produced by Six Degree Films
Playing for Keeps television series
Jack Davies principle cast
Directed by Sian Davies
Showcased on Network Ten
Produced by Screentime Productions
Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries television series
Eric Wild guest
Directed by Fiona Banks & Kevin Carlin
Showcased on Seven Network
Produced by Every Cloud Productions
eiengineering television commercials
Directed by James Mason
Showcased on WIN Network
Produced by Standing Man
2009 - 2015
Neighbours television series
Chris Pappas principle cast
Showcased on Network Ten
Produced by FremantleMedia Australia