Lennie James

  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • After the death of his mother when he was 10, he and his brother chose to live in a children's home in London instead of being sent to America to reside with a relative. He stayed in foster care for eight years. 
  • Aspired to be a professional rugby player as a teen.
  • Was introduced to acting after following a girl he was interested in to an audition for a play.
  • Was once employed by the British government's social security office. 
  • Penned the autobiographical TV film, Storm Damage, in 2000.
  • Wrote the well-received play The Sons of Charlie Paora, which opened in London's Royal Court in 2004.
  • Landed the role of Robert Hawkins on Jericho after his first audition.


  • 2019, BAFTA Television Craft Awards — Best Writer - Drama: Nominee


  • Phyllis Mary James — Mother
  • Giselle Glasman — Significant Other
  • Kester James — Brother
  • Celine — Daughter
  • Georgia — Daughter
  • Romy — Daughter


  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England (1988)