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James Bolam is a Actor British born on 16 june 1935 at Sunderland (United-kingdom)

James Bolam

James Bolam
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Birth name James Christopher Bolam
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 16 june 1935 (87 years) at Sunderland (United-kingdom)
Awards Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

James Christopher Bolam, MBE (born 16 June 1935) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Jack Ford in When the Boat Comes In, Trevor Chaplin in The Beiderbecke Trilogy, Terry Collier in The Likely Lads and its sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Roy Figgis in Only When I Laugh, Dr Arthur Gilder in Born and Bred, Jack Halford in New Tricks and the title character of Grandpa in the children's BBC programme Grandpa in My Pocket.


James Bolam lives in Wisborough Green near Billingshurst, West Sussex and Chiswick, London with his wife, the actress Susan Jameson (who co-starred with him in the TV series When the Boat Comes In, New Tricks, 'Close and True' and Grandpa in My Pocket). They have a daughter, Lucy, and two grandchildren.

Bolam has appeared in a video protesting against oil drilling near the village of Wisborough Green in West Sussex.

Best films

The End of the Affair (1999)

Usually with

Tom Bell
Tom Bell
(4 films)
Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1 films)
Dick Clement
Dick Clement
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of James Bolam (25 films)

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To Kill a King, 1h42
Directed by Mike Barker, Mike Barker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, James Bolam, Rupert Everett, Corin Redgrave
Roles Denzil Holles
Rating61% 3.097643.097643.097643.097643.09764
At the end of the English Civil War, Sir Thomas Fairfax (Dougray Scott) celebrates the Parliamentarian victory over the royalist Cavaliers with his colleague and fellow commander, Oliver Cromwell (Tim Roth). Meanwhile, King Charles I (Rupert Everett), who has been captured and is held prisoner by the victors, tries to appeal to Fairfax's wife, Lady Anne (Olivia Williams). Soon, the trial of the king takes place, and Cromwell & Fairfax disagree over what to do, and from there, tensions rise.
It Was an Accident
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Max Beesley, James Bolam, Nicola Stapleton, Neil Dudgeon, Hugh Quarshie
Roles Vernon Fitch
Rating58% 2.909392.909392.909392.909392.90939
A sa sortie de prison, Nicky, un petit escroc londonien, est bien décidé à revenir sur le droit chemin. Il est aidé en cela par son fils, Danny, et par la jolie Noreen, fille d'un policier. Mais Nicky ne tarde pas à croiser la route d'individus peu recommandables qui le feront replonger dans l'univers du crime.
The End of the Affair, 1h50
Directed by Neil Jordan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, Political films
Actors Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea, Ian Hart, Jason Isaacs, James Bolam
Roles Mr. Savage
Rating69% 3.4980453.4980453.4980453.4980453.498045
Novelist Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes) narrates the film as he begins a book with the line "This is a diary of hate."
Stella Does Tricks, 1h37
Directed by Coky Giedroyc
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families, Feminist films, Films about sexuality, Films about prostitution, Political films
Actors Kelly Macdonald, Andy Serkis, James Bolam, Hans Matheson, Ewan Stewart, Shaun Williamson
Roles Mr. Peters
Rating62% 3.147183.147183.147183.147183.14718
Stella is one of a number of young prostitutes working for the pimp Mr. Peters in London, having run away from her Glasgow home where she was sexually abused by her father, a stand-up comedian. She tries to get away from Peters and becomes involved with Eddie, a heroin addict, before taking her revenge on Peters and her father.
The Island on Bird Street, 1h47
Directed by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, War
Themes Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Patrick Bergin, Jack Warden, Suzanna Hamilton, James Bolam, Lee Ross, Michael Byrne
Roles Doctor Studjinsky
Rating70% 3.542713.542713.542713.542713.54271
Dans le ghetto de Varsovie, Alex, onze ans, vit en compagnie de son père, Stefan, de son grand-oncle Boruch et d'une souris blanche: Neige. Quand la réalité devient trop dure, il se plonge dans «les Aventures de Robinson Crusoë». Lorsque les nazis décident de vider le ghetto de tous ses habitants, Alex parvient avec l'aide de son grand-oncle à leur échapper. Son père, Stefan, lui fait promettre d'attendre coûte que coûte leur retour. Livré à lui-même, Alex se construira une cachette au dernier étage d'un immeuble en ruines et observera la vie en dehors du ghetto.
Stella Does Tricks, 1h37
Directed by Coky Giedroyc
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Kelly Macdonald, Andy Serkis, Hans Matheson, James Bolam, Ewan Stewart, Shaun Williamson
Roles Mr. Peters
Rating62% 3.147183.147183.147183.147183.14718
Stella, une jeune prostituée écossaire vivant à Londres, travaille sous le joug de Mr Peters. Hantée par son passé et les abus qu'elle a pu subir de la part de son père et sa tante, elle va toutefois tenter de trouver l'amour et de gagner sa liberté.
Clockwork Mice
Directed by Vadim Jean
Genres Drama
Actors Ian Hart, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Catherine Russell, Art Malik, John Alderton, James Bolam
Roles Wackey
Rating62% 3.14553.14553.14553.14553.1455
A teacher manages to bond with a special needs student.
The Plague Dogs, 1h43
Directed by Martin Rosen
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about dogs, Political films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin, James Bolam, Nigel Hawthorne, Warren Mitchell, Bernard Hepton
Roles The Tod (voice)
Rating76% 3.8496453.8496453.8496453.8496453.849645
Rowf (a Labrador-mix) and Snitter (a smooth fox terrier) are two of many dogs used for experimental purposes at an animal research facility in the Lake District of north-western England. Snitter has had his brain experimented upon while Rowf has been drowned and resuscitated repeatedly. One evening, Snitter squeezes under his cage and into Rowf's, where they discover his cage is unlatched. Eager to escape the tortures of life inside the facility, they explore, knocking over other cages and finally sneaking into the incinerator, where they are nearly killed before escaping.
The Likely Lads, 1h30
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, Mary Tamm, Sheila Fearn, Anulka Dziubinska
Roles Terry
Rating65% 3.2957053.2957053.2957053.2957053.295705
An opening pre-credits sequence shows the conception of both Lads during a World War II Air raid. After the opening titles the film cuts to Bob and Terry, both aged about thirty, playing football with some boys.
In Celebration, 2h11
Directed by Lindsay Anderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Alan Bates, Bill Owen, Brian Cox, James Bolam
Roles Colin Shaw
Rating69% 3.4778153.4778153.4778153.4778153.477815
The film stars Alan Bates (recreating his stage role) and takes place in a Yorkshire mining town. The Shaws (Bill Owen, Constance Chapman) are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and their three sons have come up for a night out at an expensive restaurant. Mr. Shaw is a coal miner of 49 years, who married a woman from a higher social level (Constance Chapman). Mr. Shaw has only one year left until retirement. Mrs. Shaw urged her sons to abandon their father’s mining heritage in pursuit of corporate careers, but the results have not been positive. Andy (Bates), the oldest, became an attorney, but abandoned the work to pursue painting. Colin (James Bolam) was a former Communist party member, who has come to enjoy material (but not emotional) success as a labour negotiator for an automobile company. The youngest brother Steven (Brian Cox) is a teacher, married with four children of his own, who is writing a book, but has not produced any notable published works. The film examines the tensions which develop as the family reunite over the course of one evening. During the family gathering, the parents and their sons recall unpleasant past incidents, including the death of another brother, the mother’s suicide attempt, and the outing of one son as a homosexual.
O Lucky Man!, 3h3
Directed by Lindsay Anderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Musical
Actors Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, Helen Mirren, Graham Crowden
Roles Attenborough/Examination Doctor
Rating75% 3.795663.795663.795663.795663.79566
The film opens with a short fragment outside the plot but clearly related on repeated viewings. Grainy, black-and-white, and silent, a title "Once Upon a Time" leads to Latino labourers picking coffee beans while armed foremen push rudely between them. One worker (McDowell with black hair and moustache) pockets a few beans ("Coffee for the Breakfast Table") but is seen by a foreman. He is next seen before a fat Caucasian magistrate who loses some saliva as he removes his cigar only to say "Guilty." The foreman pulls his machete and lays it across the unfortunate laborer's wrists, bound to a wooden block, revealing that he is to lose his hands for the theft of a few beans. The machete lifts, descends, and we see McDowell draw back in a silent scream. The scene blacks out, the word NOW appears onscreen and expands quickly to fill it.