Acting CV




Star Boy. (Rabbi). Short. 2018

City Slacker. (Billy ‘Walnuts’ Cargill). Feature Film. 2012 (Best Film Nomination, Raindance, BIFAs)
Red Mercury. (DCI Evans). Feature Film. 2005
The Affair of the Necklace. (Darnell de Valois). Feature Film. 2001 (Oscar)
RPM. (Jonquil) Feature Film. 1998
Henry V. (Duke of Bedford). Feature Film. 1989
The Government Inspector (Tony Blair). TV Film. 2005 (4 BAFTAs)
Colour Blind. (Stanhope). TV Film. 1998



McMafia. BBC. Dir: James Watkins. 2017
Black Mirror. Netflix. Dir: James Hawes. 2016
Wolf Hall. (Master Treasurer Fitzwilliam) BBC. Dir: Peter Kosminsky. 2015 (8 Emmy Nominations)
Doctors. (Harrison Kellor). BBC 1. 2011 (Soap Award)
Silent Witness. BBC 1. 2011
The Bill (Keith Shipley) ITV. 2010
EastEnders (Dylan) BBC 1. 2006
A Touch of Frost (Paul Meyer). ITV. 2005
Roman Road. (Paul Seed). Zenith. 2004
Waking the Dead (Dr Matt Carney). BBC 1. 2004
Casualty. BBC 1. 2003
In Deep. (Neil Quinn) Valentine Production. 2001
Glasgow Kiss (Nick) Ecosse Fims. 1999
Maigret (Inspector Lapointe) Granada. ITV. 2001


The Browning Version. (Hunter). Greenwich Theatre. 1994
Translations. (Lt Yolland) Donmar Warehouse, Sam Mendes. 1993
King Lear. Oswald. Renaissance Theatre Company, Kenneth Branagh. 1991
Life’s a Dream. (Segismundo). West Yorkshire Playhouse, Matthew Warchus. 1991
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Lysander). Renaissance Theatre Company, Kenneth Branagh. 1990
Othello. (Cassio). Greenwich Theatre. 1990
As You Like It. (Orlando). Renaissance Theatre Company, Geraldine McKewan. 1989
Hamlet. (Fortinbras) Renaissance Theatre Company, Derek Jacobi. 1989
Much Ado About Nothing. (Claudio). Renaissance Theatre Company, Dame Judi Dench. 1989


Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, Acting

James also runs single camera directing courses at the BBC and teaches acting for camera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


Reviews for theatre

Life’s a Dream

“Thrillingly believable as played by James Larkin, rebounding between extremes of ferocity and impotence, finally shuddering into full membership of the human race… James Larkin is thrilling as the hate crazed king”. Independent on Sunday
“James Larkin was the romantically curly haired Orlando of Renaissance Theatre Company’s As You Like It. Here he is a crop haired ferret faced fury. Big emotional guns aside, the actor has the intensity and intelligence to keep the intellectual threads untangled. Larkin must try his princely ponderings in Elsinore”. The Times

“James Larkin demonstrates an extraordinary depth of talent”. Yorkshire Post


“A brilliantly quixotic performance from James Larkin”. The Telegraph


“James Larkin is as wide eyed and excitable as a package tourist in Eden”. The Times
“I took the distinguished director Bruce Beresford to Translations, and he turned to me with ‘That may be the best love scene I’ve ever witnessed.’ It is certainly one of the greatest love scenes ever written, and when acted this well, unforgettable… as the speech crossed lovers, the sweetly ebullient James Larkin and the lyrically lovely Zara Turner are heartrending” John Simon, New York.
Much Ado about Nothing

“James Larkin’s superlative Claudio”. The Guardian


“…James Larkin’s excellently naïve and righteous Cassio”.