Theo James is a British actor, singer, and model. He gained widespread fame when he was cast in the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel franchise, Divergent, a movie set in a dystopian future. Since then, James has had an impressive career, and fans have seen him evolve as an actor.
More so, he has taken to producing and directing projects. James runs a production company called Untapped alongside Andrew D. Corkin of Uncorked Productions. Some of his credits as a producer include Backstabbing for Beginners, Sandition, Lying and Stealing, and a 2020 movie titled Archive.
Theo James’ Role in Divergent Launched Him into the Limelight
Theo James’ breakthrough role came in 2014 when he received the role of Tobias ‘Four’ Eaton in the dystopian future movie, Divergent.
The movie was a resounding success, and James got to reprise the role in the second and third movies in the franchise; 2015’s Insurgent and 2016’s Allegiant.
For his incredible performance in the movie series, he won several awards and nominations including Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Action and Choice Movie Breakout Star, People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Duo (with Shailene Woodley), and 2 Young Hollywood Awards nominations amongst several others.
“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” Is One of His Successful Films
Theo James made his movie debut in the 2010 comedy directed by Woody Allen. He played Roy Richards in the movie and even though it wasn’t much of a major role, it is interesting to know that at the time he received the role, he was still in his final year in acting school. This implies that Theo had lots of potentials even from the start of his career.
Moreover, the movie was a success in the box office and critically. He also got to be in the 2011 comedy movie, The Inbetweeners Movie. Since then, Theo James has pulled a substantial number of television and movie credits under his name. He appeared in 2012 movies like The Domino Effect, and Underworld: Awakening.
In the latter, he played David and starred alongside fellow British film star, Kate Beckinsale. He was also seen as Detective Walter William Clark Jr. in the American crime-drama, Golden Boy, which aired for just one season.
Theo James’ First Lead Role Was in The Horror Series, “Bedlam”
Theo James is very aware of his looks and doesn’t mind using it to his advantage. He has been sincere enough to admit that he knows he often gets roles because of his looks.
During the early days of his acting career, Theo got his first leading role when he was cast as Jed Harper in the 2011 Sky Living horror series, Bedlam. His character possesses the ability to see ghosts and receive visions of their deaths.
The series aired for 2 seasons before it was announced in March 2013 that it won’t be returning for a third season. Even though it was short-lived, James made the best of it.
Before this, he played several small roles which include two episodes of the BBC One mini-series, A Passionate Woman (2010). He starred in the series opposite English actress Billie Piper. He also got to appear in an episode of the fabled ITV historical drama series, Downtown Abbey. His exceptional performances at that time made him a recipient of Screen International’s Star of Tomorrow, a title given to upcoming actors with a lot of potentials.
The thriving British actor was also cast in the 2018 action thriller film, How It Ends, which was directed by David M. Rosenthal. It stars Theo James in the lead role alongside Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham, Mark O’Brien, and Grace Dove.
Even though the movie didn’t receive many positive reviews from critics, Theo has received lots of praise for his performance in the film. More so, he is a part of other recent films like Backstabbing for Beginners (2018), Lying and Stealing (2019), and Archive (2020) among others.
The Actor Is Married to Irish Actress Ruth Kearney
Showbiz couples are admired for several reasons. They are talented, successful, and provide fans with quality entertainment together or in their respective career. According to reports, Theo James has been with Irish actress Ruth Kearney since 2009. They met each other when they were still students of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and have been together since then.
Even though rumors circulated that Theo James was in a relationship with Divergent co-star Shailene Woodley; due to their incredible chemistry on screen, the romance never went beyond the big screen.
James and Kearney also put an end to the rumors and speculations after they exchanged their marital vows on August 25th, 2018, at the Islington Town Hall. They share pictures of one another on their social media pages but are still very protective of their privacy and relationship.
Ruth Kearney Also Has a Successful Acting Career
As an actress, Ruth Kearney is popular for playing Jess Parker in Primeval, Daisy in The Following, and London in the Netflix series titled Flaked. Prior to coming into the spotlight, Ruth studied Drama and Classics at Trinity College, Dublin, where she graduated with honors before proceeding to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
She began her career in theatre with performances in productions like Othello, Three Sisters, Oh! What a Lovely War!, On the Razzle, and Man of Mode where she acted alongside Antonia Thomas and Theo James. Her experience on stage is credited for the depths she has as a screen actress.
On a personal note, the beautiful wife of Theo James is known to have a kind and warm personality, she has explained that fame was never her motive for being in the industry. She does not go for jobs to be well known, rather, she is hopeful that they will lead her to more intriguing roles to explore her potentials as an actress.
As you would easily find, the actress was born to Irish parents in London, England, on the 11th of November 1984. Her family relocated to Dublin, Ireland when she was five years old and Ruth did most of her schooling there.