James Callis
James Callis
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James Callis as Gaius Baltar

Born on June 4, 1971 in London, United Kingdom, James Callis studied at Harrow School, and pursued his tertiary education at the University of York. He majored in English and Related Literature and also spent his time acting, directing and writing. His friends at Cambridge University came out with their own production of The Birthday Party, wherein Callis appeared. He acquired his degree from York in 1993.

After his graduation, Callis enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He completed his training in 1996. In the same year, he received the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his work in Jon Marans’ Old Wicked Songs and made his television debut on a series called Murder Most Horrid. His subsequent television projects include Soldier Soldier, A Dance to the Music of Time, Heat of the Sun, Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Sex, Chips & Rock n’ Roll, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Arabian Nights, Jason and the Argonauts, As If, Victoria and Albert, Relic Hunter, Blue Dove and Helen of Troy.

On the big screen, he acted alongside Academy Award winner Renee Zelwegger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in the films, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. His additional movie credits include Surety (for which he was also credited as the writer) Weekend Bird, Beginner’s Luck (for which he was also credited as director and writer), Dead Cool and One Night With the King.

Currently, Callis is most known for his portrayal of Dr. Gaius Baltar on the re-imagined television series, Battlestar Galactica. His performance has earned him a 2006 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television. When asked by Galacticabbs.com what his character’s fate on the show might be, Callis answered, “He’s going to die, I imagine…Yeah, he has to. He has to die sooner or later. You can’t avoid that, and I don’t know how much longer you can avoid it. It was Tom Stoppard who said, and he was talking about tragedy, ‘The good end unluckily. The bad end unhappily.’ I would imagine that Baltar’s end is going to be pretty unhappy.”

He and his wife Neha, live in London with their two sons, Joshua and Sacha. His other interests include writing music and playing the piano and guitar.