British actor James Murray was born in Manchester on January 22, 1975. His first appearance was as a child, in the 1979 television series Shoestring. His next appearance was in several episodes of the soap opera Coronation Street in 1998, which made him familiar to audiences as an adult. He then made appearances in several television programs, such as Always and Everyone, Peak Practice, Other People’s Children, North Square and Monarch of the Glen. He also made his film debut, with the 1999 film All The King’s Men. This was followed by the film Kevin & Perry Go Large, released in 2000; Phoenix Blue, released in 2001; and Nailing Vienna, released in 2002.
In 2003, he appeared in 20 Things to Do Before You’re 30. The next year, he appeared in 12 episodes of the BBC program Cutting It. It was through this program where he met his current wife Sarah Parish. He also appeared in the television movies Sons & Lovers, Under the Greenwood Tree and Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Sittaford Mystery.
In 2007, he starred in the science fiction series Primeval. He plays the role of Stephen Hart, the lab assistant of Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) who is passionate for conserving the environment. His relationship with Cutter became close when he saved his life at one point. He has also acted as the love interest of Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt). Often used as the “punching bag” of the series because he is often injured in fight scenes, he was killed off at the end of the second series, which aired in 2008, and despite rumors, he will not be coming back to the third series, which is slated for launch in 2009.
He also filmed the horror film It’s Alive, based on a screenplay by Larry Cohen and Paul Sopocy, and starring Bijou Phillips and Raphael Coleman. Later on, he got the role of Billy Collins in the 2011 CBS drama Chaos.
- He married Sarah Parish on December 15, 2007. They had one daughter, Ella-Jayne Murray, who died in January 2009.
- His great-grandfather Richard Hollins Murray was the inventor of the reflective lens.
2011: Chaos (TV series) - Billy Collins
2009: Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (TV series) - Ralph Longshaft/Longshaft
2008: It's Alive - Frank Davis
200-2008: Primeval (TV series) - Stephen Hart
2006: Air Emergency (TV series documentary) - Steward
2006: Agatha Christie Marple: The Sittaford Mystery (TV movie) - Charles Burnaby
2005: Under the Greenwood Tree (TV movie) - Dick Dewy
2004-2005: Cutting It (TV series) - Liam Carney
2003: Keen Eddie (TV series) - Colin Kinney
2003: 20 Things to Do Before You're 30 (TV series) - Glen
2003: Sons & Lovers (TV movie) - William Morel
2002: Always and Everyone (TV series) - Dr. Danny Barton
2002: Clocking Off (TV series) - Mark Talbot
2002: Nailing Vienna - Peter
2001: Monarch of the Glen (TV series) - Jeff Ramsden
2001: Phoenix Blue - Rick
2000: North Square (TV series) - Johnny Boy
2000: Other People's Children (TV series) - Lucas
2000: Kevin & Perry Go Large - Candice's Adonis
2000: Peak Practice (TV series) - Marcus Johnson
1999: All the King's Men (TV movie) - Pvt. Will Needham
1999: Roger Roger (TV series) - Jason the gardener
1998: Coronation Street (TV series) - Sandy Hunter
1995: Doctor Finlay (TV series) - Gordon
1979: Shoestring (TV series) - Charlie