Bolam, James 1938–

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Bolam, James 1938–


Born June 16, 1938, in Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England; son of Robert Alfred and Marion Alice (maiden name, Drury) Bolam; married Susan Jameson (an actress). Education: Attended school in Sunderland and Derby, England. Avocational Interests: Horses.

Career: Actor. Appeared in television commercials for Young's Chip Shop, 2003, 2004, 2005.

Awards, Honors: Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1977, 1978, both for When the Boat Comes In.


Film Appearances:

Michael, The Kitchen, 1961.

Mike, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (also known as Rebel with a Cause), British Lion, 1962.

Jeff, A Kind of Loving, Governor, 1962.

(Uncredited) Midshipman, Damn the Defiant! (also known as H.M.S. Defiant and HMS Defiant), Columbia, 1962.

Bill Hanson, Murder Most Foul (also known as Agatha Christie's "Murder Most Foul"), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964.

Mr. Jones, Half a Sixpence, Paramount, 1968.

Albert, Otley, Columbia, 1969.

Jack Davies, Crucible of Terror (also known as Unholy Terror), Glendale, 1971.

Joey, Straight on til Morning (also known as Dressed for Death, The Victim, and Til Dawn Do Us Part), Hammer Films, 1972.

Attenborough and doctor, O Lucky Man!, Warner Bros., 1973.

Colin Shaw, In Celebration, AFT Distributing, 1975.

Terry Collier, The Likely Lads, EMI Films, 1976.

Richard Lewis, The Unorganized Manager, Part One: Damnation (documentary short), 1977.

Richard Lewis, The Unorganized Manager, Part Two: Salvation (documentary short), 1977.

Richard Lewis, The Unorganized Manager, Part Three: Lamentations (documentary short), 1977.

Richard Lewis, The Unorganized Manager, Part Four: Revelations (documentary short), 1977.

Voice of the Tod, The Plague Dogs, Nepenthe Productions, 1982.

Al-Mas' Ala Al-Kubra (also known as Clash of Loyalties), 1983.

Merlin, Seaview Knights, Stranger Than Fiction, 1994.

Wacky, Clockwork Mice, Metrodome Films, 1995.

Mr. Peters, Stella Does Tricks, Strand Releasing, 1997.

The Barber, 1997.

Mr. Savage, The End of the Affair, 1999.

Fitch, It Was an Accident, Pathe, 2000.

Denzil Holles, To Kill a King, HanWay Films, 2003.

Also appeared in The Great Question.

Television Appearances; Series:

Terry Collier, The Likely Lads, BBC, 1965–69.

Inheritance, Granada, 1967.

Terry Collier, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, BBC, 1973.

Jack Ford, When the Boat Comes In, BBC, 1975–77.

Roy Figgis, Only When I Laugh, Yorkshire Television, 1979–83.

Nesbitt Gunn, Room at the Bottom, Yorkshire Television, 1986.

Trevor Chaplin, The Beiderbecke Tapes, Yorkshire Television, 1987.

Trevor Chaplin, The Beiderbecke Connection, Yorkshire Television, 1988.

Title role, Andy Capp, Thames Television, 1988.

Bill, Second Thoughts, London Weekend Television, 1991–94.

Voice, A History of Britain, BBC and History Channel, 2000.

Graham True, Close & True, ITV, 2000.

Sydney Street, Pay and Display, ITV, 2000.

Dr. Arthur Gilder, Born and Bred, BBC and PBS, 2002–2004.

Jack Halford, New Tricks, BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Trevor Chaplin, The Beiderbecke Affair, Yorkshire Television, 1984.

Nat Oliver, Have Your Cake and Eat It, 1997.

Clive Peacock, The Missing Postman, BBC, 1997.

Narrator, Football Diaries (documentary), BBC, 2004.

Mr. Crump, He Knew He Was Right, BBC and PBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Frank Lambert, The Four Seasons of Rosie Carr, BBC, 1964.

Helmut Kranze, The Stalker's Apprentice, 1997.

Dr. Studjinsky, The Island on Bird Street (also known as Oen I fugledgaden and Die Insel in der Vogelstrasse), Showtime, 1998.

Inspector Moss, Dirty Tricks, 2000.

Dr. Harold Shipman, Shipman, ITV, 2002.

Father Leonard Tibbings, Dalziel and Pascoe: Sins of the Father, BBC, 2002.

Detective Superintendent Jack Halford, New Tricks, BBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Roland Maule, Present Laughter (also known as A Choice of Coward No. 1: Present Laughter), Granada, 1964.

Leslie Gaze, Footprints in the Jungle (also known as W. Somerset Maugham: "Footprints in the Jungle"), BBC, 1970.

Mark Omney, The Limbo Connection (also known as Armchair Thriller: The Limbo Connection), Thames and PBS, 1978.

Touchstone, As You Like It (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: As You Like It and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: "As You Like It"), BBC, 1978, then 1979.

Porter, Macbeth (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Macbeth and The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Macbeth), BBC, 1982.

Arthur Frode, The Maze, PBS, 1985.

Ted Whitehead, Eleven Men Against Eleven, Channel 4, 1995.

Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings, BBC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jake Justice, "This Stuff's Thicker Than Water," The Odd Man, Granada, 1963.

Tom Potter, "Supper in the Morning," Z Cars, BBC, 1963.

Jacob Bateson, "The Daughter-in-Law," Cluff (also known as Clough), BBC, 1964.

"The Sufferings of Peter Obiznov," Thirty-Minute Theatre, BBC, 1967.

McHenry, "One, Two, Sky's Blue," Boy Meets Girl, BBC, 1969.

Alan Grove, "I Always Wanted a Swimming Pool," Public Eye, ITV, 1971.

Roberts, "The Case of the Dixon Torpedo," The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, 1971.

Wossname, "Dreaming of Three," Budgie, LWT, 1972.

Wossname, "And the Lord Taketh Away," Budgie, LWT, 1972.

Max Toller, "See No Evil," The Protectors, ITV, 1972.

"Making the Play," Play for Today, BBC1, 1973.

"The Maze," Shades of Darkness, PBS, 1984.

Himself, Aspel & Company, ITV, 1992.

Ronald Pringle, "Death of a Stranger," Midsomer Murders, ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Ronnie, Bedtime, BBC1, 2002.

Billy, "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds," The Afternoon Play, BBC, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Michael, The Kitchen, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1959.

Lord Mayor and Smith, The Happy Haven, Royal Court Theatre, 1960.

Vakov, Platonov, Royal Court Theatre, 1960.

Michael, The Kitchen, Royal Court Theatre, 1961.

Starveling, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Court Theatre, 1961.

The Wakefield Mystery Cycle, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1961.

Tom, The Knack … and How to Get It (also known as The Knack), Royal Court Theatre, 1962.

Tom Midway, Semi-Detached, Saville Theatre, London, 1962.

Attendant, Oedipus Rex (also known as Oedipus the King), Mermaid Theatre, 1965.

Mercury, Four Thousand Brass Halfpennies, Mermaid Theatre, 1965.

Private Meek, Too True to Be Good, Strand Theatre, then Garrick Theatre, both London, 1965.

Evans, Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1966.

Frank More, How's the World Treating You?, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Frank, White Lies, Lyric Theatre, London, 1968.

Brindsley Miller, Black Comedy, Lyric Theatre, 1968.

Colin Shaw, In Celebration, Royal Court Theatre, 1969.

Bamforth, The Long and the Short and the Tall, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, England, 1971.

Robespierre, The Silence of Saint-Just, Gardner Theatre, Brighton, England, 1971.

Trevor Hollingshead, Veterans, Royal Court Theatre, 1972.

The Vicar of Soho, Gardner Theatre, 1972.

Title role, Macbeth, Young Vic Theatre, London, 1975.

Dave, Treats, Royal Court Theatre, 1976.

John Terry, Who Killed "Agatha" Christie?, Ambassadors' Theatre, London, 1978.

Title role, King Lear, Young Vic Theatre, 1981.

Run for Your Life, Criterion Theatre, London, 1983.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Birmingham, England, 1989.

Victory, Chichester, England, 1989.

Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell, Apollo Theatre, London, 1990.

Also appeared in Arms and the Man, Cambridge, England.

Major Tours:

Face, The Alchemist, Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities, 1970.

Trepliov, The Sea Gull (also known as The Seagull), Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities, 1970.

Ben Butley (title role), Butley, British cities, 1973.

Leonard, Time and Time Again, British cities, 1974.

Arms and the Man, British cities, 1980.