Wilby, James 1958–

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WILBY, James 1958–


Born February 20, 1958, in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar); father, a corporate executive; married Shana Louise Magraw; children: Barnaby John Loxley, Florence Hannah Mary, Nathaniel Jerome. Education: Attended University of Durham; studied acting at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, 1983.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actor.

Awards, Honors: Tied for Volpi Cup, Venice International Film Festival, best actor, 1987, for Maurice; Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, and Online Film Critics Society Award, all 2001, and Screen Actors Guild Award, 2002, all best ensemble performance (with others), for Gosford Park.


Film Appearances:

Jamie, Privileged, New Yorker, 1982.

Baker, Dreamchild, Universal, 1985.

Dundine, Dutch Girls, 1985.

(Uncredited) Second party guest, A Room with a View, Cinecom, 1986.

Maurice Hall (title role), Maurice, Cinecom, 1987.

Mr. Ashton, A Summer Story, Atlantic, 1988.

Tony Last, A Handful of Dust, New Line Cinema, 1988.

Stringer, Conspiracy, 1990.

L'assedio di Venezia (also known as The Siege of Venice, Widow Hunt, Caccia alla vedova, Le diable a quatre, and Osada Venetsij), 1991.

Alistair, Immaculate Conception, 1992.

Charles Wilcox, Howards End, Sony Pictures Classics, 1992.

Lord Staunton, The Chess Game (also known as La partie d'echecs), 1994.

Second lieutenant Siegfried Sassoon, Regeneration (also known as Behind the Lines and Renaissance), Alliance Releasing, 1997.

Sir Robert Chiltern, An Ideal Husband, 1998.

Uncle Alan Kitson, Tom's Midnight Garden, Hyperion Productions, 1999.

John Macintosh, Cotton Mary, Artistic License, 2000.

Freddie Nesbitt, Gosford Park, USA Films, 2001.

Nathan, Jump Tomorrow (also known as Life: A User's Manual), IFC Films, 2001.

Edward Thomas, De–lovely, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Sidney Carton, A Tale of Two Cities, Granada Television, c. 1989 also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1989.

Ade Lynn, Crocodile Shoes, BBC, 1994.

Gerard Etienne, Original Sin, Independent Television, 1996, also broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1997.

James McCready, Trial & Retribution, Independent Television, 2000.

Zippo Montefiore, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, BBC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Kit, Mother Love, BBC, 1989, also broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1990.

Arthur Donnithorne, Adam Bede, BBC, 1991, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1992.

Charles Henderson, You, Me + It, BBC, 1993.

Sir Percival Glyde, The Woman in White, BBC and Carlton Television, c. 1997 also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1997.

Senator James Dorr, Island at War, Independent Television, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Michael Evans, Tell Me That You Love Me, BBC, 1991.

Sir Clifford Chatterley, Lady Chatterley, BBC, 1993.

Helmuth James von Moltke, Witness against Hitler, BBC, 1996.

Henry Carlisle, Treasure Seekers, Carlton Television, 1996.

Dr. Alan Protheroe, The Dark Room, BBC, 1999.

King George VI (Bertie), Bertie and Elizabeth, Carlton Television, 2002, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 2002.

Stephen Farraday, Sparkling Cyanide, Independent Television, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Higgins, "A Friend in Need," The Bill, Thames Television, 1984.

Young James Barclay, "The Crooked Man," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Granada Television, 1984.

Prince, "Sapsorrow," The Storyteller (also known as Jim Henson's The Storyteller), Channel 4 (England) and Television South, 1987.

Nick, "Horror in the Night," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's Tales from the Crypt), HBO, 1996.

Voice, "Victoria and Her Sisters," A History of Britain, [Great Britain] and History Channel, 2002.

Daniel Morton/Sir Richard Morton, "Echoes," Murder in Mind, BBC, 2003.

Guest, This Morning, Independent Television, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Another Country, London production, 1983.

The Common Pursuit, British production, 1988.

A Patriot for Me, Barbican Theatre, London, 1995.

Also appeared in As You Like It, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England; Chips with Everything, Leeds Playhouse, Leeds, England; Jane Eyre, Chichester, England; and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, England.

Major Tours:

Toured in As You Like It, British cities.


Music Videos:

"Uptown Girl," by Westlife, 2001.



Premiere (Great Britain), December, 1997, p. 28.

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