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I am a highly accomplished stage and screen actor with a number of leading parts to my name as well as supporting roles in films such as Scareycrows (2015), Torn (2014), All in the Valley (2014), World War Z (2013), The Wedding Video (2012) and The Sweeney (2012). Theatre work with The Agatha Christie Theatre Company and Bill Kenwright Productions. Tours at The Princess Theatre, The Northcott and Bristol Hippodrome. TV includes E4's Skins (2012), ITV's Wakey! Wakey! (2012), The Discovery Channel's Mermaids: The New Evidence (2013) and the BBC's Kennedy's Suicide Bomber (2013). TV commercials for Haven Holidays. Radio includes The BBC's A Comic Review of the Year (2012). Toured as Reg in Alan Ayckbourn's Round and Round The Garden (2012), Mr Toad in The Adventures of Mr Toad (2013), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (2014), Detective Sergeant Porterhouse in Run For Your Wife (2015), Young Reg Varney in Before the Buses (2016), Squire Creamyclot in Treasure Island (2017) and Sir Francis Walshingham in From Exe to Axe (2018).
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James Cotter was born on 27th February 1990, in Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom. Alumni of The University of Plymouth where he studied TV Production, his first foray into professional acting came on the stage where he made his debut as Mr. Barton in Bill Kenwright number one UK tour of Agatha Christie Witness For The Prosecution at The Princess Theatre Torquay. That same year work on short films across the country became more frequent and alongside his theatre career James became noticed by an agent and taken on to his books, where work on TV shows for Channel 4 and ITV such as Skins (2012) and Wakey Wakey (2012) started to get him seen nationally.
His first supporting feature film role came in the blockbuster World War Z (2013) starring Brad Pitt and he went on to land a film role as Alex in the award winning The Days Inbetween (2012) which came next alongside supporting roles in British feature films The Sweeney (2012) and The Wedding Video (2012). With regular work on screen James embarked on a number of theatrical tours playing leading roles in Jack and the Beanstalk, Round and Round the Garden, Allo! Allo! The Adventures of Mr. Toad and Shakespearian plays: Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. He also showed a musical side appearing in productions of Evita, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, Acorn Antiques: The Musical! And The Day We Played Brazil.
Back on screen James was starring in a number of short and feature films such as the award winning All in the Valley (2014), A Dark Tale (2013), The Runner (2015) and You Get What You Ask for Son (2014). Showing his versatility for comic and serious roles and showcasing his wide range of accents something which he did to great effect on A Comic Review of the Year for BBC Radio where he played Rik Mayall character Rick from The Young Ones (1982), Spock from Star Trek (1966) and politicians Ed Millband and William Hague as well as numerous more voices. He also appeared in Kennedy's Suicide Bomber (2013) a Smithsonian Channel and BBC co-production and Mermaids: The New Evidence (2013) for the Discovery Channel as well as parts in TV commercials for Lumens and Haven Holidays.
More recently James appeared on stage as Detective Sergeant Porterhouse in Ray Cooney's farce Run For Your Wife and performing at comedy clubs with stand up's Dave Thompson, Steve Hall, Mitch Benn, Alan Francis and Arthur Smith and has taken on directorial duties for two video shorts showcasing his stand up character The Comedy Inspector, which he also writes and for his first short film Delays Imminent (2015) which he also produces and appears in.
James returned to stage acting with a role as Judas Iscariot in The Hopeful Grave by playwright Steve Andrews for Prior Commitment. Followed by a role for The National Trust playing Sir Richard Thomas Dyke Acland, 15th Baronet and MP who was one of the founding members of the British Common Wealth Party in a stage production of The Gift at his former home, Killerton House in late 2015. His most recent role on stage is playing Reg Varney of On the Buses fame in a show based on his autobiography, The Little Clown in the town he lived in for over twenty years of his life Budleigh Salterton. The show called Before the Bus Came is commissioned by Reg's daughter Jeanne.
In 2016 James landed a leading role as David in the sc-fi comedy podcast The Time Diary and plays the part of Police Commissioner Lawrence in the final episode of the eight part web series Call Me Church (2016). Short film roles as a Immigration Officer in a drama about an asylum seeker who takes refuge in the UK called Exile (2016), a burglar in the comedy horror The Graveyard Shift (2016) and a role in the award winning Carl Shanahan's horror film Crave (2017) as well as a Exeter Phoenix 48 Hour Film called Love & Translation (2016) playing Francois added to another busy year for James which ended in another two more stage roles for The National Trust, firstly playing renowned landscape artist William Sawrey Gilpin in a ParkLife Drama in the grounds of Killerton House and playing a traditional Victorian Father Christmas for the Christmas at Killerton event.
2017 saw James returning to pantomime for the first time in six years as the Squire in Treasure Island for Prior Commitment Theatre Company at Budleigh Public Hall. James also wrote and directed three playlets for The Newtown Community Association for the NCA's 30th Anniversary Event which took place on the 1st July 2017. James played Nicholas Marden, The Private Secretary to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Kent in one of the plays entilted The Duchess and Doreen. After two years away from performing improv comedy James joined the comedy group, The Eggshells and once again played The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival in February 2017. James once again ended the year by reprising his role as a traditional Victorian Father Christmas for The National Trust.
James' long standing working relationship with Prior Commitment Theatre Company continued in 2018 with performances in Silly Billy at Budleigh Public Hall in April 2018 and the world premiere of From Exe to Axe to celebrate the life of Sir Walter Raleigh which toured Devon and Dorset in August 2018.