Oct. 11th, 1965
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, London, England, UK
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Lennie James (born October 11, 1965) is an English actor, screenwriter, and playwright. Among his more notable roles in American television was the mysterious Robert Hawkins in the CBS series Jericho. James also starred as Detective Joe Geddes in the AMC television series Low Winter Sun and has been highly praised for his guest appearances as Morgan Jones in the popular AMC series The Walking Dead by fans and critics alike.
Born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. His Afro-Trinidadian parents originate from Trinidad & Tobago. He lived in South London and attended school at Ernest Bevin College.
James' mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 10, after which he and his brother, Kester James, chose to live in a children's home in London instead of being sent to the United States to reside with a relative. Lennie remained in foster care for eight years.
He aspired to be a professional rugby player as a teen, and was introduced to acting after following a girl he was interested in to an audition for a play. He was once employed by the British government's social security office.
James graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988.He has appeared in over 20 films, including Les Misérables (1998), Snatch (2000), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Sahara (2005), and Outlaw (2007). He starred in the 2010 film Tic and appeared in the action film Colombiana (2011) and the sci-fi film Lockout (2012).
On television, James appeared in the short-lived Channel 4 prison drama Buried (2003), the BBC terrorism drama The State Within (2006), the BBC spy drama Spooks (2002-2011), and he starred as Robert Hawkins in the CBS post-apocalyptic drama series Jericho (2006). James appeared in a Channel 4 television drama Fallout (2008), playing the role of a detective alongside another detective solving a teen-related murder. He also appeared in an episode of Lie to Me, as well as the AMC/ITV miniseries The Prisoner (which aired in November 2009). He appeared in HBO's comedy series Hung as a pimp. James appeared in episodes of the 2010 TV series Human Target as the assassin Baptiste. In 2012, he starred as DCI Tony Gates in BBC Two's Line of Duty (2012).
In 2010, he guest-starred as Morgan Jones in the pilot episode of the AMC series The Walking Dead, titled "Days Gone Bye". In 2013, he reprised his role as Morgan Jones in an episode of the third season of The Walking Dead titled "Clear", and showrunner Scott Gimple confirmed Morgan will not appear again until after the fourth season, but he is slated to return.
Jones wrote the autobiographical TV film, Storm Damage, in 2000 and the play The Sons of Charlie Paora, which opened at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2004 and was well-received.
James has three daughters (Romy, Celine, and Georgia) and one son with Giselle Glasman, his longtime partner. He is the main cook for his family and has professed a fondness for Caribbean cuisine. He is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur.
- Long term partner of Giselle Glasman with whom he has three daughters: Romy, and twins Celine and Georgia.
- Graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988.