James Bolam

James Bolam

Jun. 16th, 1938
Born in
Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England, UK
5' 10 1/2

James Bolam's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
New Tricks (UK) TV Show
New Tricks (UK)
When the Boat Comes In (UK) TV Show
When the Boat Comes In (UK)
Born and Bred (UK) TV Show
Born and Bred (UK)
Only When I Laugh (UK) TV Show
Only When I Laugh (UK)
Budgie (UK) TV Show
Budgie (UK)
The Beiderbecke Affair (UK) TV Show
The Beiderbecke Affair (UK)
The Likely Lads (UK) TV Show
The Likely Lads (UK)
Andy Capp (UK) TV Show
Andy Capp (UK)
Father Matthew's Daughter (UK) TV Show
Father Matthew's Daughter (UK)
Room At The Bottom (UK) TV Show
Room At The Bottom (UK)
Second Thoughts (UK) TV Show
Second Thoughts (UK)
The Beiderbecke Connection (UK) TV Show
The Beiderbecke Connection (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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James Christopher Bolam is an English actor, best known for his roles as Jack Ford in When the Boat Comes In, Trevor Chaplin in The Beiderbecke Trilogy, Terry Collier in The Likely Lads and its sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Roy Figgis in Only When I Laugh, Dr Arthur Gilder in Born and Bred, Jack Halford in New Tricks and the title character of Grandpa in the children's BBC program Grandpa in My Pocket.

  • Was roommates with 'Marc Bolan' (qv) in the '60s.
  • Was the true inspiration for 'Marc Bolan' (qv)'s name,not 'Bob Dylan' (qv) as reported.
  • He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to Drama.

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