James Dreyfus

James Dreyfus

Oct. 9th, 1968
Born in
5' 10

James Dreyfus' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Thin Blue Line (UK) TV Show
The Thin Blue Line (UK)
Mount Pleasant (UK) TV Show
Mount Pleasant (UK)
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (UK) TV Show
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (UK)
Bette TV Show
Paris (UK) (1994) TV Show
Paris (UK) (1994)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Early life and career

Born in London, Dreyfus was educated at Harrow School and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[1] His parents divorced when he was very young.
In 1998, Dreyfus won the Best Supporting Performance in a Musical Olivier Award for his work in The Lady In The Dark at the National Theatre. In the same year he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the Birmingham Rep.

Comedy work

Dreyfus has created some memorable comedy characters, particularly on British television, including Constable Kevin Goody in Ben Elton's sitcom The Thin Blue Line and Tom Farrell, the gay flatmate of Linda (Kathy Burke) in Gimme Gimme Gimme. Dreyfus played opposite Bette Midler in the short-lived American sitcom Bette.
In November 2004, Dreyfus played Carmen Ghia in the London premiere of Mel Brooks' musical The Producers, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He played the role for 10 months until August 2005.
He played as Thermoman in the BBC One comedy My Hero, a role he took over in the sixth series from Ardal O'Hanlon. Although the same character, he used the name George Monday, as opposed to Ardal O'Hanlon's character's name, George Sunday. After disappointing ratings following his appointment, the show was axed from the BBC's schedule. Dreyfus also starred as Mr. Teasy-Weasy in the 2004 comedy film Churchill: The Hollywood Years.
In March 2006, he returned to the West End stage in a revival of Michael Frayn's comedy Donkeys' Years at the Comedy Theatre alongside Samantha Bond, David Haig and Mark Addy. He left in August of that year to prepare for his new lead role as the Emcee in a West End revival of Cabaret. In 2008 he appeared in revival of Simon Gray's The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
From September 2009 to January 2010 he appeared in Breakfast At Tiffany's at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.

  • He was awarded the 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical of the 1997 season for his role in Lady in the Dark.
  • He left hit English show _"Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" (1999)_ (qv) to go to the United States sitcom _"Bette" (2000)_ (qv), but the show sadly lasted only one season.

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