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James Dreyfus
Born 9 October 1968 (1968-10-09) (age 41)
Years active 1993 – Present

James Dreyfus (born 9 October 1968) is an award-winning English actor.


Early life and career

Born in London, his parents divorced when he was very young.[1] His mother was an Egyptian fashion model and Dreyfus spent some years touring around the world with her.[1] Following an education at the English public school Harrow, he trained at RADA.[2].

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 homosexual 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.

He is currently (from September 2009 to January 2010) appearing in "Breakfast At Tiffany's" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.

Selected filmography

Year Film or Series
1995 Greg in Thin Ice at the Internet Movie Database
1995-1996 Constable Kevin Goody in The Thin Blue Line
1995-1996 Christopher in Absolutely Fabulous
1996 Paul in Boyfriends
1999 Martin in Notting Hill
1999-2001 Tom Farrell in Gimme Gimme Gimme
2000 Professor Fluke in Gormenghast
2000 Oscar in Bette
2004 Fidor in Fat Slags
2004 Gordon in Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
2005 Voice artist in the revamped Willo the Wisp
2006 George Monday/Thermoman in My Hero
2006 Melvyn Prescott in Colour Me Kubrick
2007 Emcee in Cabaret
2007 Lawrence Nixon/George McCabe in Double Time
2007 Voice of Felix in Nina and the Neurons
2009 "Rory" in Casualty (TV series)


  1. ^ a b Fletcher, Mary, Why life's looking Goody for James, TV Times, pg 31.
  2. ^ Wylie, Ian. "Double trouble for James". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2008-04-06.  

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