James Callis

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James Callis
BornJames Callis
(1971-06-04) 4 June 1971 (age 42)
London, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of York, (B.A., English and Related Literature, 1993)
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James Callis
BornJames Callis
(1971-06-04) 4 June 1971 (age 42)
London, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of York, (B.A., English and Related Literature, 1993)

James Callis (born 4 June 1971) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries and television series, and Bridget Jones' best friend in Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. He joined the cast of the TV Series Eureka, on Syfy, in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Callis was born and brought up in London, where he attended Harrow School in north-west London. His parents owned a bed-and-breakfast.[1] In a comment to a fansite, Callis repudiated the claim that he comes from aristocratic roots by saying that he is the descendant of poor immigrants from Russia and Poland.[2]

Callis attended the University of York, graduating in 1993 with a BA in English and Related Literature. He was a member of Derwent College, for which he was an enthusiastic rugby player. At university he was also a keen student actor, director and writer. He was a key member of the University of York Gilbert and Sullivan society and even appeared in productions put on by friends at Cambridge University, including a production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party.


Callis went on to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 1996. In the same year, he was awarded the Jack Tinker Award (Theatre Record Critic of the Year) for Most Promising Newcomer for his performance in Old Wicked Songs, a two-hander by Jon Marans, in which he starred alongside Bob Hoskins.

Callis has appeared in various West End productions and television series as well as on radio. He has also been involved in writing and directing. His directorial debut was Beginner's Luck, a co-production of his and writer/director Nick Cohen's Late Night Pictures and Angel Eye Film & TV, starring Julie Delpy, Steven Berkoff and Fenella Fielding. Beginner's Luck was critically panned, but ran for almost three weeks on one print (all the low-budget film could afford) in one cinema in central London, then went on a tour of student cinemas around the U.K. The U.K. distributor was Guerrilla Films. The film is still on the Icon Catalogue.

Callis finished filming his first role in a cinema film, Bridget Jones's Diary, alongside Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant, in the summer of 2000 and between a few further film and TV roles went back on stage in the Soho Theatre in December 2002.

In 2003, Callis played the role of Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries, and continued the role in the regular series that followed. In 2006, Callis won Best Supporting Actor Saturn Award and an AFI award for his performance as Baltar.


Callis in 2007
Film and Television
YearFilmGenreOther notes
1996Murder Most HorridTVMark (in episode: "Confess")
Soldier SoldierTVMajor Tim Forrester
1997A Dance to the Music of TimeTVProf. Russell Gwinnett
Weekend BirdFilmMike
1998The Scarlet PimpernelTVHenri
Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Going WrongTVGuy Curran
1999Heat of the SunTVClive Lanyard
SuretyShort filmDirected & produced with Nick Cohen
Sex, Chips & Rock n' RollTVThe Wolf
Jason & The ArgonautsFilmAspyrtes
2000Arabian NightsTVPrince Ahmed
2001Bridget Jones's DiaryFilmTom
As IfTVSebastian
Victoria & AlbertTVErnest of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Prince Albert's brother)
Beginner's LuckFilmMark (James also wrote, co-directed & co-produced this film)
2002Relic HunterFilmRaoul
2003Blue DoveFilmDominic
Helen of TroyTVKing Menelaus (Helen's husband)
Battlestar Galactica(2003–09) TVDoctor Gaius Baltar
2004Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonFilmTom
Dead CoolFilmJosh
2006One Night with the KingFilmHaman
2009Merlin and the Book of BeastsFilmMerlin
Numb3rsTVMason Duryea (season 5, episode 23: "Angels and Devils")
2010FlashForwardTVGabriel McDow (3 episodes)
EurekaTVDr. Trevor Grant (9 episodes)
Reuniting the RubinsFilmDanny Rubins
2011MerlinTVJulius Borden (1 episode)
2012Midsomer MurdersTVToby and Julian DeQuetteville (1 episode)
EurekaTVDr. Trevor Grant (season 5, episode 13: "Just Another Day...")
PortlandiaTVHimself (1 episode: "One Moore Episode")
DCI BanksTVOwen Pierce (2 episodes)
ArrowTVThe Dodger (1 episode: "Dodger")
CSITVJohn Mechiston (2 Episodes)
1997Daisy MillerWinterbourne
1999HMS UlyssesSaturday Playhouse (Radio 4)Aired on 14 June 1997


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