James Callis

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James Callis
BornJames Callis
(1971-06-04) 4 June 1971 (age 43)
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 43)
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.

Callis in 2007

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 the Best Supporting Actor Saturn Award and an AFI award for his performance as Baltar.



1997Weekend BirdMikeShort
Directed & produced with Nick Cohen
2000Jason & The ArgonautsAspyrtesTelevision film
Arabian NightsPrince AhmedTelevision film
2001Bridget Jones's DiaryTom
Victoria & AlbertErnest of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Prince Albert's brother)Television film
Beginner's LuckMark FeinmanCallis also wrote, co-directed and co-produced this film.
2004Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonTom
Dead CoolJosh
2006One Night with the KingHaman, the Agagite
2007Battlestar Galactica: RazorDr. Gaius BaltarTelevision film
2009Merlin and the Book of BeastsMerlinTelevision film
2010Reuniting the RubinsDanny Rubins
Meet Pursuit DelangePursuitShort
201117th PrecinctJohn BossonTelevision film
2013AustenlandColonel Andrews


1996Murder Most HorridMarkEpisode: "Confess"
Soldier SoldierMaj Tim Forrester9 Episodes
1997A Dance To The Music Of TimeGwinnettTV Mini-Series, Episode: "Post War"
1998Heat of the SunAsst. Supt. Clive LanyardTV Mini-Series, Episode: "Private Lives"
Ruth Rendell MysteriesGuy CurranEpisodes: "The Going Wrong: Part 1", "The Going Wrong: Part 2" and "The Going Wrong: Part 3"
1999Sex, Chips & Rock n' RollThe Wolf (Justin DeVere Montague)TV Mini-Series
The Scarlet PimpernelHenriEpisode: "Valentin Gautier"
2001As IfSebastianEpisode: "Nicki's POV"
2002Relic HunterRaoulEpisode: "Faux Fox"
2003Battlestar GalacticaGaius BaltarTV Mini-Series
Blue DoveDominic PascoTV Mini-Series
2008Late Show with David LettermanGaius Baltar - Top Ten Presenter (uncredited)
2009Numb3rsMason DuryeaEpisode: "Angels and Devils"
2010FlashForwardGabriel McDowEpisodes: "The Garden of Forking Paths", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Course Correction" and "The Negotiation"
2004-2010Battlestar GalacticaDr. Gaius Baltar73 Episodes
2011MerlinBordenEpisode: "Aithusa"
17th PrecinctJeff BossonTV pilot
2012Midsomer MurdersToby & Julian DeQuettevilleEpisode: "The Dark Rider"
DCI BanksOwen PierceEpisodes: "Innocent Graves - Part 1" and "Innocent Graves - Part 2"
2010-2012EurekaDr. Trevor Grant10 Episodes
2013ArrowThe DodgerEpisode: "Dodger"
Key and PeeleShakespeareEpisode: "Episode #3.8"
2013-2014CSIJohn MerchistonEpisodes: "Skin in the Game", "The Devil and D.B. Russell" and "Boston Brakes"
2014The MusketeersEmile BonnaireEpisode: "Commodities"


1997Daisy MillerWinterbourne
1999HMS UlyssesSaturday Playhouse (Radio 4)Aired on 14 June 1997

Web original series[edit]

2014CaperDoc EnglishThrough Geek and Sundry


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