Oliver James (actor)

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Oliver James
BornOliver James Hudson
(1980-06-01) 1 June 1980 (age 33)
Ottershaw, Surrey, England, UK
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2002–present
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Oliver James
BornOliver James Hudson
(1980-06-01) 1 June 1980 (age 33)
Ottershaw, Surrey, England, UK
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2002–present

Oliver James (born Oliver James Hudson;[1] 1 June 1980) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Liam Atkinson in the popular British soap opera Emmerdale.

Acting career[edit]

James made his acting debut in the made-for-television short film School's Out as Dean. He then appeared in an episode for the BBC television series The Afternoon Play.

In 2002, James was cast as the role of Ian Wallace in the teen romantic comedy What a Girl Wants. The film was directed by Dennie Gordon and co-starred Amanda Bynes. The movie was released in 2003, to mixed critical reception, and a moderate box office with worldwide earnings of $50,732,139.[2][3]

In 2003, James was cast in the role of Liam Atkinson in the British soap opera Emmerdale. He remained in the show until February 2005, when he decided to leave the show after two years to pursue further career opportunities.

In 2004, James was cast to portray the role of Jay Corgan in New Line Cinema's musical drama film Raise Your Voice. The film which was directed by Sean McNamara and co-starred Hilary Duff. The film received negative reviews from critics and was a box office bomb earning worldwide $14,867,514.[4][5]

In 2006, James signed on for the BBC drama television series The Innocence Project portraying the role of Nick Benitz. The eight-episode first season received negative reviews from critics.[6] Ratings were very poor and the BBC chose to pull the series midway through season one, with the show not being renewed for a second season.[7]

In 2009, James portrayed the role of Ben in Paramount Home Entertainment's Direct-to-DVD sequel Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling. The film received negative reviews.[8]

In 2011, James appeared in a leading role in the TV film Roadkill. He is set to appear in the upcoming TV film Black Forest.

Music career[edit]

Shortly after appearing in The Afternoon Play, James joined a boy band produced by Simon Fuller. He quit the band as soon as he was cast in What A Girl Wants. For What A Girl Wants, he learned to play the guitar and sang the songs "Long Time Coming" and "Greatest Story Ever Told" which appear on the film's soundtrack. He played the acoustic guitar in Raise Your Voice.


2002School's OutDeanTV film
2003What a Girl WantsIan Wallace
2004Raise Your VoiceJay Corgan
2009Without a Paddle: Nature's CallingBenDirect-To-DVD
2011RoadkillRyanTV film
2012Black ForestGallenTV film
2003The Afternoon PlayDaveEpisode: "Girls Weekend"
2003-2005EmmerdaleLiam AtkinsonRegular
2006–2007The Innocence ProjectNick BenitzRegular; 8 Episodes


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "What a Girl Wants". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  3. ^ "What a Girl Wants (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Raise Your Voice". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Raise Your Voice (2004)". Box Office Mojo. 2004-11-21. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  6. ^ Dowell, Ben (2006-10-05). "First Review: The Innocence Project | Media | guardian.co.uk". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  7. ^ Ben Dowell. "Innocence lost on BBC1 viewers | Media | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  8. ^ "Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 

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