James McNicholas

Actor / Writer / Author

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Film, TV & Theatre

Books

Acting

James is an actor and writer, whose debut Edinburgh solo show, THE BOXER, received huge critical acclaim, with the Guardian naming it one of the ‘Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2019’.

Reviews for THE BOXER:

“A heavyweight hour of stand-up and storytelling” ★★★★ The Guardian
“A magnificent mix of stand-up, theatre and memoir which packs a powerful punch” ★★★★★
iTalkTelly
“Compelling and poignant” ★★★★
The Scotsman
"A knockout" ★★★★
Beyond The Joke
"Beautiful and uplifting" ★★★★
One 4 Review

Most recently, James was seen in the West End production of THE UNDERSTUDY, an adaptation of the best-selling book by David Nicholls, joining a star-studded cast including Stephen Fry and James Norton. He also starred in two episodes of THE EMILY ATACK SHOW for ITV and joined the cast of BBC Radio 4’s SKETCHTOPIA.

Since 2019, James has been a writer for and performer in CBBC’s hit HORRIBLE HISTORIES, which has won and been nominated for numerous BAFTA Children’s awards, including Best Writing and Best Comedy.

Other acting credits include THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD for Sky One, MUZLAMIC for BBC Three and a recurring role in THE PIN for BBC Radio 4. Further writing credits include THE HEROIC QUEST OF THE VALIANT PRINCE IVANDOE for Cartoon Network and OFF THEIR ROCKERS for ITV.

Stage

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

THE BOXER

Writer / Performer

Tom Parry

Pleasance, Edinburgh

BEASTS PRESENT MR EDINBURGH 2016

Writer / Performer

Tom Parry

Pleasance, Edinburgh

BEASTS: LIVE DVD

Writer/Performer

Tom Parry

Pleasance, Edinburgh

BEASTS: SOLO

Writer/Performer

Tom Parry

Pleasance, Edinburgh

BEASTS (2013)

Writer/Performer

Tom Parry

Pleasance, Edinburgh

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Algernon

Henry Filloux-Bennett

Theatre Royal Haymarket

BEASTS

Writer / Performer

Tom Parry

Pleasance, Edinburgh

A FUNHOUSE OF MIRRORS

Rob

Timothy Trimingham Lee / Anna Ehnold-Danailov

Flying Orchard; Mernier Chocolate Factory

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

James

Henry Filloux-Bennett

New Red Lion Theatre

JULIUS CAESAR

Casca

Bronagh Lagan

Word of Mouth

PLATFORM

Clifford

Alex Ferris

Old Vic New Voices & Frantic Assembly

EUGENE MIRMAN SKETCH

Bouncer

Eugene Mirman

FunnyOrDie

TIME FUGG

Various

Nick Hall

Hen & Chickens Theatre

THE TEMPEST

Caliban

Xavier Fontenille

Laternfish Theatre

THE MISANTHROPE

Clitandre

Simon Evans

Black & White Rainbow; White Bear Theatre

BRITANNICUS

Narcissus

Ben Naylor

Central School of Speech & Drama

MACBETH

Macbeth

Martin Wylde

Central School of Speech & Drama

THE TEMPEST

Trinculo

Alice Butler

Pleasance Edinburgh

SQUIRRELS

Arthur

Alice Butler

Byre Theatre

LA TRATTORIA DI SEGRETTI

Alfredo

Tim Norton

Pleasance London

Television

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

THE RELUCTANT LANDLORD

PC Lamb

David Sant

CPL Productions / Sky

HORRIBLE HISTORIES S8

Regular

Steve Connelly

Lion Television/CBBC

MUZLAMIC

Various

Johnny Burns and Pier van Tijn

BBC3

HORRIBLE HISTORIES S7

Regular

Steve Connelly

Lion Television

DRUNK HISTORY S3

Grain Addict in William Shakespeare's Shady Past

Tom McKay

Tiger Aspect / Comedy Central

@ELEVENISH

Pete

Tommy Forbes

Talkback / ITV2

DRUNK HISTORY S2

Anti- Nazi Guard in The Great Escape

Tom McKay

Tiger Aspect / Comedy Central

WOT 4 (PILOT)

Graffiti Artist

Hat Trick Productions

BATTLE OF BRITAIN: THE REAL STORY

German Soldier

James Holland

BBC

Short Film

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

DONKEYS

Jake

Matt Roberts

Truck Films

CHEEK BALL

Eddie

Robbie McCallum

Brighton Brothers Films

Radio

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

SKETCHTOPIA

Various (Regular)

Gus Beattie

Gusman Productions / BBC Radio 4

THE PIN AT HOME

Various (Regular)

Sam Michell

BBC Radio 4

BEASTS, SKETCHORAMA SPECIAL

Self

Gus Beattie

Comedy Unit / BBC Radio 4

BEASTS, SKETCHORAMA

Self

Gus Beattie

Comedy Unit / BBC Radio 4

Film, TV & Theatre

James' debut Edinburgh solo show, The Boxer, received huge critical acclaim and was deemed 'a knockout ****' by The Guardian.  He is a member of the Sketch group BEASTS and has been a writer on Horrible Histories since Season 8.

Television

ProductionCompanyNotes

THE HEROIC QUEST OF THE VALIANT PRINCE IVANDOE

2020

Cartoon Network

Writer 2x episodes

HORRIBLE HISTORIES 9

2020

Lion TV/ CBBC

Writer and Performer

HORRIBLE HISTORIES 8

2019

Lion TV/CBBC

Writer and Performer

Books

James McNicholas is a writer and performer based in London. As a screenwriter, he has credits with BBC, ITV & BBC Radio 4. His live comedy show ‘The Boxer’ was named in the ‘Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2019’ (The Guardian). Alongside his comedy, James is a sports journalist for The Athletic.  

 

James is working on his first book.