James Hyland is a multi award-winning English actor.
His work has been described by critics as "immensely powerful" (The Independent) and "highly accomplished" (The Stage). He was educated at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance where he took on the role of Pete in THE NORTH POLE, sharing the Guardian International Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Festival and the award for Best Ensemble Acting at the National Student Drama Festival ("The most perceptively drawn character, Pete - played with an utterly believable under-water drunkenness by James Hyland" – The Guardian). James went on to perform with theatre groups such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, winning eight more awards for his performances on stage and screen. Three of his most notable performances in recent years include those of his 5-star rated one-man shows: A CHRISTMAS CAROL - AS TOLD BY JACOB MARLEY (DECEASED) ("riveting acting... stunning voice work... unforgettable" – The Stage), FAGIN'S LAST HOUR ("truly astonishing... unforgettable theatre at its best" – The Courier), and STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE ("Hyland is a genius... No one 'ordinary' could do what he did" - Everything Theatre). In 2012, James was honoured with the award for Best Performer in Theatre (Fringe Report Awards 2012) and a nomination for The London Theatre Award (London Awards for Art and Performance 2012) for A CHRISTMAS CAROL - AS TOLD BY JACOB MARLEY (DECEASED). John Park, Director of the Fringe Report Awards, said "The award celebrates the work of James Hyland, actor... It reflects his fine work as an actor in film, TV, radio and theatre in a remarkable range of productions." The success of his Dickensian solo shows culminated with Official Recognition for Dickensian Scholarship from Queen Elizabeth II, received at Buckingham Palace in the presence of Her Majesty and Prince Philip. In 2013, James received the award for Best Male Act (Solo Fest 2013) following the sell-out World Premiere of STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE at Harrogate Theatre. By 2014, A CHRISTMAS CAROL - AS TOLD BY JACOB MARLEY (DECEASED) had been officially rated as one of "the top Christmas shows in London, Edinburgh and around the UK" – High 50 Culture. His most recent production is A LESSON FROM AUSCHWITZ, produced in commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz. Described by London Theatre 1 as "superb... totally believable", it is one of James's most hard-hitting shows to date. Many other roles have continued to earn James widespread acclaim including his portrayal of a corrupt cop in Tinie Tempah's revolutionary music video/short film DISAPPOINT YOU, for which James shared the award for Best Music Video at The London Independent Film Festival 2012 as well as Best Urban Video at the UK Music Video Awards 2011 ("one of the best short films, not to mention best music videos, ever made" – UK Hip Hop & Grime). James has also appeared in several television dramas such as CASUALTY and FAMILY AFFAIRS. Previous film work includes DIAGNOSIS: SUPERSTAR (nominated for Best UK Feature Film at the London Film Festival, 2008), and the short films SUPERSONIC (Critic's Choice in The Daily Telegraph/Ford Mondeo film competition, 2008), and THE WOEFUL TALE OF LONG JOHN (Heavyweight Winner in the Vårrullen Film Festival, 2006). He is currently appearing in the acclaimed British feature films WE ARE MONSTER (nominated for The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Festival, 2014) and THE CAKE MAKER (nominated for Best Festival Film at The Birmingham Black International Film Festival, 2014), as well as Kaskade's music video A LITTLE MORE in which James plays the lead role. His very latest screen roles see him performing in Unstoppable Entertainment's THE SOUND, alongside Joseph Mawle and Sienna Guillory, and in the ground-breaking TRANSMISSION.