James Hyland is an award-winning English actor.
He is also a successful writer, producer and director.
James' work has been described by critics as "immensely powerful" (The Independent), "genius" (Everything Theatre) and "highly accomplished" (The Stage). Following his education at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, he made his professional acting debut in 'The North Pole', winning the Guardian International Student Drama Award in 1996. Since then he has appeared in over 60 productions, working with a variety of directors including Michael Boyd, Adrian Noble and Matthew Warchus, as well as acclaimed companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and Brother Wolf (of which he is the Artistic Director), winning a further nine awards including Best Performer in Theatre (Fringe Report Awards, 2012) for his solo performance as Marley's Ghost in 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)'. This was followed by two more award-winning one-man shows: 'Fagin's Last Hour' and 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'; also serving as adapter and producer on all three productions (for which he received recognition from The Queen for their part in Dickensian Scholarship). All of the shows have toured nationally including his historical drama 'A Lesson from Auschwitz', of which he is the writer, director, producer and co-actor (commended by The Foundation of Memory Sites Near Auschwitz-Birkenau). His very latest touring production sees him playing the role of Inspector Gammell in 'Magic Circle', a sinister two-handed mystery play written by acclaimed novelist Kim Newman. Screen credits include 'We Are Monster', nominated for The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film (Edinburgh Festival, 2014) and the award-winning music videos from Kaskade and Tinie Tempah: 'A Little More' and 'Disappoint You', for which he also served as writer and improviser of the dialogue. His latest screen roles see him performing in Unstoppable Entertainment's 'The Sound', officially selected for the HollyShorts Film Festival 2017 (Academy Qualifying and Voted Moviemaker Magazine's Top 50 Film Festivals), and the award-winning short film 'Transmission' currently showing at 33 different film festivals worldwide including L'Étrange Festival Paris, France's elite genre festival.