"James Hyland is a genius... No one ordinary could do what he did."
James Hyland is Artistic Director and Founder of Brother Wolf. He is also a multi award-winning stage and film actor as well as a critically acclaimed writer, producer and director. James' work has been described by the press as "magnificent" (Plays to See), "highly accomplished" (The Stage) and "astonishing" (The Courier). To date, he has received more than 150 outstanding reviews as well as over 300 audience testimonials for his ground-breaking performances. 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 70 professional 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 Productions, winning a further sixteen awards including Best Performance of The Year (The Actors Awards LA, 2022) for his performance as Mr Guthrert Vratrol/Narrator in the film The Impatient Man Who Made His Life Considerably Shorter, an OffComm Commendation (OffWestEnd Awards, 2022) for his production of Dracula's Guest, and 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) as well as a nomination for The London Theatre Award (London Awards for Art and Performance 2012) for the same role in competition with the Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical. John Park, Director of the Fringe Report Awards, said "The award celebrates the work of James Hyland, actor, and in particular his creation and delivery of A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased). It reflects his fine work as an actor in film, TV, radio and theatre in a remarkable range of productions." In the same year, further honours were bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of Dickensian scholarship. 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). The show's unique presentation has even been discussed in best-selling books about the theatre. In 2018, during the 175th anniversary of Dickens' original novella, James performed his award-winning show at The Royal Albert Hall, selling out to capacity. The production was followed by two more award-winning one-man shows: Fagin's Last Hour in 2011 (Top Off West End Production - CentreStage Stars of 2018) and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 2013 (Best Male Act - Solo Festival 2013). James serves as actor, adapter and producer on all three productions. The shows have toured extensively, breaking box office records along the way, as well as his 5-star commemorative 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), reviewed as "one of the most powerful and most important pieces of theatre I've ever seen" (Centre Stage). As well as touring this and other critically acclaimed productions, James will be continuing the premiere performances of his award-winning production of Dracula's Guest as part of the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker's novel as well as launching Silver and Gold (a new solo drama based on Treasure Island) and Uncle Jimmy, a short film.
Screen credits include We Are Monster, nominated for The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film (Edinburgh Festival, 2014) and the multi award-winning music videos/short films from Kaskade and Tinie Tempah in which James plays the lead roles: A Little More and Disappoint You, again serving as writer (and improviser) of the dialogue; and also the twelve-time award-winning film Transmission in which James plays the lead role of Dr Sam, selected for more than ninety festivals worldwide including The Fisheye Film Festival, The Horrible Imaginings Film Festival and Torino Underground Cinefest for which James received three Best Actor nominations. James can currently be seen in The Impatient Man Who Made His Life Considerably Shorter in which he plays the dual lead roles of Mr Guthrert Vratrol and the Narrator for which he recently won the highly prestigious Best Performance of the Year award, Best Performance of Fest and Best Actor in a Comedy at The Actors Awards Los Angeles and Best Actor in a Comedy (Platinum Award) at The Best Actor & Director Awards New York as well as Best Actor at The Reel Social Film Festival (at which the film also won Best Comedy), Best Actor at The London Movie Awards, Best Actor at The Vesuvius International Film Fest, Best Actor at The Flatness Film Awards, Best Actor at The Cotswold International Film Festival and Best Actor at The APEX Film Awards at which his performance was reviewed as "absolutely hilarious and played to perfection." The critically acclaimed film has also been awarded the Producer's Choice Award at The Earls Court International Film Festival and Best Comedy at Love Your Shorts Film Festival. To date, James has appeared in nine award-winning films, five in which he plays the lead role.