James William Baxter
3 August 1990
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Still Open All Hours (2013–present)
Early and personal life
Baxter was born and brought up in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and educated at Farringdon Community Sports College. He attended weekly classes at NADA (the Northern Academy Of Dramatic Arts) held at the city's Royalty Theatre. Whilst there he appeared in various productions including Some Like It Hot and the pantomime Aladdin (Christmas 2006).
In the Fiona Evans stage play Scarborough at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival, his performance as a teenager embarking upon an illicit affair with his PE Teacher won him a best-actor nomination for a Festival Fringe Award, and favourable reviews
He has played in the North East musical Fine Fine Fine based on a story by Denise Robertson.
Baxter created the role of Bruce Blakemore in Silk Road by Alex Oates at Assembly Studios as part of the Edinburgh Festival 2014.
In 2007, Baxter landed the role of Jake Doland, in the long running ITV soap opera Emmerdale. Baxter left the soap in 2009, together with his on-screen family, at the conclusion of their storyline. In 2012 Baxter played Jesus (of Caesarea) in the episode "Lemons" of the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. He also had a bit part in the BBC's The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury, filmed on Tyneside, and played Alan Maddison in the ITV World War II drama Joe Maddison's War. In November 2013 he joined the cast of Hebburn as a guest in series two.
Imaginary Boys: As part of BBC Radio 4s Afternoon Play strand, James played 17-year-old schoolboy David in a Paul Magrs play. David is followed by, and falls in love with, an alien called Lawrence. Lawrence is a noveliser from Verbatim 6, a species that is also featured in Margs' Big Finish audio book 'Find and Replace' and 'Ringpullworld'.
- Smith, Alistair Assembly Rooms leads nominations for Stage Awards The Stage News, 17 August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2013
- Gardner, Lyn Edinburgh theatre review: Scarborough The Guardian, 6 August 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2013
- What's on TV
- British Comedy Guide
- "BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, Imaginary Boys".
- "BBC - Afternoon Drama: Imaginary Boys - Media Centre".