Fast Facts

  • Didn't begin acting until 2005, when a friend asked if he'd appear in a student film that he was shooting. Prior to that, he was pursuing the career he'd gone to college for—marketing.
  • Found an acting teacher via the Yellow Pages after deciding he wanted to give acting a go.
  • Among the jobs he took while supporting his acting aspirations: bricklayer and pastry packer.  
  • Hyphenated his name to James-Collier to placate the acting union Equity, as there was already an actor named Rob Collier.
  • Scored a supporting role in a series (Down to Earth) on one of his first auditions. 
  • Appeared in catalogs for Argos (a British retail chain) in 2007 and '08.
  • Anointed "Sexiest Male" at the 2007 and 2008 British Soap Awards for his work on Coronation Street.

Awards

  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Ann Collier — Mother
  • James Collier — Father

College

  • University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (BA in Business); University of Manchester, Manchester, England (MSc in Marketing, 2001)

Details

  • Birth Name: Robert James Collier
  • Birth Place: Salford, Greater Manchester, England
  • Birthday: September 23, 1976, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor