Stephan James

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  • Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Grew up in the Scarborough section of Toronto.
  • Sent in an audition tape for Selma, and a mere 20 minutes later he was contacted and asked to chat via Skype with director Ava DuVernay and producer Oprah Winfrey. 
  • Received a surprise visit from the real John Lewis, whom James portrayed in Selma, when Lewis showed up on the set one day.
  • Replaced John Boyega as Jesse Owens in Race after Boyega had to drop out in order to film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Spent his downtime during Selma training with a college track and field coach to prepare for his role as Jesse Owens.
  • Was part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Rising Stars program in 2015.
  • Named one of Toronto Life magazine's Most Influential Up-and-Comers of 2015.

Awards

  • 2013, Canadian Screen Awards — Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2017, Canadian Screen Awards — Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Shamier Anderson — Brother
  • Sheldon James — Brother

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  • Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Actor