James “Jim” Anthony Sturgess was born on May 16, 1981 London, England and grew up in Farnham, Surrey where he created plays in his attic as a child and would force his neighbours and younger sister to star in them. After discovering his love of performing, he often used it as an excuse to skip class. He was discovered performing in his self written poetry based one-person show “Buzzin” where he was recommended to an actor’s agency back in London. While acting in various television shows and independent films such as I’m Frank Morgan, Hawkins and the three parts of The Quest series, he became a member of a seven member band, named the “Dilated Spies”, which broke up several years ago. Along with his stage and screen career, he has also become known as the voice of radio characters such as his part in the 2005 radio play, Troilus And Cressida. Once the band broke up he began to once again pursue a career in acting. Jim is a former member of The National Youth Music Theatre (1993-1995) and is a graduate of the University of Salford’s School of Media, Music and Performance.
But it was his role as Jude in the 2007 movie Across the Universe that really brought him to the attention of a worldwide audience, with a character reminiscent of a young John Lennon, Jim starred along side Evan Rachel Wood, Bono, Salma Hayek, Eddie Izzard and Joe Cocker. His portrayal of a young man traveling from Liverpool, England, to America in an attempt to seek out his errant father, coupled with his stunning rendition of ten Beatle’s songs was defiantly the vehicle that he needed to propel his career onto the next plain. He called the experience “mind blowing”, that it “changed my life completely.”
In 2008, Jim scored two other major roles with well-established actors and actresses. He portrayed George Boleyn, brother to Anne (Natalie Portman) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson) Boleyn in the story of the Boleyn sisters who contended for the affection of King Henry VIII in The Other Boleyn Girl. Shortly after, he took the lead as Ben Campbell in 21, the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. His co-stars included Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Bosworth. The $35 million production took in an incredible $134 million dollars worldwide. 21 earned the Best Ensemble Award at the 2008 Show West Awards.
2008 will once again be a busy year for Jim as he stars as Gavin Kossef in Crossing Over, which will see him appearing with Hollywood greats, Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Sean Penn, Cliff Curtiss and Ashley Judd. The movie is set in Los Angeles and the storyline revolves around immigrants from different countries and backgrounds who share a common bond in desperately trying to gain legal status.
Keep your eyes on this one!