James Buckley (actor)

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James Buckley
File:James Buckley 2009.jpg
Born James Patrick Buckley
(1987-08-14) 14 August 1987 (age 31)
Croydon, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Clair Meek (2012–present)
Children 2

James Patrick Buckley (born 14 August 1987) is an English actor and musician. He is best known for playing Jay Cartwright in the BAFTA-winning E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners and as Del Boy Trotter in the Only Fools and Horses prequel Rock & Chips.

Early life

Buckley was born in Croydon. At the age of two, he moved to Dagenham. He attended Beam Primary School. It was here, while taking part in school plays, that Buckley found out how much he enjoyed performing and started going to a stage school at the weekends from the age of seven. At age 11, Buckley began his first professional jobs in the West End shows Whistle Down the Wind and Les Misérables.


Buckley appeared in a Hellmann's advertisement in 2004. His stage credits include the West End musical Les Misérables as Gavroche and Whistle Down the Wind as Clarence.[1] As well as The Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners Movie, The Inbetweeners 2 and Rock & Chips, Buckley's other credits include an episode of Skins and episodes of The Bill, Holby City and Teachers.[2]

He also played the character of Fred in Off the Hook.[3] For Red Nose Day 2011, Buckley and his Inbetweeners co-stars went on a "rude road trip" and visited the rudest street names in the United Kingdom in 50 hours. In April 2011, Buckley received a BAFTA nomination for his role in The Inbetweeners. Buckley played the main character in the short film Veronique. He had a part in the film Everywhere and Nowhere, released in 2011. He reprised his role as Jay Cartwright in The Inbetweeners Movie, released 17 August 2011.

Buckley also does voice-overs utilising his distinctive accent. He recently worked with AllAboutCareers.com[4] to produce an explanatory animation for the website. Buckley is also the narrator on E4's show Little Box of Horrors. He starred in the music video for States of Emotion's track "The Unsung",[5] and also features on backing vocals and guitar on Steve Cradock's album Peace City West.[6] He appeared in a commercial for the mobile phone company Orange, with the cast of The Expendables 2. He recently voiced the Envirofone adverts. In 2012, he made his directorial debut when he directed a music video for Essex band The Milk. He also starred in the video. More recent he played Mr Norice, P.E teacher in The Boy in the Dress. He has acted as voiceover for children's travel brand, Trunki, in their first TV advertisement with Aardman. As of 2015, Buckley currently lends his voice to the latest Hastings Direct TV advertisement.

Personal life

Buckley married Scottish former model Clair Meek on 3 November 2012. The couple have two children. He is a fan of Crystal Palace football club.[7]



Year Film Role Notes
2002 Veronique Boy Short film
2011 Everywhere and Nowhere Jamie
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Jay Cartwright
2013 Charlie Countryman Luke
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Jay Cartwright
2014 The Pyramid Fitzie
2014 The Boy in the Dress Mr Norris Television film
2016 The Comedian's Guide to Survival James Mullinger Post production
2016 Conner4real Sponge Post-production


Year Film Role Notes
2001 'Orrible Ryan Episode: "Two Men and a Bastard"
2004 Teachers John 2 episodes
2005–2008 The Bill Tom Wilkinson / Joseph Rake / Marcus Stepney 3 episodes
2006 Holby City Ali Wilkinson Episode: "Better the Devil You Know"
2006 Baggy Trousers Neil Pilot
2007 Skins Simon Episode: "Michelle"
2007 Sold Wayne Episode: "1.1"
2008–2010 The Inbetweeners Jay Cartwright 18 episodes
Nominated – British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actor (2010)
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role (2011)
Nominated - Royal Television Society Award for Best Comedy Performance (2011)
2009 Off the Hook Fred 7 episodes
2010 Comedy Lab Rob Episode: "Filth"
2010–2011 Rock & Chips Del Boy 3 episodes
2011 The Comic Strip Presents... Sergeant Episode: "The Hunt for Tony Blair"
2011 Little Box of Horrors [8] Himself 6 episodes


  1. "James Buckley CV". James Buckley Official Website. Retrieved 4 May 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "James Buckley Filmography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 4 May 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Lyndhurst returns as Rodney's dad BBC News, 5 October 2009
  4. "AllAboutCareers.com". YouTube. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2013-07-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "STATES OF EMOTION - THE UNSUNG feat. James Buckley (Official Video)". YouTube. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2013-07-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Steve Cradock New Album Promo". YouTube. 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2013-07-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Taylor, Frances (4 November 2012). "'The Inbetweeners' star James Buckley marries Clair Meek". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/little-box-of-horrors/episode-guide

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