James Wilby

Highest Rated: 100% Dreamchild (1985)
Lowest Rated: 13% ChickLit (2016)
Birthday: Feb 20, 1958
Birthplace: Not Available
A consummately British leading man, actor James Wilby cut his thespian teeth in the British theater world and appeared in a number of British period films during the 1980s and 1990s.Though he was born abroad, Wilby was educated in England, attending a private school and Durham University. Intent on becoming an actor, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the early '80s and began acting in plays, including Another Country. He added films to his resumé, with small roles in the drama Privileged (1982), alongside fellow newcomer Hugh Grant, and the Lewis Carroll biopic Dreamchild (1985).Wilby firmly established himself as a rising British film actor with producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory's adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel Maurice in 1987. Centering on love affairs between Wilby's 1910s title youth and Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves, Maurice earned Wilby and Grant the Best Actor prize at theVenice Film Festival and an international art house audience. Wilby garnered more accolades for his performance as the repressed 1930s husband caught in a love triangle with wife Kristin Scott Thomas and interloper Rupert Graves in the highly regarded Evelyn Waugh adaptation A Handful of Dust (1988). Continuing his winning streak, Wilby subsequently appeared in Masterpiece Theater's well-mounted miniseries of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities (1989), and co-starred with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in another acclaimed Merchant/Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster, Howards End (1992). Though the rest of Wilby's 1990s movies were not as impressively received, he continued to appear regularly in British films and TV, including Immaculate Conception (1992), the World War I drama Regeneration (1997), and the children's movie Tom's Midnight Garden (1998). Wilby reunited with Ismail Merchant in the producer's directorial effort Cotton Mary (1999), but the British colonial drama did not match the success of Wilby's prior Merchant/Ivory work.Wilby subsequently appeared among the distinguished ensemble populating Robert Altman's Oscar-winning period piece Gosford Park (2001). As "upstairs" guest the Honorable Freddie Nesbitt, Wilby was a most dishonorable schemer and a possible murder suspect in Altman's witty anti-Merchant Ivory dissection of the British class system and its usual depiction in polished costume dramas and Agatha Christie murder mysteries.


Highest Rated Movies



13% ChickLit Geoffrey 2016
25% Shadows in the Sun Actor 2009
No Score Yet Lady Godiva Leofric Earl of Mercia 2008
No Score Yet Clapham Junction Actor 2007
No Score Yet Little Devil Actor 2007
No Score Yet Gradiva (C'est Gradiva qui vous appelle) Actor 2006
48% De-Lovely Edward Thomas $13.2M 2004
No Score Yet Island at War Actor 2004
No Score Yet Bertie and Elizabeth Bertie 2002
86% Gosford Park The Hon. Freddie Nesbitt $41.3M 2001
81% Jump Tomorrow Nathan 2001
36% Cotton Mary John 2000
60% Behind the Lines Siegfried Sassoon 1999
No Score Yet Tom's Midnight Garden Uncle Alan 1999
No Score Yet Regeneration Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Woman in White Sir Percival Glyde 1998
No Score Yet An Ideal Husband Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Treasure Seekers Henry Carlisle 1996
No Score Yet Witness Against Hitler Actor 1995
No Score Yet La partie d'échecs (The Chess Game) Lord Staunton 1994
94% Howards End Charles Wilcox $0.2M 1992
No Score Yet Adam Bede Lord Arthur Donnithorne 1992
No Score Yet Immaculate Conception Alistair 1992
No Score Yet Conspiracy Actor 1989
No Score Yet A Handful of Dust Tony Last 1988
No Score Yet A Summer Story Mr. Ashton 1988
90% Maurice Maurice Hall 1987
100% Dreamchild Baker 1985
No Score Yet Dutch Girls Dundine 1985
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Sparkling Cyanide' Actor 1983


No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
Edward Milton
  • 2018
No Score Yet Masterpiece
ACC Clive Deare Andrew Restarick Bertie James Door Hugh Mallory James Dorr
  • 2014
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2005
  • 2002
No Score Yet New Tricks
Peter Hammond
  • 2013
38% Titanic
Bruce Ismay
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inspector Lewis
Hugh Mallory
  • 2011
  • 2007
No Score Yet Mystery!
Alan Mills Maj. Cornwell Stanley Kirkwood
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Foyle's War
Maj. Cornwall
  • 2005
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1996