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James Wilby

Highest Rated:   100% Dreamchild (1985)
Lowest Rated:   0% ChickLit (2016)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% 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 La Mujer de Blanco
  • 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
92% 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
92% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • ACC Clive Deare Andrew Restarick Bertie James Door Hugh Mallory James Dorr
  • 2014
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2005
  • 2002
No Score Yet New Tricks
2003-2013
  • Peter Hammond
  • 2013
38% Titanic
2012
  • Bruce Ismay
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inspector Lewis
2007-2015
  • Hugh Mallory
  • 2011
  • 2007
No Score Yet Foyle's War
2002-2015
  • Maj. Cornwall
  • 2005

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