James Dangerfield is an actor, singer and musician who has appeared on stage and film, performing Shakespeare, musical theatre, operetta and pantomime.

James spent the first half of 2017 filming; for Mike Leigh’s new feature Peterloo and short film Prawn. In August he appeared as Michael Gove in the Brexit The Musical, the sellout success of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In September his one man musical When You Fall Down, about the life of Buster Keaton, previewed to great reviews in London, before its US premiere in Michigan in October. In autumn he was back on the London stage, as Greg in When Midnight Strikes. This Christmas he is appearing at The Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon, as Muddles in Snow White.

When You Fall Down will be performed at Colston Hall in Bristol on 27th January 2018, as part of The Slapstick Festival. Tickets can be bought here.

Theatre includes: Henry in Henry V, Kate and Lucentio in The Taming of The Shrew, Orlando and Audrey in As You Like It, the violin-playing Old Green Grasshopper in James and The Giant Peach World Tour, Rufus in Bumblescratch (The Adelphi), 2 UK tours as Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Desmond in Cheri, Tom Ferrier in Free as Air, Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty, Fred in Captain Hacker’s Treasure, Brian McKinnery in Grit, Wishee Washee in Aladdin, Buttons in Cinderella and 7 seasons as Dandini in Cinderella.  James also created the on stage role of Buster Keaton in Sweet F.A, the story of silent movies.

Film & TV includes: Mayday alongside David Calder, Mr Swann in the KFC 2016 Christmas ad “Brexit Nativity” and D.O.N.T. music video.

Recordings include: Bumblescratch original cast recording and Free as Air, official London revival cast recording.

Concerts include: West End Live 2016.

Originally from the North West of England, James studied at Guildford School of Acting and has a degree in English Literature from Durham University. He is also a musician, playing the violin and piano. He is also interested in drawing, storyboard art and graphic design.

For more information, you can visit James on Spotlight.


  1. My 7 year old daughter thought you were the best part of the Cinderella panto in Worthing. She absolutely adored you. Thanks for a magical evening. 🙂 It was a shame that we were sat in the middle so, she didn’t get to hi 5 you but, she can’t stop talking about what a great time she had.

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