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Stephan James
Stephan James
(born December 16, 1993) is a Canadian actor. For his role in the 2016 film Race, in which he played track and field sprinter Jesse Owens, James won the Canadian Screen Award
Canadian Screen Award
for Best Performance by an Actor
Actor
in a Leading Role.[1]

Contents

1 Early Life 2 Career

2.1 Early work 2.2 Breakthrough

3 Filmography

3.1 Film 3.2 Television

4 References 5 External links

Early Life[edit] Stephan James
Stephan James
was born in Scarborough, Toronto. He graduated from Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Jarvis Collegiate Institute
in 2009.[2] He is the younger brother of actor Shamier Anderson. Career[edit] Early work[edit] James got his start in television starring for two seasons in the long-running Canadian teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation. After leaving Degrassi, James played various supporting roles on television, including in How To Be Indie, Clue, and My Babysitter's a Vampire
My Babysitter's a Vampire
in 2011, and The Listener and The LA Complex in 2012. Also in 2011, he played a supporting role in the ABC Family
ABC Family
made-for-TV movie 12 Dates of Christmas.[3] Breakthrough[edit] James landed his first major feature film role playing opposite Tatyana Ali
Tatyana Ali
and Fefe Dobson
Fefe Dobson
in the Canadian film Home Again (2012), in which he played a Jamaican deportee.[4] Although the film received mixed reviews,[5][6][7] The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
gave James' performance a positive review, calling it "heartbreaking."[6] James garnered a Canadian Screen Award
Canadian Screen Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actor
Actor
at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards for his performance,[8] though he ultimately lost to Serge Kanyinda.[9] In 2013, James was cast as civil rights activist John Lewis in Ava Duvernay's Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
film Selma (2014), which went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.[10] When asked about the proposed "snubs" the film received from the Academy,[11][12][13] James said:

To me, I’ve always seen this film as a victory really, even before I saw the finished version. No award can amount to the way I feel about what we’ve done with this film. We’ve done something so relevant to our youth.[14]

In 2015, James guest starred in the CBC television mini-series The Book of Negroes, based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Lawrence Hill.[15] At the 2015 Toronto
Toronto
International Film Festival, James was named as one of TIFF's Rising Stars.[16][17][18][19] In celebration of Black History Month, James was named by CBC as one of their '6 Black Canadian Culture-Makers,' citing Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
as one of his biggest influences.[20] In 2016, James starred in the lead role of African-American track and field sprinter Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens
in the biopic Race (2016) opposite Jason Sudeikis, replacing Star Wars
Star Wars
star John Boyega.[21][22][23] For his role in Race, James won the Canadian Screen Award
Canadian Screen Award
for Best Performance by an Actor
Actor
in a Leading Role.[1] In 2017, James plays DOJ prosecutor Preston Terry in the critically acclaimed FOX limited series, Shots Fired.[24] That same year, it was announced that James will star in Barry Jenkins' film adaptation of the James Baldwin
James Baldwin
novel If Beale Street Could Talk.[25][26] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2012 Home Again Everton St. Clair Nominated – Canadian Screen Award
Canadian Screen Award
for Performance by an Actor
Actor
in a Supporting Role[27]

2014 Perfect Sisters Donny

The Dependables

When the Game Stands Tall Terrance G. "T.K." Kelly

Selma John Lewis Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male[28]

2015 Lost After Dark Wesley

Across the Line Mattie Slaughter

2016 Race Jesse Owens Won – Canadian Screen Award
Canadian Screen Award
for Best Performance by an Actor
Actor
in a Leading Role[29] Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor
Actor
in a Motion Picture[30]

2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2010 My Babysitter's a Vampire Jock Television film

2010–11 How to Be Indie Wilfred 3 episodes

2010–12 Degrassi: The Next Generation Julian Williams 8 episodes

2011 My Babysitter's a Vampire Jock #1 Episode: "Smells Like Trouble"

2011 Clue Dmitri 5 episodes

2011 12 Days of Christmas Michael Television film

2012 The Listener Ibrahim Ayim Episode: "The Taking"

2012 The L.A. Complex Infinite Jest 5 episodes

2013 Cracked Ben Omari Episode: "Faces"

2014 The Gabby Douglas Story John 16-18 Years Television film

2014 Apple Mortgage Cake William Logan Television film

2015 Unveiled Daniel Shepard Television film

2015 The Book of Negroes Cummings Shakspear Episode #1.5

2017 Shots Fired Preston Terry 10 episodes

References[edit]

^ a b "Tatiana Maslany and 'Orphan Black' win big at Canadian Screen Awards Toronto
Toronto
Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-08-25.  ^ "Race actor Stephan James
Stephan James
on the fast track to fame". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-04-08.  ^ "Stephan James". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "TIFF Capsule Review: 'Home Again'". Indiewire. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ DeMara, Bruce (2013-03-22). "Home Again, by writer/director Sudz Sutherland, portrays the lives of three deportees to Jamaica, a place they haven't seen since childhood". The Toronto
Toronto
Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ a b "Home Again: A very Canadian take on life and deportation". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "Home Again". www.rottentomatoes.com. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "Introducing the Canadian Screen Awards, and their 2013 nominees". Maclean's, January 15, 2013. ^ Barnard, Linda (2013-03-03). "Rebelle swept the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards, while TV's Flashpoint goes out with a bang". The Toronto
Toronto
Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ Child, Ben. "David Oyelowo: Selma's Oscars
Oscars
snub 'bothers me'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "Oscar voter defends 'Selma' snubs in racially-charged tirade". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ Squire, Aurin (2015-02-22). "Why 'Selma' Didn't Win Best Picture". New Republic. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "Why Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' Oscar Snub Matters". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ " Actor
Actor
Stephan James
Stephan James
goes big on historical dramas". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "5 Questions with Stephan James
Stephan James
of Selma". Scene Creek. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "Meet the four up-and-coming Canadian actors in TIFF’s Rising Stars program". The Globe and Mail, September 10, 2015. ^ Barnard, Linda (2015-09-03). "From Tatiana Maslany to Sarah Gadon, a look at five graduates of TIFF's Rising Stars program". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "TIFF Rising Star Stephan James
Stephan James
Talks Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens
Biopic 'Race'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "A Chat with TIFF Rising Star Stephan James
Stephan James
- Toronto
Toronto
Guardian". Toronto
Toronto
Guardian. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "CBC News - Black History Month: 6 black Canadian culture-makers". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 28, 2014). "'Star Wars' Hero John Boyega
John Boyega
to Be Replaced by 'Selma' Actor
Actor
in Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens
Biopic". thewrap.com. Retrieved July 28, 2014.  ^ "Race Trailer: Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens
Comes to Life in New Biopic". Slashfilm. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ " Stephan James
Stephan James
To Replace Star Wars' John Boyega
John Boyega
In Race". We Got This Covered. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ "Canadian Stephan James
Stephan James
stars in Shots Fired
Shots Fired
Toronto
Toronto
Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-05-29.  ^ Kroll, Justin (29 August 2017). "Barry Jenkins' New Film Casts 'Shots Fired' Star Stephan James
Stephan James
(EXCLUSIVE)". Variety (magazine). Retrieved 5 October 2017.  ^ Lee, Ashley (29 August 2017). "Barry Jenkins' James Baldwin Adaptation Casts 'Shots Fired' Star". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 October 2017.  ^ "Introducing the Canadian Screen Awards, and their 2013 nominees - Macleans.ca". Macleans.ca. Retrieved 2015-12-31.  ^ says, Gina (17 December 2014). "15th Annual Black Reel Awards Nominate a Spate of Familiar Faces". The Black Reel Awards. Retrieved 11 March 2017.  ^ "Juste la fin du monde remporte six prix aux Écrans canadiens". La Presse. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.  ^ "Beyoncé Leads the Pack of 2017 NAACP Image Awards Nominees". EW.com. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

Stephan James
Stephan James
on IMDb

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Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television award winners for Best Actor

Canadian Film Award 1968–1978

Gerard Parkes (1968) Chris Wiggins (1969) Doug McGrath and Paul Bradley (1970) Jean Duceppe (1971) Gordon Pinsent
Gordon Pinsent
(1972) Jacques Godin (1973) no award (1974) Stuart Gillard (1975) André Melançon
André Melançon
(1976) Len Cariou
Len Cariou
(1977) Richard Gabourie (1978)

Genie Award 1980–2011

Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1980) Thomas Peacocke (1981) Nick Mancuso
Nick Mancuso
(1982) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1983) Eric Fryer (1984) Gabriel Arcand (1985) John Wildman (1986) Gordon Pinsent
Gordon Pinsent
(1987) Roger Lebel (1988) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1989) Lothaire Bluteau
Lothaire Bluteau
(1990) Rémy Girard (1991) Tony Nardi (1992) Tom McCamus (1993) Maury Chaykin
Maury Chaykin
(1994) David La Haye (1995) William Hutt (1996) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1997) Roshan Seth (1998) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1999) Tony Nardi (2000) Brendan Fletcher (2001) Luc Picard (2002) Rémy Girard (2003) Roy Dupuis
Roy Dupuis
(2004) Michel Côté (2005) Roy Dupuis
Roy Dupuis
(2006) Gordon Pinsent
Gordon Pinsent
(2007) Natar Ungalaaq (2008) Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson
(2009) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2010) Mohamed Fellag
Fellag
(2011)

Canadian Screen Award 2012–present

James Cromwell
James Cromwell
(2012) Gabriel Arcand (2013) Antoine Olivier Pilon (2014) Jacob Tremblay
Jacob Tremblay
(2015) Stephan James
Stephan James
(2016) Nabil

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