Where Have You Seen That Guy From CBS’ ‘Golden Boy’ Before?

Theo James in ‘Golden Boy’ (Photo: CBS)

In those ads for CBS’ Golden Boy, premiering tonight (February 26), you may have recognized a familiar British face. Who is that plummy-lipped actor, and where have you seen him before?

Well, the actor is Theo James. He may be best-known thus far for his short-lived role on Downton Abbey as the Turkish diplomat who deflowered Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and didn’t live to tell the tale. (That guest spot drove a tremendous amount of story on the series, leading to Mary’s blackmail by a wealthy suitor and delaying her romance with Matthew.)

But BBC AMERICA viewers know James as Jed Harper on the Supernatural Saturday series Bedlam, in which he played an oft towel-clad resident of a haunted apartment complex. His character had a “sixth sense” in that he could see ghosts. Imagine a grown-up Haley Joel Osment with a Bally’s membership:

Now James plays upstart NYC copper Walter Clark on Golden Boy, which has a handy device in which Clark narrates the story from seven years in the future, after he’s become the city’s youngest-ever police commissioner. Clearly, producers of the show aren’t going to let James’s abs go to waste:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bQVGiy6afk

Will you be watching Golden Boy?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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