James Rossman is a young and talented actor with the world at his feet. After years of hard graft performing and studying since the age of eight James has impressed and secured a starring role in the UK Number One Tour of “Allo ‘Allo.” This could be a Huge year for James as he starts to ply his trade on the national stage.
When and how did you first get interested in your chosen talent?
It was at school when I was the tender age of 8. I participated in school musicals and showed promise so my parents enrolled me in a local stage school in Oxford. I went to acting singing and dance lessons at The Vera Legge school of performing arts.
Was it something you had to work hard at or did it come naturally?
It came very naturally to me, although I was a very shy youngster, finding something I was good at made me want to do it even more.
What level have you got yourself and your talent to so far?
I appeared on the Oxford stage in 1996 in "Pick Wick" the musical with Harry Seacombe and Ruth Madoc and later that year played Michael Darling in "Peter Pan" with Toyah Wilcox and Frank Finlay. During which time I played one of the princes locked in the tower in Shakespeare’s "Richard III" for Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) and Fleacance in "Macbeth", also for OUDS. I have been in various pantomimes at The Oxford Playhouse and recorded "Take My Wish" a song composed to publicise Oxfords Own Millennium Festival back in 2000. I was a member of The Musical Youth Company of Oxford where I played Oliver in "Oliver!" at The Oxford Playhouse, Dance Captain in "Me and My Girl" at The Oxford Playhouse and then Enjolras in "Les Miserables" at The Theatre in Headington.
After attending The Cherwell School and gaining my A-Levels I went to The Guildford School of Acting where I gained a BA Hons Degree in Musical Theatre in 2007. Whilst training I was lucky enough to perform in front of HRH The Queen and the Royal Family at the 2004 Festival of Remembrance which was televised on BBC. Since graduating I have played the Lead Comic in "Sleeping Beauty" (Pantomime) at The Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone, Kent. Played Kenneth Williams in a brand new musical called "The Boys In The Front Room" and I have recorded for English learning courses. I Teach Dance at Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Wantage as well as having a teaching post at GSA (Guildford School of Acting) Saturday School.
I am currently rehearsing for The UK Number One Tour of "'Allo 'Allo" in which I will be playing the role of Herr Flick. The cast includes original cast member Vicki Michelle and Jeffery Holland.
How would you best describe yourself?
Open minded and creative.
Who are your role models or who inspires you?
Any Actor prepared to show themselves and expose themselves to the art of performing.
What have been some of your highlights so far?
Dancing in Front of the Queen at The Royal Albert Hall. Going to The Guildford School of Acting and Graduating. Being on stage at any given opportunity!
How hard has it been to get where you are today?
Long days in training to dance and use your voice safely and reading loads of plays and listening to lots of musicals. Also having a lot of self discipline and the desire to want to succeed. I have been performing as an actor for 14 years now.
What do you want to accomplish with your talent?
To be able to perform on stage all the time and then to perform in The West End.... If I am lucky Broadway!
What are your plans for this year?
Touring with "'Allo "Allo" until 2009.
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