A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art in London, James started his career working with legendary film director Ken Russell on films such as Lady Chatterley for the BBC, as well as collaborating with the director on Operas for the English National Opera and Bonn’s Opera House.
James was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Production Design for his work on The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and also designed Sense and Sensibility and Little Dorrit for UK’s BBC. He also earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction and another BAFTA nomination for his work on Little Dorrit.
Feature films designed by James include Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock, Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea; Austenland, directed by Jerusha Hess; and Effie Gray, written by and starring Emma Thompson, and directed by Richard Laxton. His most recent films are A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet, which has been selected as the closing film for the 2014 Toronto Film Festival; and David Koepp’s Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp.