Australian actor James Frecheville is best known in the UK for his recent starring roles in the hit BBC dramas Peaky Blinders and The Pursuit of Love. He appeared as new character Jack Nelson in Series 6 of Peaky Blinders which aired in 2022, and as Christian Talbot in The Pursuit of Love in 2021.
James had his big break when cast as Joshua ‘J’ Cody in the Academy Award & Golden Globe nominated crime drama film Animal Kingdom in 2010. The film also won a number of awards on the Festival circuit including at Sundance and Santa Barbara. James earned nominations for Best Actor from the Australian Film Institute and Film Critics Circle of Australia for his performance.
He went on to star in a number of films including the romantic drama ‘Adore’ starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, in which he played Naomi’s love interest Tom, the comedy drama ‘About Scout’ in which he played a suicidal man embarking on a road trip with a young girl and romantic comedy ‘The First Time’ which received a Sundance Festival nomination in 2012.
Other film highlights include starring opposite Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini in ‘The Drop’ which won a number of awards on the Film Festival circuit, as well as the crime drama ‘I.T.’ playing a rogue IT consultant who is fired by Pierce Brosnan’s character and goes on to make his life hell.
More recently, in 2021, he starred as Australian runner Ron Clarke in the Czech film ‘Zatopek’ about the greatest Czech athlete of all time. The film won a number of awards at the Czech Lions as well as a number of nominations on the independent film festival circuit including Palm Springs and Phoenix. Also in 2021 he appeared in ‘Creation Stories’, a Sky Original drama directed by Nick Moran and written by Irvine Welsh about the infamous Glaswegian Head of Creation Records, Alan McGee.
He had a major role in the award winning Australian film ‘The Dry’. The film, which starred Eric Bana and was based on the novel by Jane Harper, won 4 AACTA (Australian Academy) Awards in 2020. Prior to that, in 2018, he starred as the lead in the IFTA (Irish Academy) winning period drama film ‘Black 47’, set during the Irish Great Famine of 1847. The film also starred Jim Broadbent and Freddie Fox, with James playing Martin Feeney, an Irish ranger who had been fighting for the British Army abroad who returns home to the tragedy that has hit his family and country.
He has also appeared in a number of high profile TV shows including ‘New Girl’ and Amazon’s Emmy winning ‘Transparent’. He also starred in the 6-part award winning BBC/Netflix fantasy drama series ‘Requiem’ alongside Richard Harrington, Sian Reese-Williams, Lydia Wilson and Claire Rushbrook.
James has a soft native Australian accent which he can strengthen easily and cover a variety of regions. His accent range is extensive and includes Southern Irish (Black 47), American (Boston in Peaky Blinders, New York in The Drop, Generic American in IT) and RP/Neutral (Pursuit of Love).
Masters of the Air (TV, 2023) – Veal, Apple TV
Peaky Blinders (TV, 2022) – 'Jack Nelson', BBC One, Series 6
Zatopek (Film, 2021) – 'Ron Clarke', Lucky Man Films/Česká Televize
The Pursuit of Love (TV, 2021) – 'Christian Talbot', BBC One
Creation Stories (Film, 2021) – 'Troy', Burning Wheel
The Dry (TV, 2020) – 'Jamie Sullivan', Pacific Standards
Black 47 (Film, 2018) – 'Martin Feeney', Fastnet Films
Requiem (TV, 2018) – 'Nick Dean', BBC/Netflix
I.T. (Film, 2016) – 'Ed Porter', Voltage Entertainment
About Scout (Film, 2015) – 'Sam', Reel Red Films/Breaking Glass Pictures
The Drop (Film, 2014) – 'Fitz', Fox Searchlight Pictures
Transparent (TV, 2014) – 'Patrick', Amazon Studios, Series One
New Girl (TV, 2014) – 'Buster', Fox/Channel 4, Series 3
Adore (Film, 2013) – 'Tom', Gaumont Films
The First Time (Film, 2012) – 'Ronny', Samuel Goldwyn Films
Animal Kingdom (Film, 2010) – 'Joshua 'C' Cody', Madman Entertainment
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