James Norton

Quick Facts

Birth Date July 18,1985
Full Name James Norton
Profession actor
Nationality British
Ethnicity English, Scottish and Irish
Birth City London
Birth Country United Kingdom
Father Name Hugh B Norton
Father Profession teacher
Mother Name Lavinia J Norton
Mother Profession Teacher
Horoscope Cancer
Marital Status Relation
Height 185 cm
Weight 85 kg
Networth 6
Sibilings Jessica Norton
Education Ampleforth College, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

If you’re familiar with the British TV series Happy Valley, then you’ve obviously heard James Norton‘s name. He is an English theater and movie actor who plays an ex-convict, Tommy Lee Royce, in the show.

Since Happy Valley, James’s popularity has further increased with projects such as GrantchesterMcMafia, and Little Women. Also, the 35-year-old is rumored to be the next James Bond.


James Geoffrey Ian Norton, also known as James Norton, was born to a family of teachers on July 18, 1985, in London, England. His father, Hugh B. Norton, was a lecturer at Hull School of Art and Design, while his mother, Lavinia J. Norton, worked as a teacher in a secondary school. Jessica Norton, his younger sister, is a physician.

Hugh, Norton’s father, enjoys acting as well, and now that he is retired, he frequently works as an extra in his son’s films. Audiences are growing increasingly receptive to his appearances, and he is becoming as a celebrity in his own right.

Hugh Norton and James Norton.
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Norton is one-sixth Ashkenazi Jewish and has English, Irish, Scottish, Cornish, and other origins. He is distantly connected to former UK Prime Minister David Cameron on his mother’s side. He is also the Great-grandson of Vice-Admiral Horace Geoffrey Norman, an Allied Warship Commander, and Hugh Ross Norton, the Archdeacon of Sudbury.

James was born in London, but his family relocated to North Yorkshire when he was very little, so he spent most of his childhood there. He first attended Bramcote Prep School before transferring to independent Roman Catholic (Benedictine) boarding school Ampleforth College. After finishing high school, he majored in theology at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, where he received a First Class Honours degree in 2007.


James Norton started acting at a young age and later took part in community theater and school productions. He wanted to work in show business, but first he wanted a college degree in a field he was passionate about. As a result, he delayed starting his acting career after high school until he had finished college in 2007.

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, graduate Norton enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Interestingly, he did not complete his studies at RADA because he left the school just six months before his diploma was due due to an acting commitment.

James Norton with his “HappyValley” co-star.
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The 2009 teen film An Education marked the debut of the London native. Before getting the role of Tommy Lee Royce in the television series Happy Valley, he appeared in a number of films and TV shows after that in small roles. He quickly rose to fame once the show became an overnight success.

With outstanding performances in films like McMafia, Grantchester, and Little Women, the actor’s fame grew even more during the ensuing years. The precise sum of Norton’s wealth is unknown. But it’s thought to be around $3 million. He purchased a home in London’s Peckham neighborhood in 2014.


James Norton made a screen debut in 2009 when he played a bit part in the melodrama An Education. The novice actor portrayed the boyfriend of young cellist Jenny (Carey Mulligan), but the woman broke up with him to date a new boyfriend, David (Peter Sarsgaard).

The film received positive reviews from film critics and won a BAFTA Award. In the USA, the movie was nominated for an Oscar. It played a crucial role in the career of the British actor. The cast, including James Norton, attracted the deserved attention of viewers and directors. But the actor was in no hurry to accept offers.

Next time Norton appeared on the screen only in 2012 in the romantic comedy Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, where he played the role of Owen, and the action-packed drama Restless, where he portrayed the character, Kolia. In the series Inspector George Gently, the actor appeared as James Blackstone. The film, which was broadcast for five seasons on BBC One, told about the elderly police officer, Gently (Martin Shaw), investigating the serial killer case.

In 2013, the actor’s filmography included six movies. In the high-rated series Doctor Who, Norton appeared as Onegin in the episode entitled Cold War. James also starred in the comedy Blandings, where he appeared as Jimmy Belford.

Is James Norton the Next James Bond?

James Norton is one of the actors who could take Daniel Craig’s position in the upcoming James Bond film. In fact, a lot of people are betting heavily on Norton because they believe he meets all the requirements to succeed Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. The 35-year-old actor said the rumors about him being the next 007 are strange but yet rather gratifying when asked about them.

It won’t be until the newest Bond film is released that the next James Bond will be revealed. The movie’s original release date was set for 2020, however COVID-19 lockdowns forced a delay. September 2021 is the anticipated release date for the movie.

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Are James Norton and Imogen Poots Still Dating?

Actress Imogen Poots and actor James Norton are still going strong. When they both participated in a Belleville play at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2017, the couple first got to know one another.

It’s interesting to note that Norton was dating actress Jessie Buckley at the time of filming. Before he began dating Poots, he reportedly split up with Buckley.

James and Jessie Buckley, his ex-girlfriend
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When they showed up together on the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Norton and Poots made their relationship known to the public. The couple has kept their relationship largely under wraps ever since. The couple seldom ever posts photos of one another on social media.

However, Norton and his girlfriend are maintaining their relationship out of sight. The couple has been residing together in Norton’s London home as of April 2020. Before then, Poots divided her time between London and New York, thus the couple had a long-distance romance.