James Doherty (actor)

James Doherty (born 17 December 1966) is an English actor.

James Doherty
Born (1966-12-17) 17 December 1966
Years active1990 - Present
Spouse(s)Joanna Sinnott (Children, Jago Doherty & Nell Doherty)

Life and career

Born in Guildford, Surrey, he was educated at Felsted School in Essex and was a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He trained at the Guildford School of Acting [1] Graduating in 1989. He is married to TV presenter Joanna Sinnott and together they have two children, Jago & Nell.

Doherty is best known for his appearances in TV comedy including roles in The Thick Of It, Rev, Miranda, Watson & Oliver, Mongrels and A Touch Of Cloth and Is Harry on the Boat?. His work in feature films includes roles in Backbeat, Verity's Summer,[2] Inbred, Deviation and the Oscar nominated In the Loop.

He has also appeared in West End musicals including roles in, Les Misérables,[3] The Buddy Holly Story, A Slice of Saturday Night and Marguerite. Doherty played the role of Amos Hart in the West End production of Chicago [4] at the Cambridge Theatre[5] in 2011 opposite Christie Brinkley. He later reprised this role when the show transferred to the Garrick Theatre playing opposite America Ferrera.

In the summer of 2012 Doherty appeared in London Road at the National Theatre.



Year Title Role
1994 Backbeat Tony Sheridan
2007 The Man Who Would Be Queen Hugo
Too Much Too Young James Coldwell
2008 David and David (short) Will/Craig/David
2009 City Rats Trevor
In The Loop TV Reporter
2012 Verity’s Summer Jim
Inbred Jeff
Deviation Jono
Anonymous (short) Tom
The Forgotten Martin
Closed Forman
2013 Closed Circuit


Year Title Role
1991 2 Point 4 Children - BBC Pete
1990 In Sickness and In Health - BBC Mr Rice
1995 Carmen Don Hose
1996 The Jack Dee Show Gail Tuesday's Grant
1998 The Bill - Thames Television PC Coles
1999 Dad Xmas Special - BBC PC Atkinson
Hippies - BBC Film Director
2000 Hotel Getaway - Granada Hotel Manager (Regular)
Bob Martin - Granada Tony
The Wyvern Mystery - BBC Mick
2001 The Slightly Filthy Show - LWT Various
Small Potatoes (Series 1 and 2) Hat Trick - Channel 4 Giles (Regular)
Night and Day - Granada Vincent Ellis
EastEnders - BBC Randall
The Jury - Granada Television David Hinde
Footballer's Wives - ITV Larry Gold Shed
Peak Practice - Carlton Television Alan Reeves
2002 The Royal - Yorkshire Television Philip Sutton
Holby City - BBC Gareth Alty
Is Harry On The Boat (Series 1 and 2) - Rapido/Sky One Brian Simms (Regular)
2003 Doctors - BBC Jimmy Marshall
2004 According to Bex - BBC James
The Bill - Talkback Thames Ray Allenby
2005 All About George - Granada Michael
The Thick Of It – BBC Steve
2006 Doctors - BBC Andy Shaw
Casualty - BBC Bill Forrest
2007 Genie in the House Fender Nickelodeon
2008 EastEnders - BBC Saul
Katy Brand's Big Ass Show - ITV Various (Series Regular)
2009 Londoners - TVP1 Poland Alvin Fox (Series Regular)
2010 Mongrels – BBC3 Dale
Rev – BBC2 Rod Sellix
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret – RDF/Channel 4 MP
Doctors - BBC DS Doug Ray
Miranda - BBC Policeman
2011 The Royal Bodyguard – Hat Trick Productions Palace Footman
2012 Watson & Oliver - BBC Various Characters (Regular)
A Touch of Cloth (Television Movie)- Zeppotron/ Sky Pete Pretzel
Naked House - ITV1 Gavin
2013 Our Men – BBC2/Big Talk Kevin
PhoneShop - Channel 4 Copper
Count Arthur Strong – BBC2 City Gent
Coronation Street - ITV Andy Wolfe
Waterloo Road – BBC1/Shed Productions Martin Johnson
Miranda (Series 3) - BBC PC Davis
Watson & Oliver (Series 2) – BBC2 Various Characters


Year Title Role
1991 A Slice of Saturday Night – Arts Theatre Gary
1992 The Rocky Horror Show - UK Tour Brad/Eddie
1994 Buddy - UK & Toronto Norman Petty
1997 Saucy Jack – Queen’s Theatre Jack
Joey'n Gina's Wedding – Cafe Royal Frankie Night
1998 Separate Tables - King’s Head Theatre Jack
Harlequinade – King’s Head Theatre Charles
1998 Les Miserables – Palace Theatre Grantaire
2001 Gangster No 1 – King’s Head Theatre Title Role
2005 House and Garden – Harrogate Theatre Giles Mace
2006 Teachers – Haymarket Theatre Mr Nixon
2007 Teenage Kicks - Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival John Walters
2008 Marguerite – Theatre Royal Haymarket Saurel
2009 Super Alice Smith – Trafalgar Studios Joe King/ Ken Bright
2011 Chicago – Cambridge Theatre Amos Hart
2012 Chicago – Garrick Theatre Amos Hart
London Road - National Theatre Terry


  1. "The Guildford School of Acting". GSA. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  2. "Verity's Summer". Verity's Summer. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  3. "Les Miserables (musical)". Les Miserables. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  4. "Amos Hart in Chicago the musical". www.chicagothemusical.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  5. "Cambridge Theatre". Cambridge Theatre London. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
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