Lennie James is an extremely talented British actor, screenwriter, and playwright. While he wanted to be a professional rugby player, he developed an interest in acting after giving an audition for a play. He got his first breakthrough as Sol in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, which also starred Brad Pitt. He has acted in more than twenty films. Some of his memorable films include Les Misérables, Columbiana, and Snatch. He has appeared in several other movies such as 24 Hour Party People, Outlaw, Sahara and Lockout to name a few.
He has also appeared in many series on the television. One of James’s more significant roles is in the medical drama named critical where he played the character of Mr. Glen Boyle. His portrayal in the American television series Jericho as Robert Hawkins and as Detective Joe Geddes in Low Winter Sun has earned him praises. He is also widely praised for his acting in the famous AMC television series The Walking Dead as Morgan Jones.
Although he only makes guest appearances on the show, his character has a huge fan base. His work was so appreciated that he was made the part of the main cast in the sixth season of The Walking Dead. Apart from this, he has acted in numerous television series such as Buried, Spooks, Fallout, The Prisoner, Hung etc. He was critically acclaimed for his performance in BBC Two’s series Line of Duty.
The autobiographical TV film, Storm Damage, which was written by James in the year 2000, won the nominations for the Best Drama Series at the British Academy Television Award. He had also written a play The Sons of Charlie Paora that opened London’s Royal Court Theatre in the year 2004. It got a good reception from the audience.
Lennie James was born on 11 October 1965 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. He comes from an African-Trinidadian background. Unfortunately, he lost his mother Phyllis Mary James when he was just 10 years old. After that incident, rather than moving to America to reside with their relatives, he and his brother Kester James decided to live in a children’s home.
He grew up in South London with his brother. He stayed in foster homes for eight years in his childhood. Lennie James resides in Los Angeles, California with his longtime partner, Giselle Glasman. They have three daughters together, Romy, Celine, and Georgia. Two of his daughters are currently studying at Ivy League universities.
Education: Lennie James did his schooling from Ernest Bevin College. After completing school he attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to pursue his dream of being an actor. He graduated from college in the year 1988.
Lennie James Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $6.4 Million US Dollars
The total net worth of Lennie James is estimated at $6.4 million US dollars as of 2017. Most of his earnings come from playing the character of Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead.
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James has a four-bedroom detached house in Willesden Green, the northwest part of London. It has big rooms and high ceilings with a garden in front. He also owns a huge wooden house in LA, California near the sea.
He drives a Lexus hybrid in Los Angeles. He also has a Renault Megane Scenic and a Habana Retro scooter.
As per the reports, Lenny James is going to star in a new television series called, Gone for Sky Atlantic. It will also cast Stephen Graham and Surname Jones. James has himself written the story of the television series. This might indicate that his character, Morgan Jones is going to be killed off in The Walking Dead.
Lenny James has undoubtedly proved in incredible talent throughout his entire acting career. The way he made a name for himself in the acting industry coming from such a background, is truly inspiring. Growing up in foster care without parents has made a huge impact in his life and it is often reflected in the plays written by him. This is the reason why he devotes his time working for the betterment of the society. Especially, he works as a mentor to black inner-city children. Even after gaining fame, he hasn’t still forgotten his roots. He is still a humble person who likes to spend most of his time staying with family.