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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 16 June 1935Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England, UK
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Bolam was born on June 16, 1935 in Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England. He is known for his work on Grandpa in My Pocket (2009), New Tricks (2003) and When the Boat Comes In (1976). He is married to Susan Jameson. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Susan Jameson (? - present) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Was roommates with Marc Bolan in the '60s.
Was the true inspiration for Marc Bolan's name, not Bob Dylan as reported.
He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to Drama.
According to Monica Dickens' autobiography "An Open Book", James Bolam, who was a keen horseman, brought her novel "Cobbler's Dream" to the attention of Yorkshire Television, leading to the TV series Follyfoot (1971).
His father died when he was young.
His family left the North east when he was age 12 and moved to Derby.
He trained at RADA.
Billinghurst, West Sussex, England [June 2009]
While being married to Susan Jameson in real life in the television series 'New Tricks', in which they both appeared, she played the wife of Brian Lane played by Alun Armstrong.
In the episode "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner", several references are made to Terry (James Bolam) resembling "Andy Capp" (a popular newspaper comic strip about a gambling, drinking layabout and his long suffering wife). 15 years later, Bolam would play Andy Capp in a short-lived ITV sit-com.

Personal Quotes (4)

The Likely Lads has lasted because the characters struck reality. People could identify with them. Mothers could identify with sons, and sons could identify with themselves. The series works so well because there's an underlying truth about it all. That's why classics are classics. When you watch Laurel and Hardy, there's a fundamental truth about them, a believability which I never find with Chaplin. In the same way, you can believe in Bob and Terry.
One should be judged not by what one is, but by what one does. Also, the media encourage the notion that you are like your parts. Does that mean that you can't play Macbeth unless you go out and murder someone, or that you can only play Hamlet if you don't like your mother? It's just acting.
I'm having some new track rods fitted on my car. I don't want to know anything about the man who's doing it. Why should he want to know about me?
In this business, you do one job and then move on. You wipe everything else out - you have to. You can't live in the past.

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