James Norton (The Nevers) will return to reprise his role as Tommy Lee Royce in the long-awaited season 3 of BBC drama, Happy Valley. Season…
Born in London, James Norton, 37, studied theology at Cambridge University. In 2015, he was Bafta-nominated for his performance in Happy Valley, the BBC drama that is returning for a third series. His other television work includes War & Peace, Grantchester, McMafia, The Trail of Christine Keeler and The Nevers. His recent movies are Little Women, Nowhere Special and Rogue Agent, which is out on Netflix. He lives in London and is engaged to the actor Imogen Poots.
James Norton’s latest film, Nowhere Special, has a premise so tragic it should be completely unfillable. He plays John, a 35-year-old single father who is given a few months to live, and has to find a new family for his three-year-old son. Even before you factor in the incredible performance by Daniel Lamont, who was only four when the film was shot, it sounds too obviously a tear-jerker, especially from Uberto Pasolini, a director known for Still Life, a very finely drawn, understated film in 2013, which comes at death from a much more oblique angle.
Only a handful of episodes remain in the first half of HBO’s period fantasy The Nevers and it looks like the show plans to end, not with a whisper, but with a gun-powder-fueled, opium-spewing, orgy-hosting bang.
For some characters on The Nevers, the period fantasy series airing now on HBO, the battle of good versus evil plays out on epic sale, but for Hugo Swann it’s a more internal affair.
“The further I can get away from James the better,” Norton says of his constant desire to escape himself. “I’ve made an active effort to not play the classic romantic lead throughout my career. Every time I’ve come close to that, I try to make an active choice to take a totally oblique angle somewhere else. I recognise the risk of pigeon-holing and will always make every effort to avoid that.”
I talked about being blessed with someone like Gareth Jones, but Joss Whedon is a whole other type of blessing, but one which I’m very grateful to be able to experience. His mind is something extraordinary, and I’m in awe of it, with his creativity, energy, inquisitiveness and humility, all mixed in one. The man wields immense power intellectually and as a director, and yet hes the most humble, soft-spoken and self-deprecating person ion the set. I have a lot of love for Joss.
James Norton (The Nevers) has been cast in Netflix’s movie adaptation of Elizabeth Brundage’s novel, All Things Cease to Appear. The movie, entitled, Things Heard…