James Norton has had something of a turnaround in his career recently. Having made a memorable impact on audiences earlier this year when he played psychopathic kidnapper and killer Tommy Lee Royce in BBC’s Happy Valley, he is currently playing a more angelic role as an Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers in ITV’s Grantchester co-starring Robson Green.
Norton has been building an impressive resume over the last few years with credits including film, TV and theatre. On stage he has featured in Posh (2010), That Face (2010) and Journey’s End (2011). He has received critical acclaim for his performances. In a review of Journey’s En;, The Independent wrote “James Norton….is stunning”.
His TV credits have included guest appearances in Doctor Who (2013) co-starring Matt Smith, Blandings (2013) co-starring Jennifer Saunders and Death Comes to Pemberley (2013) co-starring Matthew Rhys.
Norton’s film credits include the Academy-award nominated An Education (2009) co-starring Carey Mulligan, Rush (2013) co-starring Chris Hemsworth and the upcoming Mr Turner (2014), co-starring Timothy Spall and directed by Bafta-award winner and Academy-award nominated Mike Leigh. The film has been gaining critical acclaim and is in the running to be Academy nominated this year.