About James

My name is James Larkin. I trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and have been a Director and Actor for 30 years. I have had the honour of working with many of the greats from the British Film, Television and Theatre Industries – Dame Judi Dench, Mark Rylance, Emma Thompson, Sam Mendes, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sir Michael Gambon to name a few, and on both sides of the camera. I have acted in countless Award Winning British Theatre productions – touring the World, the UK, and in London’s West End – and have also starred in many UK Television productions: I’ve written and directed Award winning Shorts, Features and Commercials, and directed many many hours of high end British and American TV.

My main fascination has always been with actors on screen, and what it is that draws us to certain performances, and not to others.

I believe I’ve found the answer.


The Workshop

Do you find auditions terrifying? Are you not getting the bookings from your self tapes? Do you wonder why, when you make it onto set, what you thought was your best performance doesn’t make the cut?

As a Director and Actor I have sat through hundreds of hours of live auditions, self tapes, and worked on many film sets in front of and behind the camera. Everything from big budget movies, to low budget independent films, TV Films, short films, TV soap opera, Serial TV, music ads and commercials and Theatre. I’ve witnessed time and time again what goes wrong.



“I directed James as an actor, and he never failed to impress me with his incredible eye for even the most detailed nuances. His understanding of his fellow actors and his ability to bring out the best performances from those around him was second to none.”

Dame Judi Dench.