Geraldine James Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 27 Jan, 2020
Facts of Geraldine James
Date of Birth: 1950 , July-6
Age: 71 years old
Birth Nation: England
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Geraldine James
Father Gerald Thomas
Mother Annabella James
Nationality British
Birth Place/City Maidenhead, Berkshire
Ethnicity White
Profession Actress
Working For Film, TV shows
Net Worth $250 thousand
Married Yes
Married to Joseph Blatchley
Children One
Education Drama Centre London
Awards Venice Film Festival and Drama Desk Award
Movies The Sweeney, Dummy, Inspector Morse, The Sins, and Little Britain
TV Show The Dumb Waiter, Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, Rogue One
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Geraldine James is an English actress who first came to limelight after playing the role of Sandra in the television film, Dummy, for which she received four nominations for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress. She also portrayed Portia in the 1989 Broadway revival of The Merchant of Venice, for which she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play.

Drama Centre London Graduate

Geraldine James was born on July 6, 1950, in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. She holds British nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity.

James is the daughter of Gerald Thomas and Annabella James. Her father was a cardiologist while her mother was a homemaker. 

Geraldine attended the Downe House which is a girls' independent school in New Bury, Berkshire. In 1973, she graduated from the Drama Centre London. After that, she pursues her career in repertory theatre.

Acting Career

Geraldine James started her acting career in 1976 with the role of Shirley Glass in television police drama The Sweeney. She played the iconic role of Sandra in the drama TV movie Dummy in 1977. 

James was cast as Barbara Kirk in The History Man in 1980. In the following year, she acted as Emma Hamilton in I Remember Nelson. In 1984, he starred as Sarah Layton in the TV series The Jewel in the Crown.

Her other early projects include Blott on the Landscape, Inspector Morse, and A Doll's House. From 1995 to 1997, she was cast in the television crime drama series Band of Gold.

Geraldine James in Alice in Wonderland SOURCE: Pinterest

In 2000, James landed the role of Gloria Green in the BBC's The Sins. The actress portrayed Mrs. Pincher, the breastfeeding mother, in sketch comedy Little Britain in 2004.

Similarly, Geraldine got the significant role of Mrs. Hudson in the period mystery action film Sherlock Holmes in 2009. The next year, he appeared as Lady Ascot in the fantasy adventure film Alice in Wonderland

Later in 2011, James reprised her role in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Likewise, she reprised her role in James Bobin's Alice Through the Looking Glass in 2016. The same year, she featured in Gareth Edwards' Rogue One. 

In 2019, Geraldine acted in comedy-drama Back to Life and historical period drama film Downton Abbey.

Estimated Net Worth of $250 Million

Geraldine James has added a good amount of wealth from her profession as an actress. According to some tabloids, the 5 feet 7 inch-tall actress has an estimated net worth of $250 thousand, as of January 2020.

James has appeared in several box office hit movies. Some of them are listed below with their budgets and collections.

Movie  Year Budget Box Office Cast
Gandhi 1982 $22 million $127.8 million Candice Bergen and Edward Fox
Calendar Girls 2003 $10 million $96.5 million Helen Mirren and Linda Bassett
Sherlock Holmes 2009  $90 million $524 million Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law
Alice in Wonderland  2010 $200 million  $1.025 billion Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 $90 million $232.6 million Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 $125 million $545.4 million Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris
Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 $170 million $299.5 million Mia Wasikowska and Alan Rickman
Rogue One  2016 $265 million $1.056 billion Felicity Jones and Diego Luna
Downton Abbey  2019 $20 million $192.3 million Jim Carter and Maggie Smith

Married To Joseph Blatchley

Dummy actress, Geraldine James, 69, is a married woman. She tied the knot with Joseph Blatchley in June 1986 in an intimate wedding ceremony. Her husband is an actor and director well known for his role in The Flight of the heron, Incognito and the Voyage of Charles Darwin

Actress Geraldine James with her husband Joseph Blatchley SOURCE: Getty Images

The couple has one child, a daughter, together. The family of three happily resides in London.


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