James Bolam is an English actor best known for his starring role as Jack Halford in the police procedural comedy-drama television series New Tricks, from 2003-2011.
Since making his name as loveable rogue Terry in The Likely Lads, Bolam's rarely been off television screens. He's appeared in comedies such as Only When I Laugh and Second Thoughts as well as a string of hit TV dramas.
James starred as Terry Collier in the 1960s sitcom The Likely Lads, alongside Rodney Bewes who played Bob Ferris. The duo returned to even greater popularity in the 1970s with Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?. They also appeared in a film version of the show in 1976.
Since then, he's found success in both comedy and drama, with credits including Only When I Laugh, The Beiderbecke Affair and Second Thoughts.
His other credits include Born and Bred, Bedtime and Shipman, the controversial drama about the serial killer in which he played the title role.
James previously worked with Born and Bred writer Chris Chibnall on the TV monologue Stormin' Norman. He played a London tube driver, reflecting on his career on the last day before he retires.
In 2000, he guest starred in a new audio adventure of the cult sci-fi series Doctor Who, released on CD. Called The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, he played Sir Archibald Flint with Colin Baker as The Doctor.
James stars alongside Bill Nighy in the BBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope's He Knew He Was Right.
He's married to actress Susan Jameson. The couple have starred together in several productions, including When The Boat Comes In and Close and True.