James Bolam Biography

James Bolam (James Christopher Bolam) was born on 16th June 1935 in Sunderland, United Kingdom. He is an actor known for his role as Terry Collier in The Likely Lads.

James Bolam Age

  • He was born on 16th June 1935 (82 years as at 2017)

James Bolam TV Shows

  • 2003 – 2015: New Tricks
  • 1964 – 1966: The Likely Lads
  • 1976 – 1981: When the Boat Comes In
  • 1973 – 1974: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
  • Since 2009: Grandpa in My Pocket
  • 1985: The Beiderbecke Affair
  • 1979 – 1982: Only When I Laugh
  • 2002 – 2005: Born and Bred
  • 1988: The Beiderbecke Connection
  • 1987: The Beiderbecke Tapes
  • 1991 – 1994: Second Thoughts
  • Since 2000: Close and True
  • 1988: Andy Capp
  • 1967: Inheritance
  • Since 1986: Room At The Bottom (1986)
  • 1985 – 1988: The Beiderbecke Trilogy
  • Since 1987: Father Matthew’s Daughter
  • 2000: Pay and Display
  • 1977 – 1991: The Channel Four Show
  • Dirty Tricks

James Bolam Movies

  • 1999: The End of the Affair
  • 1962: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • 1964: Murder Most Foul
  • 1976: The Likely Lads
  • 1982: The Plague Dogs
  • 2003: To Kill a King
  • 1962: A Kind of Loving
  • 1997: The Missing Postman
  • 1996: Stella Does Tricks
  • 1975: In Celebration
  • 1997: The Island on Bird Street
  • 1971: Crucible of Terror
  • 1972: Straight On till Morning
  • 2009: The Last Days of Lehman Brothers
  • 1995: Clockwork Mice
  • 1968: Otley
  • 1967: Half a Sixpence
  • 2002: Harold Shipman: Doctor Death
  • 2000: It Was an Accident
  • 1983: Clash of Loyalties
  • 1999: Midsomer Murders: Death of a Stranger
  • 2000: Dirty Tricks
  • 1998: The Stalker’s Apprentice
  • 2012: Unconditional
  • 1994: Seaview Knights

James Bolam Rodney Bewes

James Bolam and Rodney Bewes co stared in The Likely Lads but they later fell off when Rodney revealed Bolam’s wife was pregnant in a 1976 newspaper interview. Rodney called and apologized but they never talked again.

‘I’m very poor so I have to tour one-man shows because Jimmy has buried The Likely Lads. You have to sign a waiver for them to repeat it and he stopped it while he did New Tricks [where he spent eight years as the former chief superintendent Jack Halford}.Well, New Tricks has been on so long, and is so repeated, that he must be very wealthy; me,
I’ve just got an overdraft and a mortgage.He should let it be repeated on BBC2 or BBC1; to stop other people earning money is cruel.’

James claimed that they never talked due to their busy schedules and not because of resentment. In 2010 Rodney claimed that Bolam had prevented the BBC from showing repeats of The Likely Lads.

‘There was no fall-out at all, as far as I was concerned.We worked together very happily and very well, enjoyed each other’s company and when we finished, we finished.This is what happens in acting. You work with people, you get to know them, you like them, we have a great time and the job finishes and you go off and it all starts again with other people and you can’t keep contact with everybody that you know.

‘I think that Rodney wanted to do some more Likely Lads and I never did, I felt that what we had done was to me so perfect and so right that to try and bring it back.After we finished it the writers went on to do Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and then they went off to America and the success of that series lay in the strength of those scripts.There
was some suggestion that we had other writers come in and I just thought ‘well, I don’t think it will work’ and so I didn’t want to do it, I was busy doing other things.’

James Bolam Family

James Bolam is married to Susan Jameson and they have a daughter Lucy.

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