Beloved actor James Fleet has had a stellar TV and film career in a variety of roles on our screens over the years,
The 69-year-old actor shot to fame after his role in Richard Curtis’ 1994 British romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral, where he played the goofy and well-meaning Tom.
He was born in Wolverhampton before later moving to Scotland. He applied to drama school in Glasgow, funding his first year with a series of low-paying jobs, including stints at a fish factory, as a binman and a bus driver. He also worked at a construction site between acting jobs before he got his big break.
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After “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, Fleet appeared in numerous English productions, including the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility which reunited him with his Four Weddings co-star Hugh Grant.
Fleet also had a role in the 2004 film The Phantom of the Opera and appeared in many period films like the 2013 TV series Death Comes to Pemberley and the 2014 biopic Mr. Turner. More recently , Fleet starred in The Spy in 2018. Who Dumped Me.
On television, he is best known for playing the silly but kind Hugo Horton in the BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley alongside Dawn French. A role he played from 1994 until the show ended in 2020.
Actor Gary Waldhorn, who played Hugo’s father, David Horton, is only nine years older than James in real life.
Fleet also joined the 2020 Christmas specials where he reprized his role as the rambling but lovable character.
James has featured in numerous hit TV shows and films and even appeared on the long-running soap opera Coronation Street playing Robbie Sloane for seven episodes.
Viewers will also recognize him for playing Kevin’s father in the cult film Kevin and Perry Go Large, as well as roles in Skins, Bad Education, Death on the Tyne.
He also appeared on stage, notably in an RSC production of Twelfth Night.
James is married to fellow actress Jane Booker, whom he met when they co-starred in The Time Of Your Life. She is best known for her roles in Jeffrey Archer’s First Among Equals and as the Duchess of Broughton in Nanny.
She also appears in the most recent series of Call The Midwife.
“Our characters weren’t talking on stage, but we fell in love behind the scenes. I wasn’t confident enough to do anything, so she had to make the first move.”
Theirs. The pair discussed marriage weeks after meeting following a whirlwind romance and tied the knot in Stratford at the end of the RSC season. They share a son, Hamish.
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Speaking of the characters he became famous for, he once said:
“I guess like Hilary, Hugo, Ashley and Tom, I’ve never really been able to organize my life. That’s probably why people love them so much. They’re imperfect people who remember themselves. “
James Fleet is in Midsomer Murders tonight (Friday, January 28) at 8:30 p.m.
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