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James Bradshaw
Born (1976-03-20) 20 March 1976 (age 45)
Stamford, England
EducationBirmingham School of Acting

James Bradshaw (born 20 March 1976) is an English actor, known for his roles as Gordon Grimley in the Granada series The Grimleys, D.S Geoff Thorpe in Hollyoaks and Dr. Max DeBryn in Endeavour.


Bradshaw's television roles include parts in Mile High, Primeval, Heartbeat, the 2000 film Longitude, and Noah Claypole in Alan Bleasdale's 1999 adaptation of Oliver Twist, which starred Robert Lindsay. Bradshaw has worked at the Birmingham Rep, Hampstead Theatre, and the Royal National Theatre in House/Garden, directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. In 2006, he played Polly Tompkins in The Line of Beauty. In 2009, he joined the cast of Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

Bradshaw's film roles include appearances in Minotaur and Irish Jam. In 2008 he appeared as Mr Samgrass in the film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited.[1] In July 2011 he made a guest appearance as a surveyor in Coronation Street and as an environmental health inspector named Matthew Grindlay in EastEnders in November 2012. From November 2014 Bradshaw played the recurring role of DS Geoff Thorpe in Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, until DS Thorpe was killed off in March 2018.

Since 2012 he has performed the role of pathologist Dr. Max DeBryn in the ITV series Endeavour, the prequel series to Inspector Morse.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Minotaur Ziko
2006 Irish Jam Malachy McNulty
2008 Brideshead Revisited Mr Samgrass
2011 Recompense Cedric Short film
2012 Undefeated Mr Ward
2015 Convenience Clive
2018 Scenes From The Life Of A Priest Harold Short film
2019 The Car: Road to Revenge Yasha
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1997, 1999–2001 The Grimleys Gordon Grimley
1999 Oliver Twist Noah Claypole Episode 2
2000 Longitude Callboy
2001 In a Land of Plenty Simon Freeman 3 episodes
2003 Mile High Gary Episode 1.10
2004 The Afternoon Play Eric Episode: "Drive"
2004 Heartbeat Don Episode: "No Hard Feelings"
2005 Doctors Kevin Episode: "Doctor's Orders"
2006 The Line of Beauty Polly Tompkins 3 episodes
2007–2011 Primeval Duncun 4 episodes
2008 Doctors Ray Dillon Episode: "The Man Who Wasn't There"
2007 Casualty Alan Smith Episode: "Broken Homes"
2009 Garrow's Law Edgar Cole Episode 1.3
2011 Doctors James Episode: "My Hero"
Coronation Street Surveyor 1 episode
2012–present Endeavour Dr. Max DeBryn
2012 EastEnders Matthew Grindley 1 episode
2013 Lucan Charlie Benson
2014 Doctors Geoff Smith Episode: "The Wicca Man"
2015–2018 Hollyoaks D.S. Geoff Thorpe 75 episodes
2016 Close to the Enemy Mr. Emmanuel 3 episodes
2018 The Reluctant Landlord Gareth Episode: "Win, Lose Or Brewery" [2]
2020 Doctors Clive Keep Episode: "After Dark"


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
Violent Outing Rich Soho Theatre
2000 Terracotta Ian Hampstead Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre [3]
House & Garden Jake Mace Royal National Theatre [4]
2001–2002 The Wind in the Willows Mr Mole Birmingham Repertory Theatre [5][6]
2002–2003 The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins Vanessa Ford Productions [7]
2007 Plunder Oswald Veal Watermill Theatre, Greenwich Theatre [8]
2009–2010 Breakfast at Tiffany's Rusty Trawler Theatre Royal Haymarket [9]
2013–2014 Heather Gardner George Desmond Birmingham Repertory Theatre [10]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2000 Summer of Love Colin BBC Radio 4 [11]
2004 What Hetty Did Ted BBC Radio 4 [12]
2005 The Rotter's Club Ben Trotter BBC Radio 4 [13]


  1. ^ 'Brideshead Revisited' cast list
  2. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "James Bradshaw". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Tour archive for Terracotta (Play). 25th February 2000-25th March 2000 [TOUR]". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Archive for House at Lyttelton (National Theatre), London. 2000. [PLAY]". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Archive for Wind In the Willows at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham. 2001-2002. [KIDS SHOW]". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  6. ^ Aguinaldo. "WIND IN THE WILLOWS: Grahame, adapt Bennett, Bham Rep till 19 Jan 2002". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Tour archive for The Hobbit (Play). 1st October 2002-28th June 2003 [TOUR]". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Theatre review: Plunder at Greenwich Theatre". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Archive for Breakfast at Tiffany's at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London. 2009-2010. [PLAY]". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Archive for Heather Gardner at Old Rep, Birmingham. 2013-2014. [PLAY]". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Afternoon Play: Summer of Love at theBuena Vista, Margate". The Radio Times (3990). 10 August 2000. p. 113. ISSN 0033-8060. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  12. ^ "What Hetty Did". The Radio Times (4205). 21 October 2004. p. 131. ISSN 0033-8060. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  13. ^ "The Rotters' Club". The Radio Times (4217). 20 January 2005. p. 90. ISSN 0033-8060. Retrieved 26 February 2019.