James Patrick Buckley (born 14 August 1987) is an English actor and musician, best known for his role as Jay Cartwright in the British comedy series The Inbetweeners.

Early lifeEdit

Buckley was born in Croydon. At the age of two, he moved to Dagenham. He attended Beam Primary School. It was here, while taking part in school plays, that Buckley found out how much he enjoyed performing and started going to a stage school at the weekends from the age of seven. At age 11, Buckley began his first professional jobs in the West End shows Whistle Down the Wind and Les Misérables.


Buckley appeared in a Hellmann's advertisement in 2004. His stage credits include the West End musical Les Misérables as Gavroche and Whistle Down the Wind as Clarence.[1] As well as The Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners Movie and Rock & Chips, Buckley's other credits include an episode of Skins and episodes of The Bill, Holby City and Teachers.[2]

He also played the character of Fred in Off the Hook.[3] For Red Nose Day 2011, Buckley and his Inbetweeners co-stars went on a "rude road trip" and visited the rudest street names in the United Kingdom in 50 hours. In April 2011, Buckley received a BAFTA nomination for his role in The Inbetweeners. Buckley played the main character in the short film Veronique. He had a part in the film Everywhere and Nowhere, released in 2011. He reprised his role as Jay Cartwright in The Inbetweeners Movie, released 17 August 2011.

Buckley also does voice-overs utilising his distinctive accent. He recently worked with[4] to produce an explanatory animation for the website. Buckley is also the narrator on E4's show Little Box of Horrors. He starred in the music video for States of Emotion's track "The Unsung",[5] and also features on backing vocals and guitar on Steve Cradock's album Peace City West.[6] He appeared in a commercial for the mobile phone company Orange, with the cast of The Expendables 2. He recently voiced the Envirofone adverts. In 2012, he made his directorial debut when he directed a music video for Essex band The Milk. He also starred in the video. Most recently, James has acted as voiceover for children's travel brand, Trunki, in their first TV advertisement with Aardman.

Personal lifeEdit

Buckley married Scottish former model, Clair Meek, on 3 November 2012. The couple have two children, Harrison (October 2011) and Jude (August 2013). He is a fan of Crystal Palace.[7]



Year Film Role Notes
2002 Veronique Boy Short
2011 Everywhere and Nowhere Jamie
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Jay Cartwright
2013 Charlie Countryman Luke
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Jay Cartwright


Year Film Role Notes
2001 'Orrible Ryan Episode: "Two Men and a Bastard"
2004 Teachers John 2 episodes
2005 The Bill Tom Wilkinson Episode: "286"
2006 The Bill Joseph Rake Episode: "412"
2006 Holby City Ali Wilkinson Episode: "Better the Devil You Know"
2006 Baggy Trousers Neil Pilot
2007 Skins Simon Episode: "Michelle"
2007 Sold Wayne 1 episode
2008 The Bill Marcus Stepney Episode: "First Strike"
2008–2010 The Inbetweeners Jay Cartwright Main Role
Nominated – British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actor (2010)
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role (2011)
Nominated - Royal Television Society Award for Best Comedy Performance (2011)
2009 Off the Hook Fred Main Role
2010 Comedy Lab Rob Episode: "Filth"
2010 Rock & Chips Del Boy Main Role
2011 The Comic Strip Presents... Sergeant Episode: "The Hunt for Tony Blair"


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