James Bolam

James Christopher Bolam, MBE (born 16 June 1935) is a British actor, best known for his roles as Jack Ford in When the Boat Comes In, Trevor Chaplin in The Beiderbecke Trilogy, Terry Collier in The Likely Lads and its sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Roy Figgis in Only When I Laugh, Dr Arthur Gilder in Born and Bred, Jack Halford in New Tricks and the title character of Grandpa in the children's BBC programme Grandpa in My Pocket. Bolam was born in Sunderland, County Durham, England, UK. His father, Robert Alfred Bolam, was from Northumberland and his mother, Marion Alice Durey, from County Durham. After attending Bede Grammar School, Sunderland, Bolam attended Bemrose School in Derby. He was formally trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and first appeared on screens in the early 1960s, initially in popular TV shows such as Z-Cars and the gritty northern films A Kind of Loving and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. He appeared along with John Thaw in the 1967 Granada TV serial, Inheritance. The Likely Lads made Bolam a star during its 1964 to 1966 run.


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