There is still another year to go before he hits his 25th birthday, but Scarborough’s Stephan James has already accomplished so much as a young actor. With 20 movies under his belt, James has portrayed revolutionary characters in films such as Selma, Home Again and Race, for which he won the 2016 Best Actor Canadian Screen Award for playing Jesse Owens, the controversial track and field sprinter.
Although the awards and accolades are wonderful, that wasn’t the initial reason James wanted to become an actor. As one of three boys to a single mother, James was inspired by his older brother, Shamir Anderson, to pursue acting. James saw the theatre as a place of confidence and enjoyed the concept of being someone else for a little while.
From his start at age 16-year-old, acting both in and outside of his high-school drama class to appearing on the big screen and silver screen, James is definitely a promising actor to watch for.