James Sutton was born James Cook, 31 January 1983 and is an English television actor, best known for playing the parts of John Paul McQueen in the British Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and Ryan Lamb in the ITV soap Emmerdale.
He studied drama at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Prior to Hollyoaks’, he had roles in the Dream Team spin-off Dream Team 80s, playing Terry Glover, and in Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution X, playing a character called Barry Milne.
In September 2006 he joined the cast of Hollyoaks as John Paul McQueen. During this portrayal, his character came out as being gay and started having an affair with his best friend, Craig Dean. The storyline was nominated for, and won, many awards. He left the soap on-screen in September 2008. In James’s first post-Hollyoaks role, he guest starred as Eli Taylor who suffered from Narcolepsy and Cataplexy on the BBC series Casualty, in the episode titled ‘Doing The Right Thing’ which aired 13 December 2008.
On 23 March 2009, it was announced that he would join the cast of ITV1’s Emmerdale. James played the role of mechanic Ryan Daniel Lamb, son of newcomer Faye Lamb and already established character Mark Wylde. Ryan’s first appearance was on 15 June 2009.
On 8 February 2011, it was announced that James would leave Emmerdale after approximately two years in the show. His last day on the show was 18 March 2011. His last episode was aired on Tuesday 26 April 2011.
In 2011 James took on the role of Orsino from Twelfth Night in the BBC Learning project “Off By Heart Shakespeare” and delivered the speech “If music be the food of love, play on”.
James made a brief appearance in the second series of Bedlam on Sky Living together with Lacey Turner (EastEnders) in Spring 2012. His character was a paramedic called Andy.
James made a guest appearance in an episode of the BBC1 series Doctors on Friday 9 March 2012 “Firestarter”. He also made a guest appearances in the second series of the hit ITV1 drama series Scott & Bailey which returned to the screens on Monday 12 March 2012 and Holby City on BBC1.
James returned to Hollyoaks 18 December 2012.
In May 2012 James announced on Twitter that he had a new company “Broken Leg Workshops”. This is a company which runs pop-up workshops for new actors offering help and advice of the kind James wished he had received when he first entered the business. The first workshop was held in Liverpool, followed by Manchester and Leeds.