Emmy award winning documentary cameraman, specialising in natural history and filming from ropes at height in any environment. Starting out as an assistant on Hollywood productions, James was then trained in-house by the BBC Natural History Unit, and has spent the last 20 years working regularly with the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery.
Long lens animal behaviour, presenter-led sync, aerial cable-cam systems and high-level technical rope access are his core skills. Highly experienced at working in remote wilderness locations, James is particularly passionate about filming in the rainforest canopy and has completed 80+ expeditions to the jungle where he prides himself on an ability to work effectively and safely as a friendly member of any team.
He’s been fortunate to work on many acclaimed productions along the way, including numerous David Attenborough projects (such as Life of Mammals, Life in the Undergrowth & Planet Earth) and has been BAFTA / RTS award nominated several times. Other presenters he has worked with include Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Steve Backshall, Chris Packham, Kate Humble, Bill Oddie and Mark Evans.
Alongside his film work he also presents programmes for BBC Radio, and is author of the book The Man Who Climbs Treespublished by Penguin Random House 2017.