• He attended St. Martin’s Prep School and the prestigious private Harrow School.
• He graduated from the University of York with a bachelor's degree in English and Related Literature.
• He is best known for his role as Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica”.
• He has a net worth estimated at $750,000.
• He is 5ft 8ins (1.73ins) tall with a slim body built, long brown hair, and dark eyes.

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Short Info

Net Worth$750 thousand
Date Of BirthJune 4, 1971
SpouseNeha Callis
FactHe is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent.


Actors who land roles in big sci-fi titles are often known to gain instant worldwide fame. This happened to James Callis, who you might also remember as the best friend of inspiring Bridget Jones. But do you know whether or not this actor is married? Also how much money he’s earned from his big appearances?

Early life and Education

James Nicholas Callis was born on 4 June 1971, in Hampstead, London England, where he was raised by parents who owned a bed and breakfast lodging establishment. He is of Polish and Russian-Jewish descent, but has British nationality. He has two sisters, Sarah and Sophie Callis, but it isn’t disclosed whether they are older or younger siblings.

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Callis attended St. Martin’s Prep School located in an area of London called Northwood, and then went to the prestigious private Harrow School. After matriculating, he enrolled at the University of York. and graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Related Literature. During his studies he was a rugby player for Derwent College. While a student, he also became involved in acting, writing and directing, becoming one of the members of the Gilbert and Sullivan acting society at the University, and learned to play guitar and piano. Callis appeared in several productions that were staged by his friends at Cambridge University, one of them being “The Dumb Waiter” by Harold Pinter.

After graduating, he did some acting training at the London Academy of Music and Drama Arts (LAMDA), the oldest drama school in the UK.


Callis made his TV debut in 1996, when he landed the role of Major Tim Forrester, a recurring character for the sixth season of the TV series “Soldier Soldier”. That same year he had a small role in the TV crime series, “Murder Most Horrid”. 1996 was also a successful year for his career in theatre, as he won the Jack Tinker Award by Theatre Record Critic of the Year in the category of Most Promising Newcomer for his acting in Jon Maran’s two-hander called “Old Wicked Songs”, in the Gielgud Theatre in London.

James Callis

He had several minor roles in various TV series, such as “A Dance to the Music of Time”, “Heat of the Sun” and “Ruth Rendell Mysteries”, before being cast as a recurring character in another short-lasting TV series, “Sex, Chips and Rock n’ Roll” in 1999, but that same year he was also cast in “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “Surety”. In 2000 he portrayed Prince Ahmed in the TV mini-series “Arabian Nights”, and the following year made his directorial debut with “Beginner’s Luck”, that he co-produced with Late Night Pictures and Angel Eye Film and Television, owned by Nick Cohen. The film flopped with the critics, but ran for three weeks in one central London’s cinema, and can still be found in the Icon Catalogue.

That same year, he portrayed Tom in the famous romantic feature film, “Bridget Jones Diary”, alongside Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant, and reprised his role in the sequel, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” in 2004.

In 2003, he landed the recurring role of Gaius Baltar in the sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica”,  remaining in the show for its five seasons until it ended in 2009, and gaining worldwide recognition. He also reprised the role in the TV movie of the same name in 2007, and appeared in the “Late Show with David Letterman”.

For his portrayal of Baltar, he won the 2006 Saturn Award in the Best Supporting Actor category, as well as an AFI award.

In 2010 he joined the cast of the TV comedy series “Eureka”, alongside Colin Ferguson and Erica Cerra. He portrayed Dr. Trevor Grant, a time traveler that from the year 1947 in the fifth season of the show, and briefly returned as a guest in one episode in the final, eighth season. That same year he was cast as Gabriel McDow in the ABC sci-fi series “Flashforward”, and landed a the titular role in the TV film “Merlin and the Book of Beasts”.

He had a guest role in several episodes of the famous TV series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2013 and 2014, and a recurring role as Lucien Sayer in the 2014 TV series “Matador”, starring Gabriel Luna and Neil Hopkins. In 2015, he had recurring roles in two TV series, “Gallipoli” and “A.D. The Bible Continues”, and also provided the voice of the guest character in the animated TV series “Rick and Morty”, in the episode called “The Wedding Squanchers”.

In 2016, he once again reprised the role of Tom in another “Bridget Jones” sequel, “Bridget Jones’s Baby”, and that same year co-starred in Kenneth Kokin’s thriller, “Blood Moon”.

Next year, he landed another voice acting role, this time voicing the main character, vampire hunter Alucard, in the English dub of the Japanese animated TV series “Castlevania” – as of May 2020, he is still continuing the role.

Most recently Callis played President Lincoln in the 2019 TV movie “Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History”, and co-starred in Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia’s action TV series, “Blood and Treasure”.

Personal Life

Callis married his long-term girlfriend Neha in December 1998. They have three children together, sons Sacha and Joshua Amaan born in 2003 and 2009, respectively, and daughter Anika Jahan Callis, who was born in 2005. His wife is of Indian ancestry.

Callis prefers to keep his life private and away from the spotlight. Not much is known about his personal life – he doesn’t have any official profiles on social media such as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Net Worth

Callis is a successful actor who is loved by many sci-fi fans for his portrayal of Dr. Gaius Baltar in the re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica”. As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at around $750,000.

Physical characteristics

Callis is considered to be a handsome guy by many. He is 5ft 8ins (1.73ins) tall and weighs around 154lbs (70kgs). He has a slim body built, with a chest size of 40ins and 32ins waist. He has long brown hair, and dark eyes.

General Info

Full NameJames Callis
Net Worth$750 thousand
Date Of BirthJune 4, 1971
Height1.73 m
EducationLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Harrow School, University of York


SpouseNeha Callis
ChildrenSacha Callis, Anika Jahan Callis, Joshua Amaan Callis


AwardsSaturn Award, Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer
MoviesBridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Austenland, One Night with the King, Battlestar Galactica: Razor, Reuniting the Rubins, Merlin and the Book of Beasts, 17th Precinct, Narcopolis, Helen of Troy, Dead Cool, Victoria & Albert, Arabian Nights, The Hollow, Believe, Beginner's Luc...
TV ShowsEureka, Battlestar Galactica, Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll

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1He is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent.
2Two sons and a daughter with wife, Neha Callis: Joshua Amaan Callis (born 2003) and Sacha Callis (born 2005). Anika Jahan Callis (born 2009).
3His wife, Neha, is from India.
4His parents own and live in a bed & breakfast establishment in London across the street from the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
5He was awarded the 1996 Jack Tinker Award (Theatre Record Critic of the Year) for Most Promising Newcomer for his performance in Old Wicked Songs.
6Plays piano and guitar to performance level
7James studied for a BA in English and Related Literature at the University of York, where he was a member of Derwent college. He graduated in 1993.
8Graduated from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts in 1996.




Once Upon a Date2017TV Movie post-productionEd Holland
House by the Lake2016completedScott
Brooklyn Animal ControlTV Series post-productionTheo
Bridget Jones's Baby2016Tom
Blood Moon2016/IIAlan
The Hollow2016Vaughn Killinger
The Musketeers2014-2016TV SeriesÉmile Bonnaire
Rick and Morty2015TV SeriesPat Gueterman / Courier Flaps
Narcopolis2015Todd Ambro
A.D. The Bible Continues2015TV SeriesAntipas
Check, Please!2015ShortDaniel
Gallipoli2015TV Mini-SeriesEllis Ashmead-Bartlett
Matador2014TV SeriesLucien Sayer
Caper2014TV SeriesDoc English
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2013-2014TV SeriesJohn Merchiston
Key and Peele2013TV SeriesShakespeare
Believe2013/IMan in Mac
Arrow2013TV SeriesThe Dodger
Austenland2013Colonel Andrews
DCI Banks2012TV SeriesOwen Pierce
Eureka2010-2012TV SeriesDr. Trevor Grant Trevor Grant
Midsomer Murders2012TV SeriesToby DeQuetteville / Julian DeQuetteville
17th Precinct2011TV MovieJohn Bosson
Merlin2011TV SeriesBorden
Meet Pursuit Delange2010ShortPursuit
Reuniting the Rubins2010Danny Rubin
Merlin and the Book of Beasts2010TV MovieMerlin
Flashforward2010TV SeriesGabriel McDow
Numb3rs2009TV SeriesMason Duryea
Battlestar Galactica2004-2009TV SeriesDr. Gaius Baltar President Gaius Baltar
Late Show with David Letterman2008TV SeriesGaius Baltar - Top Ten Presenter
Battlestar Galactica: Razor2007TV MovieDr. Gaius Baltar
One Night with the King2006Haman, the Agagite
Dead Cool2004Josh
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason2004Tom
Blue Dove2003TV Mini-SeriesDominic Pasco
Battlestar Galactica2003TV Mini-SeriesGaius Baltar
Helen of Troy2003TV Mini-SeriesNarrator / Menelaus
Relic Hunter2002TV SeriesRaoul
Beginner's Luck2001Mark Feinman
Victoria & Albert2001TV MovieErnest
Bridget Jones's Diary2001Tom
As If2001TV SeriesSebastian
Jason and the Argonauts2000TV Mini-SeriesAspyrtes
Arabian Nights2000TV Mini-SeriesPrince Ahmed
The Scarlet Pimpernel1999TV SeriesHenri
Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll1999TV Mini-SeriesThe Wolf (Justin DeVere Montague)
Ruth Rendell Mysteries1998TV SeriesGuy Curran
Heat of the Sun1998TV Mini-SeriesAsst. Supt. Clive Lanyard
A Dance to the Music of Time1997TV Mini-SeriesGwinnett
Weekend Bird1997ShortMike
Soldier Soldier1996TV SeriesMaj Tim Forrester
Murder Most Horrid1996TV SeriesMark


All Cock and No Bull!2016Short completed
Beginner's Luck2001
Surety1999Short writer


All Cock and No Bull!2016Short completed
Beginner's Luck2001


All Cock and No Bull!2016Short executive producer completed


Eureka2010TV Series performer - 1 episode


Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentary special thanks


Portlandia2012TV SeriesHimself
FedCon XVIII: The Golden Future2009DocumentaryHimself
Scream Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
Battlestar Galactica: The Journey Ends - The Arrival2009Video documentary shortHimself
Battlestar Galactica: The Last Frakkin' Special2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Battlestar Galactica: Cylons - The Twelve2009Video documentary shortHimself
Battlestar Galactica: The Journey2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Music of 'Battlestar Galactica'2009Video documentary shortHimself
Space Top 10 Countdown2007TV SeriesHimself
Sci Fi Inside: Sci Fi Friday2005TV Movie documentaryHimself / Dr. Gaius Baltar
05 Spaceys2005TV SpecialHimself
Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown2003Video documentary shortHimself - Baltar

Archive Footage

Flashforward2010TV SeriesGabriel McDow
Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy2009TV Mini-SeriesGaius Baltar
Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentaryDr. Gaius Baltar


Won Awards

2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionBattlestar Galactica (2004)

Nominated Awards

2007Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor in a Television ProgramBattlestar Galactica (2004)
2007SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest TV ActorBattlestar Galactica (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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