Another familiar face is set to join the Doctor Who universe as actor James Buckley guest stars in this week’s episode, ‘Orphan 55‘.

Born in Croydon in 1987, James Buckley has become a recognisable face on British television since his break-out role in iconic E4 comedy series The Inbetweeners. Ahead of Sunday’s episode, BlogtorWho takes a look back over his career, and highlights some of his most memorable roles.

The Inbetweeners

Most viewers will likely immediately recognise Buckley from his break-out role in E4‘s The Inbetweeners. This award-winning comedy series ran from 2008 to 2010, and followed the antics of four teenage boys attending fictional secondary school Rudge Park Comprehensive. Buckley starred as Jay Cartwright across all three series, as well as reprising his role in 2011’s The Inbetweeners Movie and its 2014 sequel.

Jay stood out as the most immature, arrogant, and vulgar of the series’ central characters. A naive, socially inept, sex-obsessed teenager, he was the focus of many of The Inbetweeners‘ most memorable moments.

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Following The InbetweenersBuckley has gone on to star in several other comedy series. These include Zapped, which ran for three series on Dave between 2016 and 2018.

He starred as the series’ central character Brian Weaver, an office worker stuck in a dead-end job. Weaver is accidentally transported to a parallel world, where he finds himself in the medieval fantasy town of Munty. There, he encounters a whole host of weird and wonderful characters, including Howel, played by Paul Kaye, who appeared as Prentis in 2015 Doctor Who episodes ‘Under the Lake’ and ‘Before the Flood’.

White Gold

Most recently, James Buckley took on another starring role, this time in BBC Two‘s White Gold. This sitcom follows a double-glazing sales team in mid-1980s Essex. He stars as junior salesman Brian Fitzpatrick, a greedy, immoral, and unhappily married man who nevertheless excels at his job.

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I Feel Bad

As well as starring in a number of British productions, Buckley has also taken on roles across the pond. He portrayed recurring character Chewey in NBC comedy series I Feel Bad, which ran for one series in 2018. Based on Orli Auslander’s eponymous book, the series followed Emet, an ambitious woman who strives to be the perfect wife, mother, boss, and daughter, and struggles to accept her imperfections.

James Buckley on the Silver Screen

As well as becoming a familiar face on television, Buckley has also taken on a number of roles on the big screen. In 2016, he starred as real life comedian James Mullinger in The Comedian’s Guide to Survival, written by Mullinger himself.

He also appeared as Sponge in 2016 film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which was written by and starred Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine Nine), plus Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer (Saturday Night Live), who also directed the film.

Elsewhere, Buckley has starred in films spanning a broad range of genres, including The Pyramid (2014), The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013), and Everywhere and Nowhere (2011).

Completed It Mate

Alongside his acting career, Buckley has established a successful YouTube channel, Completed It Mate. The channel’s name was inspired by an episode of The Inbetweeners, and it has amassed over 400,000 subscribers since its launch in 2016. He regularly uploads a mixture of gaming videos and his podcast, entitled ‘Complete Load of Podcast‘, which he hosts alongside Matt Whiston.

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Orphan 55

James Buckley will star in this week’s episode of Doctor Who as an yet unnamed character. He was already expressed his excitement about his appearance, saying “It was surreal to be on such an iconic show and I’m really happy to be part of something so well loved. Hope everyone enjoys it!”

Although we know very little about his character at this moment in time, his rather distinctive hairstyle has already attracted viewers’ attention!

Otherwise, we’ll have to wait until Sunday to see how his character becomes part of the Doctor and friends’ latest adventure…

Doctor Who continues this Sunday 12th January with ‘Orphan 55‘ on BBC One and BBC America.

The Doctor and her friends discover that the luxury resort where they are holidaying is hiding a number of deadly secrets. What are the ferocious monsters attacking Tranquillity Spa? 

Guest starring James Buckley and Laura Fraser. Written by Ed Hime. Directed by Lee Haven-Jones.

Series 12 - The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) in Doctor Who: Orphan 55- (C) BBC - Photographer: Ben Blackall
The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) in Doctor Who: Orphan 55- (C) BBC – Photographer: Ben Blackall


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