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James Sutton (born James Cook, 31 January 1983) 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 Emmerdalemarker.

Personal life

Sutton was born as James Cook in Sutton Coldfieldmarker to mother Jeanette. It is from his hometown that he derived his stage name of Sutton. He is the oldest of three children, with a younger brother Ben and sister Amy.He grew up in the village of Haughton, Staffordshire and attended King Edward VI School in Staffordmarker. At the age of 14 he moved to Sambrook, Newportmarker and attended the Burton Borough Schoolmarker in Newport, Shropshiremarker. James went on to study drama at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiffmarker. In August 2009 it was reported that Sutton is dating Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward.


Prior to Hollyoaks', Sutton 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 Sutton's first post-Hollyoaks role, he guest starred as Eli Taylor who suffered from Narcolepsy and Catoplexy 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 Sutton would join the cast of ITV1's Emmerdalemarker. Sutton will play 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.

Award nominations

British Soap Awards 2007

Sutton was nominated for 'Sexiest Male', 'Best Actor' and 'Best Dramatic Performance' for The British Soap Awards 2007. He had been short-listed along with Gerard McCarthy (Kris Fisher) for 'Best Newcomer' for his role as John Paul McQueen, however McCarthy was chosen for the final nomination.

Inside Soap Awards 2007

Sutton was nominated for 'Best Actor' and 'Sexiest Male' at the 2007 Inside Soap Awards, for 'Best Storyline' for "John Paul falls for Craig and comes out as gay", and, with Guy Burnet (Craig Dean) for 'Best Couple'.

He did not win in any of the categories.

National Television Awards 2007

Sutton was shortlisted for 'Most Popular Actor' at the National Television Awards 2007, alongside Charlie Clements (EastEnders), David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Antony Cotton (Coronation Streetmarker). The awards were voted for by the public and the ceremony took place on 31 October 2007. The award was won by David Tennant.


Stonewall Awards 2007

Hollyoaks was named Broadcast of the Year at the 2007 Stonewall Awards, held at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The award was given for the portrayal of James Sutton's and Guy Burnet's gay affair storyline. Stonewall, an organisation that campaigns for equality for gay men and women, praised the show for its "sympathetic and convincing handling" of the "gritty and emotional" storyline.

Digital Spy Soap Awards 2008

James Sutton was voted 'Most Popular Actor' and the John Paul/Craig storyline won 'Storyline of the Year'.


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