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James Anthony "Jim" Sturgess (born 16 May 1981) is an English actor whose breakout role was Jude in 2007's Across the Universe.

Early life

Sturgess was born in London, Englandmarker but grew up in Farnham, Surreymarker outside of London. He studied at the University of Salfordmarker's School of Media, Music and Performance. He was discovered whilst performing in his self-written poetry-based one-person show "Buzzin" where he was recommended to an actor's agency back in London. Whilst acting in various television programmes and independent films he became a member of a seven-piece band named the "Dilated Spies". Once the band broke up he began to once again pursue a career in acting.


Sturgess sustained almost a decade of roles in British productions, mostly telefilms, including I'm Frank Morgan (2000), Hawk (2001), and the three installments of The Quest series.

In 2007, he made his big break in Julie Taymor's musical Across the Universe, portraying Jude, a paternally-shorn young man who travels to the U.S. amid the raging throes of the late '60s and falls in love with sheltered American teenager, Lucy, played by Evan Rachel Wood.

In 2008, he appeared in the historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl in the supporting role of George Boleyn opposite Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana. He also starred in 21 as the male lead Ben Campbell, a movie about five MIT students, who, by counting cards, take Las Vegas casinos for millions. Sturgess' co-stars in 21 include Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne.

Personal life

He is currently living with long term girlfriend of seven years, Mickey O'Brien, keyboardist of the UK band La Roux.


Year Film Role Other notes
1994 The Browning Version Bryant
2005 Mouth to Mouth Red
2007 Across the Universe Jude Feeny
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl George Boleyn
21 Ben Campbell
Fifty Dead Men Walking Martin McGartland
2009 Crossing Over Gavin Kossef
Heartless Jamie Morgan post-production
2010 The Way Back Janusz post-production
Guardians of Ga'Hoole Soren Alba (voice only) filming
2011 Upside Down Adam pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Scarlet Pimpernel Erik Episode: Valentine Gautier
Episode: The King's Ransom
2000 Thursday the 12th Martin Bannister TV-Movie
Other People's Children Barry Episode: 1.2
2001 The Residents Banjo
Heartbeat Robert Episode: The Long Weekend
Hawk Shop Assistant BBC Miniseries
2002 The Quest Young Charlie ITV TV-Movie
Judge John Deed Gary Patterson Episode: Abuse of Power
2003 A Touch of Frost Laurence Burrell Episode: Close Encounters
Rehab Daryll
2004 The Second Quest Young Charlie ITV TV-Movie
The Final Quest Young Charlie ITV TV-Movie
2005 The Last Detective Ryan Episode: Friends Reunited



Year Song Film/Soundtrack
2007 "Girl" Across the Universe
"All My Loving"
"With A Little Help From My Friends" (with Joe Anderson)
"I've Just Seen A Face"
"Dear Prudence" (with Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs & Evan Rachel Wood)
"Because" (with Joe Anderson, T. V. Carpio, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy & Evan Rachel Wood)
"Strawberry Fields Forever" (with Joe Anderson)
"Across the Universe"
"All You Need Is Love" (with T. V. Carpio, Dana Fuchs & Martin Luther McCoy)

Awards and nominations

ShoWest Convention, USA
  • 2008: Won, "Best Ensemble" - 21 (shared w/co-stars)

Teen Choice Awards
  • 2008: Nominated, "Choice Movie Breakout Male" - 21 (also for Across the Universe)


  1. Rotten Tomatoes reviews of Across the Universe
  2. Jim Sturgess
  4. [Interview]
  5. Behind-the-Scenes of Lionsgate's 'Heartless'

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