Stephan James is a Canadian actor. Best known for his role in the 2016 film Race, in which he played track and field sprinter Jesse Owens, James won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. He has also portrayed important roles in popular TV shows like Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Birth Name

Stephan James







Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Stephan James was born on December 16, 1993 in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


He is currently 24 years old.

Sun Sign




His ancestry is African-Jamaican.


Stephan attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto and graduated in 2009.

Family Details

  • Father – Unknown
  • Mother – Unknown

  • Siblings – Shamier Anderson (Older Brother) (Actor)


Stephan is represented by Norbert Abrams, Innovative Artists, and Atlas Artists.

Marital Status


Girlfriend / Spouse

Stephan is very reluctant on revealing whom he is currently dating  or his past relationship status.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 6 feet
  • In centimeters – 183 cm
  • In meters -1.83 m


  • In Kilograms – 85 kg
  • In Pounds – 187 lbs

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color


Shoe Size




Professional Statistics

Film Debut

Stephan James won his first acting role in the Canadian film Home Again, playing his part as a Jamaican deportee Everton St. Clair, alongside actors Tatyana Ali and Fefe Dobson in 2012. The film opened to mixed reviews, earning him a nomination for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards.

Television Debut

His television debut came in 2010, playing Jock in the Canadian comedy horror television film,  My Babysitter’s a Vampire.

Significant Works

  • Stephan played John Lewis, a civil rights activist, in Ava Duvernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. film “Selma” in 2014. The film went to become a massive success earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Stephan was nominated for Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance.
  • In 2016, Stephan got his major breakthrough role in the in the 2016 biopic “Race”, playing Jesse Owens, an African-American track and field sprinter, opposite Jason Sudeikis, His performance was largely appreciated by critics and was well-received by audience, for which he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Brand Endorsements

Stephan has done endorsement work for several brands including Nike.

Distinctive Features

  • Crooked smiled
  • Tall height


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Home Again Everton St. Clair Nominated – Canadian Screen Award for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
2014 Perfect Sisters Donny
The Dependables
When the Game Stands Tall Terrance G. “T.K.” Kelly
Selma John Lewis Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
2015 Lost After Dark Wesley
Across the Line Mattie Slaughter
2016 Race Jesse Owens Won – Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt
2019 17 Bridges Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2010 My Babysitter’s a Vampire Jock Television film
2010–11 How to Be Indie Wilfred 3 episodes
2010–12 Degrassi: The Next Generation Julian Williams 8 episodes
2011 My Babysitter’s a Vampire Jock #1 Episode: “Smells Like Trouble”
2011 Clue Dmitri 5 episodes
2011 12 Days of Christmas Michael Television film
2012 The Listener Ibrahim Ayim Episode: “The Taking”
2012 The L.A. Complex Infinite Jest 5 episodes
2013 Cracked Ben Omari Episode: “Faces”
2014 The Gabby Douglas Story John 16-18 Years Television film
2014 Apple Mortgage Cake William Logan Television film
2015 Unveiled Daniel Shepard Television film
2015 The Book of Negroes Cummings Shakspear Episode #1.5
2017 Shots Fired Preston Terry 10 episodes
2018 Homecoming Walter Cruz

Stephan James Favorites

  • Favorite Actors – Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
  • Favorite Artists – Justin Bieber, Drake
  • Favorite Movies – Coach Carter (2005), Gridiron Gang (2006), When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

Stephan James Net Worth

Talking about his net worth, there is not any reliable information available currently.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Stephan James

  • James enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball in high school.
  • James had his start in television before gaining prominence in bigger screen, thanks to his sheer hard work and acting talents.
  • He had once stated that Basketball star Kobe Bryant is one of his biggest influences.
  • He is a huge fan of actor Leonardo DiCaprio and he had stated that he watched almost all his movies.
  • Acting is not only his talent, but he is good in sports too. He played Basketball and Volleyball in school. In 2016, Cleveland Cavaliers gave him a special edition NBA jersey with the number 733.
  • In 2017, James played DOJ prosecutor Preston Terry in the FOX limited series, Shots Fired.


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