Duncan Airlie James was born on May 23rd, in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a tough, wee guy from the off and early in his life, found a love for sports, that took him through football (soccer), rugby, and led him eventually to the Martial Arts.
He also displayed a strong “creative / artistic” streak, and spent the 80’s as a drummer and musician in many various bands in Glasgow, Scotland, having a couple of close brushes with success.
But his competitive nature and physical presence again pushed to the fore of his life in the early to mid 90’s and he could no longer resist the drive to pursue his dream of success in combat. He dedicated the next decade and a half of his life to this dream, and, after many years of hard work, and enjoying great success, Duncan Airlie James retired from his competitive fighting career at the end of 2006, as Scotland’s most well known, and arguably most successful ever ring fighter!
He won six versions of World, Thai Boxing and Kick Boxing titles as a competitive fighter, along with many other titles. He is still the ONLY Scotsman ever to fight in the prestigious K-1 events in Japan, and he competed all over the world during his illustrious and very successful career. His tartan shorts and fighting kilt became a famous trademark and his badge of honour!
With the demands and rigours of a professional fighting career behind him, and with his focus and interest now shifted from that path, the creative juices once again started to flow strongly and before long, Duncan had rediscovered his love of performance and acting.
He brings the same drive, intensity, determination and self discipline that he showed to achieve outstanding success as a professional fighter, to his passion for acting.