Resume details:



London/Europe – I.A.M. : International Artists Management:


U.S./International – Lighthouse Entertainment (Los Angeles)


Nationality: Scottish
Weight: 100kgs / 220lbs / 15.7 Stone
Height: 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Brown (Very Short)
Eye Colour: Hazel
Body Type: Athletic / Muscular
Chest: 46″ – 48″
Waist: 38″
Neck: 17 ½”


Excellent physical condition : Athletic / Fit / Muscular physique.
Good speaking voice with educated, Scottish (Glasgow) accent.


*General American
*London / Cockney
*Irish – Northern
*Russian / Eastern European
*South African


Excellent, realistic, fighting skills comprising both unarmed and armed expertise.
Weapon skills – swords, firearms.

Former multi-champion KickBoxer & Martial Artist –
* 6 time WORLD Thai Kick Boxing Champion, K-1 Fighter – Japan, UK, USA.
* SCOTLAND’S most successful ever fighter.
* International recognition and fighting experience.

Full driving license, Ex Professional Drummer

Casting & Memberships

Spotlight UK
Actors Access US

Affiliations and Guilds

Equity UK
AGGB (Actors Guild of Great Britain)


  • Acting Coach Scotland – Practical Aesthetics – Mark Westbrook
  • U.K. Theatre School Adult & Advanced Acting – Paul Fontana


  • Private acting training / instruction with multiple coaches –
    Mel Churcher, Crystal Carson, Leigh Kilton Smith and many others
  • Private voice accent and dialect coaching with Alex Gillon
  • Multiple acting & specialist skills training workshops
  • Multiple, Special Workshops & Short Training Courses : 2009 – onwards.


Duncan Airlie James was born on May 23rd, in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a very physical young fellow 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 sport. 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 was 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 rediscovered his love of performance and acting in particular. He threw himself fully into his new career path, the third career of his life, undertaking top level training from some major acting coaches, and has slowly built his career, going from strength to strength, with progressively bigger roles and projects.

Now, as an actor, Duncan has shared the screen with some huge names in the entertainment industry. He has worked with two Oscar winners, namely Alicia Vikander in the 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider, where he played Lara Croft’s fight trainer Terry, played by Vikander. And also Forrest Whitaker, in the big Netflix Christmas film Jingle Jangle, where he played the role of Constable Carruthers, the grumpy policeman.

He has also worked with many other major film and TV names, like Chris Pine in the 2017 film Outlaw King about the ancient Scottish king Robert the Bruce, where he played the nasty English nobleman knight Beaumont. The film also including names like Steven Dillane, Billy Howle, James Cosmo, Florence Pugh, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Other major films Duncan has had featured roles in are Starred Up, described as the best ever British prison drama, featuring Ben Mendelson and Jack O’Connell, and i.d.2 : Shadwell Army, featuring Linus Roache and Neil Pearson. Duncan has also appeared in major, award winning TV dramas like Outlander featuring Sam Heughan and Crime featuring Dougray Scott. The dreadful, global pandemic of 2020-2022 changed things for almost everyone around the planet, and Duncan was no exception. In the months prior to the first major lockdown of 2020, Duncan auditioned for major projects such as Peaky Blinders, Vikings, Valhalla, and many others.

With the pandemic having now receded in many parts of the World, major film and TV projects are once again auditioning for new cast and Duncan is again getting opportunities to audition for major roles in many of these big film and TV projects.


It was also during the first lockdown of 2020, that Duncan rediscovered all the music he had put “on hold” years before and he is now in the process of bringing back and getting out to the World. Please see Musician section of website………


FilmRoleDirector / Production
LES PARADIS DE DIANE (FF)Dick (supporting)Jan Gassmann & Carmen Jaquier / 2:1 Film GmbH
JINGLE JANGLE (FF)Constable Carruthers (supporting)David E. Talbert / 260 Degrees Entertainment
OUTLAW KING (FF)Beaumont (supporting) David Mackenzie / Sigma Films
TOMB RAIDER (FF)Terry (supporting) Roar Uthaug / Warner Bros.
ID2 : Shadwell Army (FF)Hunt (supporting) Joel Novoa / ID2 Productions
STARRED UP (FF) Officer White (supporting) David Mackenzie / Film 4
T.V.Film/Series/Pilot/WebRoleDirector / Production
CRIMEJoe (supporting)Trygve Allister Diesen / BBC
UDAARIANMcKenna (supporting)Utaam Singh / Dreamyatra
OUTLANDER (TVS)Gangsman (supporting)David Moore / Sony
Major Doug Bormann (lead)Luke Aherne / Gilnockie F & P
Jim (series regular)Luke Aherne / LA Productions
Vinnie / Taxi Heavy (supporting)Michael Offer / BBC
Theatre RoleDirector / Production
AUGGIESMr. Ellis (supporting)Max Dovski / Single End Productions
KISS OF DEATHGeorge Brocklebank (lead)Paul Fontana / Insomnia
CommercialRoleDirector / Production
FSCS Pensions Roy (supporting)James Cookson / Affixius Films
Team Talk
Billy (Dickson) - Manager (lead)Jack Hughes - Danny Jones - Sam Matthewman / Electric House
'Platform Performances'
Builder Eddie (supporting)Henry Scholfield /
Caviar & LS Productions
'Susan Calman by your Side'
Directions Glaswegian (supporting)Alex Boutell /
Rogue & LS Productions
‘Road to Nowhere’
Farmer Dave (supporting)Martin de Thurah /
Academy Films
Joey (supporting)Chris Denton /
Specsavers TV Services
Vinnie - bouncer (lead) Thirty Two /
Pulse Films

Key:  FF: Feature Film • SF: Short Film • WS: Web Series • TVS : TV Series • TVF: TV Film • TVP: TV Pilot • Th: Theatre
Co: Commercial