James is a British actor with a wide ranging theatre and screen career. Born in Kent to Anthony and Susan Hillier he is the eldest of three boys. He studied English Literature at King's College and then went on to train at RADA from where he went straight into the prestigious BBC production of Great Expectation. His stage work includes
Lulu at the Almeida, The Homecoming at The Royal Exchange, the British Premier of Tennessee Williams', Something Cloudy, Something Clear and
Blue Surge by Rebecca Gilman for which he was nominated for a Best Male Performer Award. Hillier is Artistic Director of theatre company Defibrillator for whom he has directed Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, Terry Johnson's Insignificance, The Hotel Plays and Hard Feelings. His longtime partner Amy and their two boys live in London. He is a keen sportsman and avid sports fan, following Tottenham Hotspur FC.