James Callis

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James Callis
James Callis
Portrays: Gaius Baltar
Messenger Baltar
Date of Birth: June 04, 1971
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Age: 53
Nationality: UK UK
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James Callis (born 1971) is an English-born actor who portrays Gaius Baltar in the Re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.

Born in London, England, Callis studied English and Related Literature at the University of York (Derwent College), graduating with honours. After graduating in 1993, he gained a place at the renowned London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts. He graduated from LAMDA in 1996 and has since appeared in various West End stage productions, as well as in film and on TV and radio.

Callis made his West End debut in Old Wicked Songs alongside Bob Hoskins in 1996, earning the London Critics' Circle's Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He appeared at the Almeida Theatre in George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma in 1998, and at the Soho Theatre in London last year in Peter Ackerman's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight.

He broke into television in 1996 with a guest role on the British series Murder Most Horrid and with a recurring role in the ensemble of the long-running UK drama Soldier Soldier. Callis went on to a number of telefilms and miniseries, including The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999) and Jason and the Argonauts (2000). He played Bridget's pal Tom in the hit movie Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), reprising the role in the 2004 film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. He co-wrote and co-directed the film Beginner's Luck (2001), in which he starred opposite Julie Delpy. He recently appeared as Menelaus in USA Network's miniseries Helen of Troy.

Callis lives in London with his wife Neha, with whom he has one son. He plays the guitar and piano to performance level.

In Battlestar Galactica

In his role as Doctor Gaius Baltar, Callis has carved himself a unique niche in television science-fiction. While his character is conceited, arrogant, aloof and with a sly streak of self-preservation that borders on cowardice, Callis also imbues him with a vulnerability and humanity.

Playing a man with two voices in his head cannot be easy (especially when one of them is in the very visible form of Tricia Helfer), but Callis carries off the role with remarkable aplomb, and brings considerable - and surprising - humor to the role as well.

Callis also brings his sense of humor to promotions related to the series. One of the first notable outtakes related to Galactica comes from a recording session for the Sci Fi Channel in which Callis—intentionally or not—pronounces the name of the series Baltarstar Galactica. Called up on this by the director, Callis replies, "I think they [the fans] will love it!"

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