Most notably James Norton is known for his award-nominated performance as Tommy Leroy’s in BBC one’s happy valley, you may also recognize him from films such as little women Mr jones’s flatliners, and nowhere special however the latest buzz around him is due to the HBO science fiction series.
The Nevers where he plays the role of a club owner Hugo Swann also has a couple of other projects in the works that will continue to solidify his place in the entertainment industry while he may be one of the busiest British actors right now he’s pretty private.
10 True Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About James Norton
1. He Is A Diabetic
He has been open about the fact that he suffers from type 1diabetes which he was diagnosed with in November 2010. He told the times
“I have to inject every time I eat carbohydrates up to 15 times a day, with five millimeters needles you use discreetly. I will probably do one or two during this interview.”
“Also, I have this device called a Dexcom, a subcutaneous glucose monitor that Bluetooth my phone and tells me what my sugars are. before, I had to draw blood from my finger.”
James Norton has since become an ambassador for the juvenile diabetes research foundation for some diabetics simply getting through the day can be a challenge let alone taking on a successful film and tv career speaking about his condition he certified
“Being diabetic does not hold you back it’d never hamper me, for example, in regards to any role particularly physically.”
James Norton said that he asked costume designers to sew hidden patches into his outfits to conceal glucose tablets she also has to think carefully about where to place a glucose monitor during topless or nude scenes.
2. He Wasn’t A Doctor Who Fan
Before James Norton appeared in the 2013 episode cold war James Norton has said he felt guilty about this especially when co-star matt smith handed him the iconic sonic screwdriver but had a fun time on set anyway
“I really enjoyed filming it and I had the most camp death in the world. I was on a winch and an alien grabbed me from above and I got yanked off the screen. About 30 times in a day, I had this big harness on and just got whipped up. It was like being at a theme park. This claw would come to shot and I’d have to scream.”
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3. His Parents Has Appeared In Several of His Tv-Shows
If you’re the parent of a successful actor you might hope to benefit in some way whether through invitations to premiere mention in acceptance speeches or help with the mortgage yet James Norton’s dad made a habit of popping out in his son’s tv shows.
He appeared in war and peace lady Chatterley’s lover death comes to Pemberley Grantchester and Mcmafia not only that his mother also shared a scene with her husband and son in gran Chester series 3 episode 4.
4. He Learned Russian Martial Arts Systema for Mcmafiafor
The role of the son of Russian exile Alex godman in BBC crime series Mcmafia he took classes in a Russian martial arts system which he said was all about taking the pain and relaxing through it
“They have classes in London and they’re run by this amazingly eccentric man called David, who I became very close to we would meet in a room on our own, and we would roll around and punch each other.”
“I had hours and hours of this man punching me and it’s all about taking the pain and relaxing through it, so he would genuinely have his hand over my mouth and I would have to hold my breath.”
“And he would say at that point when your body is spasming and you’re naturally getting terrified that’s when you have to push through and that’s when you find the control in the calm it was terrifying.”
5. Can He Really Speak Russian
Mcmafia is full of eye-catching Violence opulent wealth and beautiful scenery but the thing that most caught our notice was star James Norton’s adept use of Russian throughout the drama with his character Alex godman frequently conversing fluently with his family members generally played by Russian actors despite Norton’s own lack of Russian roots so we had to wonder how did he pull it off
“I’m a very committed actor and have learned to speak Russian.”
“No, we learn bits. We have these extraordinary Russian actors here so we have translators onset.”
And in scenes where he had to engage in lengthy Russian dialogue, Norton explained he had a trick to make it look convincing learning keywords so he knew at what point he was supposed to react or reply in a certain way.
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6. He Was Bullied At School
James Norton has educated at Ampleforth college a prestigious catholic boarding school in York Shiresadly it wasn’t an entirely happy experience he told the daily telegraph
“I actually got quite badly bullied at school and one of my saviors, one of the people who really got me through was a monk called father peter, who wasn’t a teacher, nothing to do with the school but he had a confession.”
“I was able to go and just talk, and he basically became my therapist and I just would sort of sub my eyes out.”
7. Religion Has Played A Major Role In His Life
James Norton was drawn to eastern religions at a young age traveling around India and Nepal to learn about Hinduism and Buddhism before starting a theology degree at Cambridge but despite his academic interests he doesn’t consider himself a religious man
“Obviously, I have a relationship with religion, because I went to a catholic school and studied theology. I can’t call myself religious, but I’m definitely fascinated by it.”
8. He Never Graduated Drama School
After university, he enrolled at the prestigious drama school royal academy of Framatic art but dropped out six months before finishing the course in order to take a part in a play and get his acting career off the ground.
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9. He Spoke To Marriage Counselor To Prepare A Role
Between December 2017 and February 2018 he appeared in my heart’s Belleville at the Dahmer warehouse after the play centers around a self-obsessed young American couple living a dream life in Paris as their relationship sours and descends into tragedy to prepare to play the troubled young couple.
James Norton and co-star Imogen poots spent time with a marriage counselor the cast of Belleville and its director Michael Longhurst also visited the trendy Paris suburb where the play is set and stayed in an apartment block like the one the characters live in.
10. He’s In Relationship With British Actress Imogen Poots
James Norton has been dating British actress Imogen poots for the last three years the pair first met in 2017 as they worked together in the theater production titled Belleville they made their relationship official at the con film festival in 2018 by appearing on the red carpet together puts moved in with Norton to his house in Peckham during the coronavirus imposed lockdown in 2020.
While the Grantchester star tends to keep his love life out of the spotlight, James Norton has shared several photos of poots to Instagram over the years you.