Height: 177cm

Hair Colour: Brown

Eye Colour: Blue

Playing Age: 41 - 60 Years


James has been working as an actor since the mid 1980s.

As you can imagine James’ credits are extensive. An accomplished stage actor he has appeared in many productions including:
‘The Chronicles of Long Kesh’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Gibraltar Strait’ and most recently ‘Carson and The Lady’ at the Lyric.

His film/television credits include ‘Game Of Thrones,’ ‘Best, A Mother’s Son,’ and ‘The Prisoner.’

Theatre critic Michael Quinn wrote a review of James’ performance in ‘Carson and The Lady’

Quinn noted that the production featured a ‘typically charismatic performance by James Doran as Edward Carson’

And ‘Under the radar, Doran has become one of Northern Ireland’s most compelling actors and here he brings nuanced stature and substance to a controversial figure with utter conviction and a lightly-worn but engaging gravitas.’

Film & Tv

2015, ‘Number 2’s’ – Role of Sammy – BBC 

2015, ‘The Widower – Role of Kevin Shearer – BBC 

2013, ‘Game Of Thrones’ – Role of Sir Mandon Moore – HBO Productions, Dir: Neill Marshall 

2012, ‘Best A Mothers Son’ – Role of Taxi Driver – BBC, Dir: Colin Barr 

2012, ‘The Prisoner’ – Role of Robert Jameson – Sindika Productions, Dir: Mohydeen Quandour 

2012, ‘Saved’ – Role of Ruari – ITV 

2008, ‘Fifty Dead Men Walking’ – Role of Volunteer – Brightlight Pictures, Dir: Keri Skogland 

2006, ‘The Boys and Girls From County Clare’ – Role of Dave – Isle of ManFilm Commission, Dir: John Irvin 

2004, ‘Divorcing Jack’ – Role of Hood – Scala Productions, Dir: David Caffrey 

2004, Mickey Bo & Me – Role of Barman – BBC/Mickeybo Productions, Dir: Terry Loane 


2021, ‘Before You Go’ – Role of Brendan – Kabosh Theatre Company, Dir: Paula McFetridge

2019, ‘My Big Fat Belfast Christmas’ – Role of Da Joe – Theatre at The Mill, Dir: Finn Kennedy 

2019, ‘Green and Blue’ – Role of Garda O’Halloran – Kabosh Theatre Compnay/Edinburagh Fringe – Dir: Paula McFetridge 

2016, ‘The Lanternman’ – Role of Wainwright – Powerstone Entertainment, Dir: Stephen Beggs 

2016, ‘Smiley’ – Role of Malcolm – Lyric Theatre Belfast, Dir: Conal Morrison 

2015, ‘The Gift’ – Role of Father – Cahoots Productions, Dir: Andrea Montgomery 



Accents & Dialects: (* = native) *Belfast, American-New England, American New-York, Australian, Cockney, Dublin, Glasgow, Irish- Northern Irish – Southern, London, Liverpool, Manchester, RP, Scottish-Standard

Skills: Improvisation, Narration, Comedy, Live Roleplay, Radio Drama, Voice Over, Darts, Fishing, Football, Pool, Snooker, Squash, Swimming, Gaelic Football

Full Drivers Licence 


1987-1990, Manchester Poly School of Theatre 
1980-1986, National Theatre of Great Britain