A native of London, and the child of Afro-Trinidadian parents, Lennie James attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the early 1990s, James made several appearances in television movies and, in 1995, landed the role of D.C. Bruce Hannaford on the cop show "Out of the Blue", which ran for a year. James starred on the big screen in the film adaptation of the television show "Lost in Space" in 1998, then returned to the small screen for the TV drama "Storm Damage", which he also wrote. He made an impression in the Guy Ritchie crime comedy "Snatch" with Brad Pitt, and also appeared in Michael Winterbottom's well-received post-punk film "24 Hour Party People" in 2002. From 2006 to 2008, James was a regular on the drama "Jericho" with Skeet Ulrich, and he has also made several appearances on the shows "The Prisoner" and "Hung". In 2010, he was featured in the crucial first episode of the AMC zombie hit "The Walking Dead", and later appeared in the gritty revenge movie "Colombiana", starring Zoe Saldana. Sticking to action-oriented fare, James also turned up in the 2012 tough-guy sci-fi movie "Lockout", featuring Guy Pearce.