Meet Stephan James, the 25-year-old Torontonian who spent last year establishing himself as Hollywood’s biggest breakout. Next stop: getting the CN Tower turned gold in his honour. Here’s your cheat sheet to his rapid ascent.
As a Degrassi alumnus, James first graced our screens as Julian Williams. His most memorable storyline involved starting a fight club — but we won’t talk about that.
Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, enlisted James to star in last fall’s moving If Beale Street Could Talk as Fonny. He’s also a fixture on the Amazon show Homecoming opposite Julia Roberts.
Social Media Savvy
His Instagram handle — @tdotsteph — may pay tribute to his hometown roots, but lately James is more likely to be spotted in Paris or L.A. in the company of Tracee Ellis Ross or Brad Pitt.