As Morgan Jones steps into the world of Fear the Walking Dead, he’ll be continuing the journey he began on The Walking Dead — a journey where he wrestled with the dangers of losing the people closest to him. We’ll see him take drastic action to protect himself from experiencing the pain and loss of his past, but a series of unexpected interactions — some with people who will become friends and other with people who will become foes — will force Morgan to discover that when it comes to confronting how to live in this world, he can run but he can’t hide.
Born in Nottingham and raised in South London, England, Lennie James trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. His many theatre credits include Etta Jenks, opposite Miranda Richardson, and Roy Williams’ Fallout at The Royal Court; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Coup with Norman Beaton at The National; The Young Vic’s production of A Raisin in the Sun; and the eponymous hero in the Tricycle’s production of Macbeth.
James has had a rich and varied television career on both sides of the Atlantic, including Civvies and Comics by Lynda La Plante, Undercover Heart, Out of the Blue, the award-winning Buried (Bafta), and Storm Damage (RTS). He starred in the critically acclaimed Run for C4 and Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty for BBC2; he was nominated for best actor in both at the RTS Television Awards 2013/14. In the U.S., he has been praised for his performances as the mysterious Robert Hawkins in CBS’ history-making series Jericho, HBO’s Hung and Detective Joe Geddes in AMC’s Low Winter Sun as well as eight seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead, for which he won the Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series award at the OFTA (Online Film & Television Awards) in 2013. James was also nominated for the Drama Guest Actor award at the Golden Derby Awards in 2013 as well as for Best TV Supporting Actor at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in 2016 for his role in The Walking Dead and was recently announced as a crossover character to star in AMC’s companion series Fear the Walking Dead. James can also be seen as the lead in the UK’s groundbreaking medical drama series Critical for Sky 1 TV. Other television credits include Buried, The State Within, Spooks, Fallout and The Prisoner.
James has many notable film credits to his name, including Sol in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, starring Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro; Sahara, alongside Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz; Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People; Nick Love’s Outlaw, with Bob Hoskins; The Next Three Days, with Russell Crowe; Luc Besson’s Colombiana, with Zoe Saldana; and Lockout, opposite Guy Pearce. James also starred in the modern-day Western Swelter; in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic Get On Up, opposite Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman; and most recently in Double Play, the film adaptation of Frank Martinus Arion’s novel as well as the Warner Bros. Blade Runner 2049 sequel opposite Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
James will next be seen in the series Save Me, a new production created and written by him, in which he stars for Sky Atlantic, due to be released early this year.