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Actor, Cameo & Crew Profiles > Actor Profiles > James Mason

James Mason
Played: Chris Pappas
Appeared: 2010-

Born in Melbourne on 9th October 1989, James Mason began acting by appearing in amateur plays and local theatre productions. Once he left school, James' father suggested he got himself a trade, but had already decided to become an actor. He started to network with all types of people from the acting industry, joined acting classes and continued doing local theatre. In 2009, James auditioned for the role of Andrew Robinson in Neighbours but missed out to Jordan Smith. The offer to play recurring character Chris Pappas came three days later and was James' first professional acting role, with his character first appearing on screen in February 2010.

James was told that the character of Chris was to be gay after the then executive producer Susan Bower had seen requests on Neighbours websites and online forums for more diversity in the cast. In April 2011 it was announced that James was to be promoted to a regular cast member due to the popularity of the character and the positive reaction to Chrisís storylines. In 2012, James earned a nomination for Most Popular New Male Talent at the Logie Awards, and in 2014 James won the Soap Extra Award for Most Topical Storyline for Chrisís coward punch story with Josh Willis.

James has appeared in several films during 2013 and 2014; these include Newman, Killervision and independent film 36 Questions. James is also ambassador to youth mental health initiative Headspace and general of the homophobia division in the Fifth Army.

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