By Tharmini Kenas

15th November 2019

James Buckley Wife And Fame

Best known as BAFTA winning The Inbetweeners actor, James Buckley has a lot of interesting things up his sleeves- from his family to near-death experiences. 

Playing Jay Cartwright who curses and swears his way through the series, he is nothing like the character he played. 

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James Buckley’s Wife And His Cute Little Family Of Four 


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James Buckley’s wife is Scottish model Clair Meek. The couple’s wedding was in November 2012.

They welcomed their son Harrison in October 2011 after dating for a year. 

Looks like James quickly suited up to his new role as a parent! 

He said:

“I can’t wait; it’s going to be really cool. It’s like the longest Christmas Eve ever. I’m going to be hands on and stuff. 

“I think people were really confused when news got out that I was having a baby. What – Jay from The Inbetweeners, a 17-year-old foul-mouthed boy? 

“Obviously I’m a man in my mid-twenties and have an apartment and a girlfriend and live a very normal life.”

The couple must have enjoyed parenthood for they gave birth to another son named Jude in 2013. Well, here is the proof that James Buckley is getting on well with parenthood! 

A Fun Fact: The couple loves The Beatles and hence, they named their kids after Beatles, George Harrison and the Beatles song Hey Jude

James Buckley Wore Kilt To Show Respect To His Wife’s Heritage During Their Wedding

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The wedding took place in Dundas Castle in Edinburgh, it would only make sense for James to wear the kilt! And he rocked it! 

He looked neat in a green and blue tartan with a black sporran and a matching black waistcoat and blazer. 

But of course, he was nowhere near the beautiful and glowing bride. Clair mesmerised everyone present in a vintage-style white gown with a lace-panelled sweetheart neckline with a beehive hairdo.

James Buckley’s Journey In The Inbetweeners

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Despite having a solid background when it comes to acting, James Buckley came to spotlight in the British entertainment industry with the success of The Inbetweeners.

The Inbetweeners is a coming-of-age television series. The series revolves around the goofiness of four teenagers played by The Inbetweeners star James Buckley (Jay Cartwright), Blake Harrison (Neil Sutherland), Simon Bird (Will MacKenzie) and Joe Thomas (Simon Cooper). 

Quite remarkably, the TV received nomination for BAFTA’s Best Situation Comedy in 2009 and 2010.

The show was awarded the Audience Award at the British Academy Television Awards 2010. People chose the winner using their votes and this is enough proof that the show well and truly reached the audience. 

Apart from that, it also won the Outstanding Contribution to British Comedy Award in British Comedy Awards 2011. 

How Close Are The Inbetweeners

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James Buckley, Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, and Blake Harrison were close friends during the shooting of the show and continued their friendship till date.

According to James: 

“We’re really great friends and that’s another reason why The Inbetweeners worked. We were glued together for years and if we hadn’t got on The Inbetweeners wouldn’t have worked.

“I don’t want people to think those guys aren’t my friends.”

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Moreover, the other three stars attended James and Clair’s wedding in Scotland as well as Blake Harrison’s wedding in Mauritius! 

Now, that is definitely what friends do! 

James Buckley Felt Lucky For Being Part of The Inbetweeners

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Asked about the if the job was fun or merely another task, he said

“It was the best fun, it was the best job you could ever have, it was just hanging out with your mates, mucking about, having fun, making each other laugh, and maybe we might film some stuff that could be put on television.

“It doesn’t really get any better than that. To be paid to do that! I still, to this day, can’t believe how lucky I was.”

He Could Have Died While Filming For The Inbetweeners

In an episode, they were stranded in a boat and James Buckley set off a flame to alert the authorities. 

However, it could have been fatal to him. 

According to Blake Harrison:

“He genuinely could have died.

“He looked down the barrel of it before it goes off and we were told don’t ever do that because if it goes off, it has the force of a grenade.

“So when James does that and half a second later it comes out, that’s how close we were to recasting.”

He Could Have Had A Heart Attack While Filming The Inbetweeners 2 

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The Inbetweeners 2 was filmed in Australia and the crew was ready for health issues that may arise due to heat.

According to director Damon Beesley,

“There were two medics and 40 litres of IV fluid on hand, but we didn’t wilt to the point where we had to stop filming. 

“Although, one lunchtime, James thought he was having a heart attack- whereas I was convinced it was that he’d just eaten the biggest bowl of chips and drank a pint of lager in 40 seconds. 

“So the medic had to come over and he just said, ‘No, you’ve got indigestion.’”

How Would It Be If The Show Is Aired Now? 

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Well, it is too easy! The show would have been out of place

The show had its own fair share of offensive remarks. Four teenage boys and one of them was the foul-mouthed Jay Cartwright played by James Buckley, what else can you expect? 

Here are some snippets of the dialogues. You be the judge! 

Neil: I stopped believing in God when I realised it was just ‘dog’ backwards.


Simon: Things have really changed. Girls might be about to notice us for who we really are

Jay: Well you’re f***ed then because you’re a t***


Neil [about Will’s Mum]: She’s fit!

Jay: Yeah, I’d f*** her. Wouldn’t you?

Will: Hmm well if she’s my mum, no?


Jay: When I say I’m gonna deliver, I f***ing deliver

Will: Oh, like a postman with Tourettes


Simon [getting carried away with bedroom talk]: I’m gonna **** your f***ing fanny off, you t***

So? Offensive? 

The Inbetweeners Had A Reunion Show But It Turned Out To Be A Disaster

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In a reunion show titled The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited which aired earlier this year, things went awkward, uneasy and disastrous! 

During the show, James Buckley looked like a total moron. Rightfully, he was upset about it! 

James Carr hosted the show and its direction was unclear. James didn’t now whether to be James Buckley or Jay Cartwright from years back! 

Fans had high expectations of hearing the anecdotes and to revel in the relationship between the four guys. However, James Carr intruded the anecdotes and disappointed the fans.

To remedy the situation, James apologised to his fans. 

His Other Ventures

James is also producing his own comedy podcast titled Complete Load Of Podcast where he talks about anything and everything he could. 

Remarkably, with 13 episodes so far, the podcast got great response from the audience. 

James Buckley Acted In Another Sitcom By The Inbetweeners Director

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Under the direction of Damon Beesley, James Buckley acted in a BBC sitcom White Gold which was aired in May 2017.

Another The Inbetweeners star, Joe Thomas was also part of the sitcom’s cast. 

Mites In His Eyes?


Unfortunately, James has been having issues with his eyesight due to Demodex mites in his eyes. 

“I went to the opticians because my eyes are failing, one eye is going bad. I haven’t been to the opticians for 21 years.

“The news that I got – which was worse than I could have ever imagined – was that I was told another reason why my eyes might be blurred is, ‘That you’ve got a mite in both of your eyes’.

“The optician saw my face straight away as he said it and went, ‘It’s not as uncommon as you think, loads of people have it’.”

Did James Buckley Had Too Much Fame?

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He said,

“I think I’m getting closer and closer to never leaving my house again.

“If someone said to me ‘I would really like to be famous,’ I would say to them ‘You really don’t’.

“Because I’m struggling with it and I’m not even that famous.

“I’m not anywhere near Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt or someone like that and I really, really struggle with it. I find it really difficult.

“Having people take secret pictures of me, it just fries my brain.

“I’m just a bloke, just come and talk to me. I’d love to talk to you.”

“The price of fame, which we’re finding out more as there’s more people killing themselves, is your mental health.

“And you cannot put a price on that.”

He Loathes Shows That Make Money Out of Depressed Guests

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He refused an interview opportunity in ITV’s This Morning daytime show. Sharing the reason, he said

“I was asked to go on This Morning and daytime TV shows and chat shows to talk about it. I’m like, ‘I did talk about it. You didn’t report it properly and it made me even more anxious and depressed’.

“The reason why I wasn’t comfortable talking about my anxiety on certain shows is that I thought the whole thing was sort of hypocritical.

“I think they’ve baited people that have probably had mental health problems and used that to make entertainment.”

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“Whatever you’ve got to say about Kerry Katona, for example, she’s obviously got some demons, and they roll that clip out at every opportunity. 

“I don’t want to see anyone taken advantage of like that. How she got to the point where they were like, ‘Yeah you can go on. You’re fine.’ 

“It’s really, really unfair and it does not help the problem at all.


“To be used like that would be horrific and would make you go even more insane.” 

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