Charlie Hamilton James

Presenter, Visual Artist

1974 –


Who is Charlie Hamilton James?

Charlie Hamilton James is an English photographer, television cameraman and presenter, specialising in wildlife subjects. He started his career at 16, working on David Attenborough’s The Trials of Life. His work has since been commissioned by National Geographic Magazine, the BBC's Springwatch/ Autumnwatch shows and The Natural World and he now works primarily with his wife, Philippa Forrester.

Their first collaboration, made when he was just 26, was My Halcyon River. Following its success, in 2003 they set up a production company, Halcyon Media, which specialises in wildlife productions. In 2007, they co-produced An Otter in the Family, a short documentary series about the adoption of an otter cub called Grace and their attempts to raise her as a wild animal in order to be released into the wild. They also produced the four-part Halcyon River Diaries, the first episode of which was broadcast on 16 May 2010 on BBC1. The series follows the wildlife found near their home. An additional episode was shown at Christmas, 2010.

The couple live in the West Country and have three sons. All three have appeared in the couple's television programmes.

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on July 23, 2013


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