James Lafferty - Updated Jun 2024

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James Lafferty

James Martin Lafferty is an American actor, director, and producer. James Lafferty is best known for his portrayal of Nathan Scott on The CW teen drama television series One Tree Hill from 2003 to 2012.

Early Life

James Lafferty was born on July 25, 1985, in Hemet, California, United States of America. Currently, he is 38 years old under the zodiac sign Leo. James is the son of Jeffrey and Angelica Lafferty. His parents operated a local construction business, which was fairly successful. Likewise, he is raised with his younger brother Stuart Lafferty. Similarly, he holds an American nationality. Similarly, talking about his interest he develops a keen interest in films at an early age.

He and his younger brother would spend hours watching films on TV as kids and would enact their favorite characters. Thus, his early days played a major role in building his acting career. Likewise, his parents had some friends working in the film industry, which made it easy for James to make a breakthrough.

James Lafferty

Caption: James Lafferty Childhood pictures. (source: Instagram)


Moving on to his education, he attended Helmet School until 2003 and then moved to California State University Long Beach. In school, his love for basketball took over his passion for acting. Although he was waiting for his entertainment career to kick off, getting involved with basketball prevented him from concentrating on his acting career.

He played many inter-school matches for his school team. According to his coach, James is the best player on the team. He is the ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) too. Upon graduating from high school, he started appearing in auditions.

James Lafferty – Net Worth 2024

Moving on to his net worth there is no exact income revealed yet. Known through some sources he has around $ 5 million income source. But he has not clearly, mentioned his income.

Career and Professional Life

James Lafferty started his acting career as a kid, with small roles in series such as ‘Dr. Quinn,’ ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ and ‘Medicine Woman.’ He is not credited for playing those roles. Nevertheless, his love for acting intensifies. Likewise, he participated in school plays, and by the time he was 10, he started playing major roles in his school theater productions.

James played guest roles in several series, which gave him great exposure. By the time he graduated from high school, he had already made appearances in ‘Emeril,’ ‘Once and Again,’ and ‘Boston Public.’ Although most of these stints remained uncredited, his talent was evident. In 2002, his love for basketball, along with his previous acting experience, earned him the ‘ESPN’ TV film ‘A Season on the Brink.’ The film was based on the antics of the basketball team of ‘Indiana University’ around the year 1985 and was based on the book of the same name. The film was appreciated and James’s performance as ‘Steve Alford’ was appreciated.
Though James did not play the main character, he received immense coverage and this helped him in his transition from a child actor to an adult actor. James auditioned for a major role in ‘The Perfect Score’ but did not get the role because he was too young for it. The role eventually went to Bryan Greenberg. The film starred Chris Evans too. James then appeared in a one-episode stint in the series ‘Get Real.’ His performance in that one-episode role helped him score an audition for the upcoming series ‘One Tree Hill.’
In 2003, everything changed selected to play the leading role in the series ‘One True Hill.’ The story revolves around two half-brothers, ‘Nathan Scott and ‘Lucas Scott,’ who do not get along well despite being on the same basketball team. During the series, James’s character grew immensely. The character, which was initially that of an angry high-school teenager, became the father of a kid by the fifth season.
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Caption: James Lafferty BTS shot from directing tonight’s episode of the royals one. (source: Instagram)


This huge transition was handled well by James, and his fan base grew steadily over the years. In 2008, James participated in several charity events. The entire cast of the series played basketball matches to collect money for social causes. James soon became a household name and ended up earning four nominations for the ‘Teen Choice Awards for his effective portrayal of ‘Nathan Scott.’ James also exhibited his directorial skills in a few episodes of ‘One Tree Hill.’ In 2009, James appeared in the science-fiction psychological horror film ‘S. Darko,’ which was a sequel to the cult-classic film ‘Donnie Darko.’
However, the film was shredded to pieces by critics, who described it as probably the worst movie ever made. The film did not have a theatrical release. Once ‘One Tree Hill’ ended, James became busy with other projects. He appeared in the series Crisis,’ playing the starring role of a teacher. The role received an average response from critics and audiences.
He then starred in an independent film ‘Waffle Street,’ which became a favorite with film festivals and won several awards. However, the film did not do any wonders at the box office. In appearede appears in the series Underground. He donned the cap of the director for a few episodes of the series ‘The Royals. With a not-so-great acting career, he announced later that he looked forward to more directorial ventures.

Relationship Status

Similarly, Knowing through the social site Instagram he is in a beautiful relationship with Alex Park. There is not much information about their relationship. James has a secretive nature. He keeps his personal life away from the media. Likewise, he has been in a relationship with his ‘One Tree Hill’ co-star Sophia Bush for about a year. However, in 2011 James’s affair with Memphis Eve Hewson became public.

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Caption: James Lafferty with his current girlfriend Alex. (source: Instagram)

Body Measurements

James Lafferty is quite good-looking and attractive. James stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 94kg. His biceps and chest are 15 and 40 inches respectively. Moreover, his shoe size is not yet given. He looks amazing with a pair of dark brown eyes and curly black hair.

James Lafferty – Social Media

Furthermore, talking about his social accounts James Lafferty is active on all social accounts. He has more than 1.1m followers on Instagram. 75k followers on Facebook and he is not active on his Twitter account.