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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

20 questions with James Clayton

Meet the Vancouver-based award winning producer and actor

Meet James Clayton

James Clayton is an award winning producer, actor, and co-founder of Motorcycle Boy Productions.

Born in Winnipeg his first aspirations were to become a comic book artist. Winnipeg experienced a boom in filming in the early 2000s and James was fortunate enough to be scouted by local casting agencies. It wasn’t long before the acting bug really hit him and he relocated to Vancouver to pursue acting further.

Over the past fifteen years James worked hard to develop his skills not only as an actor but as a filmmaker and founded his production company Motorcycle Boy Productions in 2012. Since then he has developed, financed, packaged, produced, and starred in five feature films. He’s appeared on hit shows such as The 100, Timeless, Fringe, Minority Report, Supernatural, and made his feature film debut in K-19: The Widowmaker, starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson.

In 2017, James will star alongside Gary Busey and Chelah Horsdal in the psychological thriller Candiland, alongside Matt Frewer, Costas Mandylor, Taylor Hickson,  Elysia Rotaru, and William B. Davis in the neo-noir, action/horror Residue, and will square off against 8 other versions of himself in the sci-fi thriller Down The Line.

Outside work, James spends his time with his wife and family, who all relocated to Vancouver, and is a big advocate of cross-fit training.

You can follow James on Twitter or visit him online at

20 Questions with James Clayton

Your first job.

Selling Lemonade. I always had the entrepreneurial spirit. I made good money. Bought a Dick Tracy comic book with my first earnings.

The job you always wanted as a child.

Comic book artist. Always wanted to do a Spider-Man or Batman comic.

Your pet peeve.


Your hero.

Hugh Jackman.

Your biggest indulgence.


One thing no one knows about you.

I actually don’t have one!

Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

My wife, my cat, and waffles.

The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


If you were not an actor, what would you be doing?

I’d probably be a doctor.

Hero or villain?


Your life’s motto/mantra.

Anything is possible.

The song that gets the most play on your iTunes playlist.

“7 to 1” by Pure Bathing Culture.

Your favourite play.

Glengarry Glen Ross.

If you were a cartoon character which cartoon character would you be, and why?

Optimus Prime. He stands for the ultimate good of all living things.

What will it say on your grave marker?

No regrets.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Gandhi, if he was still alive.

Your idea of happiness.

Hot summer day gardening with my wife.

The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

I have a great wife, friends, and family. I’m pretty lucky.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?

Keep doing what you’re doing.

To be or not to be?

To not make either choice is the worst thing anyone could do.

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