Who is Theo James? Here's everything we know about the hunky 'White Lotus' actor

Obviously, *that* 'The White Lotus' scene piqued your interest about Theo James, so here's the 411 on his life and career!

Theo James as Cameron Sullivan HBO The White Lotus Season 2 - Episode 2
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If you've been catching up with White Lotus season 2, you may find yourself wondering where you've seen Theo James,a.k.a. Cameron, before—especially after that rather blush-inducing nude scene.

For anyone who is yet to tune into Jennifer Coolidge's iconic renaissance in HBO Max's The White Lotus, allow us to fill you in. The first season of the award-winning show saw a group of jet-setters arrive at an exclusive Maui resort, but despite their outwardly lavish lives, we quickly learned that all is not what it seems. There's drama, intrigue and quite the star-studded cast—and we're only talking about season one here.

Now, the sophomore season takes place in a whole new location and introduces some new faces into the cast of The White Lotus season 2—namely Theo James, who plays Ethan's college roommate Cameron Sullivan. And let's just say, the showrunners have not been stingy with the Theo content so far...

And no doubt, James' debut on the show will have some fans wondering where they've seen the actor before. (Hint, it's a major teen movie franchise.) So here's everything we know about Theo James, from his age to his movie and TV career. And yes, we're obviously going to talk about that nude scene—we're only human!

Who is Theo James from 'The White Lotus'?

Theo James is a British actor hailing from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. He landed his first major TV acting role in 2010 and has since gone on to star in some mega film franchises, but we'll get into that later!  

James was announced as a cast addition to The White Lotus season 2 in February 2022, per The Hollywood Reporter. Of his character Cameron Sullivan, Theo told Collider: "In his arrogance and his place of privilege, he thinks that money allows certain people to do what they want to do, which is obviously a completely toxic place to think from. That’s what [creator Mike White is] commenting on." 

"But the other thing that Mike is commenting on is that this couple, as messed up as they are and as toxic as they are, get off on these games," James continued. "Not only are they in love, but they have an incredible sex life. They’re highly attracted to each other still, after several children and being together for many years. It’s a strange and terrible place to be, but it’s also a place that works and is intoxicating."

Theo James age: how old is he?

Born on December 16, 1984, Theo James is currently 37 years old. That—for anyone who is curious—makes him a Sagittarius.

Theo James wife: is he married?

Sorry fans, this heartthrob is definitely off the market! He is married to Irish actress, Ruth Kearney, who is known for playing the likes of Eliza Campion in Sanditon, in which her hubby also previously starred.

The pair tied the knot in 2018 after meeting in film school back in the UK,
and welcomed their first child together, a daughter, in August 2021.

Theo James movies and TV shows

Wondering what else Theo James has been in? Get ready for a dose of teenage nostalgia!

Theo is perhaps best known for starring as Four in the Divergent franchise, as well as David in the Underworld films alongside Kate Beckinsale. Most recently, he also played Captain Henry Ossory in Mr. Malcolm's List.

Television-wise, James has been in series like Sanditon, Downton Abbey, The Time Traveller's Wife, and of course, The White Lotus

'The White Lotus' Theo James scene

Theo James fans certainly got an eye-full in the premiere of The White Lotus season two, but it turns out the scene was almost way more "graphic."

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Theo revealed: "The initial version we shot was way too much. So, we did a more subtle version. They toned it [down]."

Theo then added that there is a reason behind the nude scene, saying: "It's never arbitrary. It's always character-driven. It's always, you know, moving the [story] forward," before quipping, "It is in my contract that I'm not allowed to do anything without being completely naked. It's funny because we're all kind of naked. It's a holiday show, really," 

For anyone who has not seen the scene (all three of you), Theo's character Cameron goes back to the hotel room of Harper (played by Aubrey Plaza) to borrow some swimming trunks. He then strips off to change, but not before Harper catches a glimpse of his nude reflection. The scene sparked a major reaction from fans, with many even questioning if the actor was sporting a prosthetic penis—however, this is so far yet to be confirmed.

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Fans react to 'The White Lotus' Theo James scene:

Of course, we couldn't not include a few golden reactions to said scene...

One fan tweeted: "Pausing the changing scene with Theo James to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me."

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While another wrote: "Theo James that HAD to have been a prosthetic right?" And a third fan posted a very relatable reaction...

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You can watch Theo James in The White Lotus, airing Sundays at 9pm on HBO and HBO Max. 

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.