Philip Taptiklis is a British-Greek business consultant, born in West Derby, England to parents Barbara Jean Dorothy and Nicholas Theodore Taptiklis. He relocated to New Zealand with his family. Philip is the father of actor Theo James, who is best known for his role in the Divergent franchise. Philip Taptiklis is married to Jane Martin, who works for the National Health Service. They have five children together, including Theo James.
His Son, Theo James
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis is a British actor of Greek and Scottish descent, born on 16 December 1984 in High Wycombe, England. He was raised in Askett and attended Aylesbury Grammar School, before studying philosophy at the University of Nottingham. After completing his undergraduate studies, he trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. With two older brothers and two older sisters, Theodore comes from a large, supportive family.
His career began in 2010 with a television debut in two episodes of A Passionate Woman and playing Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk in an episode of the first season of Downton Abbey. He appeared in the 2010 film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and was named a ‘Star of Tomorrow’ by Screen International. James starred in the short-lived horror series Bedlam (2011) and the British comedy The Inbetweeners Movie (2011). He appeared in the miniseries Room at the Top (2012) and films The Domino Effect (2012) and Underworld: Awakening (2012). Additionally, James starred as Detective Walter William Clark Jr. in the American crime-drama series Golden Boy (2013).
James achieved his breakthrough role in 2014 when he portrayed Tobias “Four” Eaton in the film adaptation of the novel Divergent. He subsequently reprised his character in the sequels Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016). Since then, he has continued to build his career with roles in a variety of films and television series. In 2015, he starred alongside Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess in the film adaptation of London Fields. He also starred as Michael in Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) and as Will Younger in the Netflix film How It Ends (2018). In 2019, he executive produced and starred as Sidney Parker in the British series Sanditon, as well as executive producing and starring in the film Lying and Stealing (2019). In the same year, he launched his own film and TV production company, Untapped.
He recently produced and starred in the 2020 science fiction film Archive, as well as the romance series The Time Traveler’s Wife (2022). His portrayal of the titular time traveler has been described as “dashing and a little sardonic”.
James and Ruth Kearney, an Irish actress, have been married since 2018 and divide their time between California and London, the couple has a daughter born in 2021. James is a brand ambassador for Hugo Boss Fragrances, having appeared in print ads and commercials. In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, James has been an advocate for refugees’ rights and has called for greater humanitarian aid for those displaced by the Syrian Civil War.