James Jacob Lomas is a British Olivier Award-winning actor best known for his role as Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical.
Lomas was one of the three original Billy Elliots of the original West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. He continued performing until 7 January 2006. Together with his two original colleagues Liam Mower and George Maguire, alternating in the role of â€œBillyâ€, he performed again in a first anniversary Gala show on 12 May 2006.
Lomas started dancing with the Sharon Berry School of Theatre Dance in Sheffield at around the age of 12, after his Drama teacher suggested he pursue dancing in order to be able to perform on a West End stage. He attended Ecclesfield School, in Chapeltown.
Lomas was featured in Strictly Dance Fever performing part of the Musical finale, and in several TV interviews and short clips related to the Musical. In July 2006 he played the title role of young blind Nicholas Saunderson in the new musical "No Horizon" in Penistone / Northern England and was well received for his performances.
He has won the Variety Clubâ€™s 2005 Outstanding New Talent award, and, jointly with Liam Mower and George Maguire, the Theatre Goersâ€˜ Choice Award 2005 for The Most Promising Newcomer, as well as - unique in British theatre history - again jointly with his two mates, the most prestigious Sir Laurence Olivier Award 2006 for Best Actor in a Musical. Billy Elliot the Musical has won several awards: The Evening Standard Award 2005, the Criticsâ€˜ Circle Theatre Award 2005, the Theatre Goersâ€˜ Choice Award 2005, and the Sir Laurence Olivier Award 2006, all for best British Musical.