James Harman


It was with great sadness we heard at IBY that James Harman has died after a very brief illness. James was an actor who contributed to the “World’s Longest Touring Pantomime”, when he began working for Aubrey Phillips and his touring “Snow White” pantomime. James played The Wicked Queen for Aubrey and often worked alongside his great friend Barbara Jackson.


The tour started (before James joined the company) in 1969 and continued for almost forty years, culminating in a short season at The Victoria Palace. Debbie Young a fellow Birmingham resident joined James playing Snow White, and his friend Colin Beach often appeared, alongside his lifelong friends Brian Johnston and Dave Peters.

James appeared in Comedies, thrillers and variety over a career that began in the 1970’s.


James became friend and later manager to Kathy Kirby, and was instrumental in setting up her website. Although Kathy did not use a computer, he promoted clips of her performances in the 1970’s on youtube, and built up a fan base for her in her later years.His friend Kathy died in 2011.


James wrote her biography “Kathy Kirby- Secrets, Loves and Lip Gloss”.



4 thoughts on “James Harman

  1. Laura September 23, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply

    I was very upset to hear this news, but this is a lovely obit Nigel. Thanks.

  2. BOBBIE KENT September 29, 2016 at 9:43 am Reply

    A great talent R.I.P James, you are back in Aubrey’s Company once more.

  3. Ian Harman November 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm Reply

    So sad to hear this news,we spent many weekends together as children as well RIP. Ian Harman

  4. Tim April 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm Reply

    So sad. A beautiful person.

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