Sir James Harrison
James Harrison in 2012.
Background information
Birth name James Steven Harrison
Born 6 February 1981 (1972-10-17) (age 32)
Burton upon Trent, England
Also known as Lord of Pop
Origin London, England
Genres Hip Hop, RnB, Rap, Pop
Occupations Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer, Actor, Executive Producer, Director, TV Presenter
Years active 1987–present
Labels JAT Records
Associated acts JAT, Girls Aloud, Katie Harrison, Louise Harrison, Sophie Harrison, Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Ne-Yo, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Professor Green, Labrinth, The Saturdays, Edurne, Jennifer Lopez, Will.I.Am, Dappy, Tulisa, Pixie Lott, Cher Lloyd, JLS, Michael Jackson, Psy, Rita Ora

Sir James Steven Harrison KBE, CBE, KG, KCVO, CH, GCVO (born 6 February 1981) is an English singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, executive producer, director and TV presenter. He is best known for being a member of boy band JAT. He has also set up his own record company with his band members and called it JAT Records.

Early Life

Harrison was born in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, England. He grew up with nine younger siblings. Harrison made his first TV appearance in 1987.

Music Career

Despite setting up a band in 1994 JAT didn't release an album until 1996 and Harrison released solo album in 1995. James set up a band whilst in Year 8 at high school with mates Thomas Atcherley, Andrew Collins, Jake Wyss and Ryan Wilson. They brought out their first song Earthquake in 1996. In 1997 Harrison set up a record company called JAT Records. In 2002 he signed up newly formed girl group Girls Aloud. He stated in 2002 after signing the girls up "I feel that adding these young, fresh girls to my record company could turn out to be a fantastic addition". As he tried to improve the girls musical career he worked along side them hoping to earn Top 10 hits. He did a re-mix of Girls Aloud number 4 hit Biology in 2010 which went to Number 1, this turned out to be the 10th number 1 Harrison had earnt whilst working with Girls Aloud. His first was Sound of the Underground which he wrote.

James has wrotre all their songs some he wrote by himself some with other members of the band. Up until 2011 he wrote all of Girls Aloud's songs. He wrote Girls Alouds songs he said he did quite well with songs and they were very successful. 22 of the 27 songs reached number 1 and all reached the top 5. Harrison stated in a news conference "I feel that the girls are easily capable of writing their own songs and I am giving them chance if they need me to come back and help them I will but this is a major opportunity for them to show what they can do without me".

After Girls Aloud released Power Mad he said "I knew they were capable of releasing songs that would reach the huge levels I helped them with but this album is amazing well done girls. You deserve all the plaudits you're getting I am really proud nicely done".


Main Article: James Harrison Discography or JAT Discography

Studio Albums

Compilation Albums


Harrison has brought many companies he already owned JAT Records Ltd. but added more to it over the years.

  • JAT Records Ltd., Harrison started up this company and owns a 85% stake.
  • BBC, Harrison bought the company in 2012 for around £5.2 Billion.
  • Samsung, Harrison bought the company in 2010 for an undisclosed fee estimated at £4.4 Billion.
  • Nationwide Building Society, Harrison bought the company in 2007 for around £3 Billion.
  • Burton Albion F.C., Harrison bought the club in 2012 for around £150 Million.
  • FC Inter Milan, Harrison bought the club in 2007 for an estimated £700 Million.

Honours & Awards

List of Awards received by James Harrison

TV & Film Career


Year Programme Role
1987 Assassination 6 Year Old Child
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Porky Pig (voice)
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Young Child
1989 Always Young Child
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Shredder (voice)
1991 JFK Greg
1992 1492: The Conquest of Paradise Pinzón's Son
1992 Wayne's World Sam
1995 Jumanji Van Pelt
1999 At First Sight Phil Webster
1999 Bats Major Reed
1999 Walking Across Egypt Robert Rigsbee
2001 Pearl Harbour First Lieutenant Rafe McCawley
2001 The Affair of the Necklace King Louis XVI
2003 11:14 Officer Hannagan
2003 Biker Boyz Soul Train
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Jason Voorhees
2004 EuroTrip Jamie
2006 United 93 Tom Burnett
2007 300 Pleistarchis
2007 There Will Be Blood H.W.
2008 Kung Fu Panda Tai Lung (voice)
2008 Iron Man Obadiah Stane
2009 Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees
2009 Avatar Colonel Miles Quaritch
2009 2012 Jackson Curtis
2009 The Hangover Dr. Stu Price
2009 The Hurt Locker Sergant First Class William James
2010 Leap Year Jack Brady
2010 Cool Brett
2011 Valkayrie Valkayrie
2012 Valkayrie II: The Return of Valkayrie Valkayrie
2012 The Hunt for Jesse James Jesse James
2012 Searching for Eden Mark Jones
2012 The Hunger Games Peeta Mellark
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Peeta Mellark
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I Peeta Mellark
2014 Valkayrie III Valkayrie
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II Peeta Mellark
2016 James Bond 26 James Bond
2016 Valkayrie IV Valkayrie
2018 James Bond 27 James Bond
2018 Valkayrie V Valkayrie
2020 James Bond 28 James Bond
2020 Valkayrie VI Valkayrie


Year Programme Role
1996–present Children in Need Guest Performer
2000–present The Borough Sir Richard Ringle
2000–2009 My Family Mark Johnson
2004–present The X Factor Judge
2007–present Being...JAT Himself
2007–2012 Britain's Got Talent Guest Performer
2009 Let's Dance for Comic Relief Contestant
2010–2012 The Voice of Holland Judge
2011 The Voice USA Judge
2012–2013 The Voice UK Judge


Main Article: Valkayrie (book series)

Main Article: Fantasy (book series)

Other Books


In 2012 Harrison annouced he was part of a team of 10 people attempting to climb all 14 of the world's eight-thousanders (every mountain 8000m or higher). Harrison may be part of the first ever team to climb to the top of K2 and Broad Peak in the winter

2012-13 Eight-Thousander expedition

Main Article: JAT & Friends 8000m Challenge The following dates are the start of the climb in brackets is the expected date in which they should return to the base of the mountain

  • 14 December 2012: K2 (16-17 December 2012)
  • 4 January 2013: Kangchenjunga (6-7 January 2013)
  • 14 January 2013: Lhotse (15-16 January 2013)
  • 19 January 2013: Makalu (20-21 January 2013)
  • 24 January 2013: Cho Oyu (24-25 January 2013)
  • 28 January 2013: Dhaulagiri I (28-29 January 2013)
  • 3 February 2013: Manaslu (3-4 February 2013)
  • 8 February 2013: Nanga Parbat (8-9 February 2013)
  • 11 February 2013: Annapurna I (11-12 February 2013)
  • 14 February 2013: Gasherbrum I (14-15 February 2013)
  • 18 February 2013: Broad Peak (18-19 February 2013)
  • 22 February 2013: Gasherbrum II (22-23 February 2013)
  • 26 February 2013: Shishapangma (26-27 February 2013)
  • 1 March 2013: Everest (3-4 March 2013)

Personal Life

Harrison was trained as a police officier in 1995 aged 14. In 1993 after he dad returned from 12 years in the armed forces he trained up Harrison in intensive 4 hour training 340 days a year until 2005. He first met Kimberley Walsh in 2000 both aged 19 the couple met at a JAT Concert and they started to date. Harrison and Walsh got married in 2001. They have six children; Nadine (b. 2002), Corey (b. 2002), Charlotte (b. 2004), Lucas (b. 2004), Bianca (b. 2009), Louise (b. 2012). Harrison's sons Lucas and Corey play for Liverpool FC's youth team. In August 2011 Harrison's wife Kimberley Walsh publicily announced child six was on the way.

James is the first child of Steven Harrison MP and Amanda Harrison. He is also part of the Outstanding 10.

James (b. 1981)
Katie (b. 1981)
Louise (b. 1981)
Joe (b. 1983)
Gabriella (b. 1983)
Matthew (b. 1984)
Sophie (b. 1988)
Brooke (b. 1991)
Ashlynn (b. 1994)
Charlie (b. 1997)