James Doherty was born in Guildford, Surrey on 17th December 1966. He received education at Felsted School in Essex. He was also a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
He attended the Guildford School of Acting.
His extensive work on stage include Come From Away (Phoneix Theatre, 2020) as Claude; In Lipstick (Pleasance Theatre, 2019) as Dennis; Fatherland (Frantic Assembly/Lyric Hammersmith, 2018) as Steve; Aladdin (Lyric Hammersmith, 2016) as Widow Twankey; Beyond Caring (National Theatre/UK tour, 2016) as Phil; Eventide (Arcola Theatre, 2015) as John; Kiss Me, Kate (Royal Albert Hall/BBC Proms, 2014) as Gunman/First Man; God of Carnage (Northampton Theatre Royal, 2012) as Michael; London Road (National Theatre, 2012) as Terry; Chicago (Cambridge Theatre, 2011) as Amos Hart; Super Alice Smith (Trafalgar Studios, 2009) as Ken Bright/Joe King; Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 2008) as Saurel; Teenage Kicks (Assembly Rooms, and Edinburgh Festival, 2007) as John Walters.
Doherty also has quite a few film credits like Ted Bonwell in Kat & The Band (2017); Snout in A Midsummer Nights Dream (2016); Seb in London Road (2015); Brian in The Batsman and the Ballerina (2014); Foreman in Closed Circuit (2012); Jono in Deviation (2012); TV Reporter in In the Loop (2009); Trevor in City Rats (2009); James Coldwell in Too Much Too Young (2007) and Tony Sheridan in Backbeat (1994).
He may have the most experience working on television. His long list of TV appearances includes Charles Turnbull in Outlander (Starz, 2020); PC Hughes in Motherland (BBC, 2019); Kenneth Ridley in Queens of Mystery (Acorn TV USA, 2019); Scott Heritage in Coronation Street (ITV, 2019); Rob in Clique (BBC, 2018); Tony Albright in Doctors (BBC, 2017); Phil in Coronation Street (ITV, 2016); Detective Harry Fisk in Suspicion (October Films, 2016); and Mr Coleman in The Job Lot (ITV, 2015).