Ishbaalplayed by James Floyd
ISHBAAL is the prince of Israel, second son of King Saul and Queen Ahinoam. Ishbaal is boastful and proud, but also close and loyal to his family. He’s merciless like his father, but is quick to anger in a more volatile way. Ishbaal has a sharper eye for vengeance, and is willing to go further to get what he wants. And what he wants, despite the fact that Jonathan stands before him, is the throne of Israel. No matter the cost. He’s also a skilled warrior and general, eager to prove himself, and he won’t let anyone stand in his way.
James Floyd was recently selected as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and starred as the lead role in the upcoming US spy-thriller “Newcomer,” alongside Golden Globe-winner Anthony LaPaglia. Floyd also won the “Best Newcomer” award at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards and was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow. His breakout role was as the lead in Sally El Hosaini’s highly acclaimed feature film “My Brother the Devil.” The film won awards and huge critical plaudits at Sundance, BFI London and Berlin Film Festivals, among many others. As well as the BIFA award, Floyd was nominated at the Evening Standard Film Awards and also won the “Best Actor” award at the Milan Film Festival. The Daily Telegraph cited his performance as “reminiscent of Robert de Niro” and The Hollywood Reporter noted that “’My Brother the Devil’ should put Floyd on the casting map. Certainly, he has the looks and charisma on which to build a career.” Empire magazine called his performance “magnetic.” Time Out’s review of the film, commenting, “James Floyd in particular must now be on every director’s must-cast list. If Daniel Craig hangs up his tux and anyone’s looking for the first mixed-race Bond, here’s your man.” And the Evening Standard states, “Floyd’s performance is outstanding and points to many more starring roles.” The film was released in cinemas in several territories, including U.K., Europe, Canada and in 12 cities in the U.S.
Another notable performance was his starring role in “Everywhere and Nowhere” with Time Out calling his performance “career making” and The Guardian selecting him for their prestigious First Sight column, quoting, “Floyd’s impressively natural performance ought to get him noticed.” Floyd also portrayed Freddie Mercury in the BBC’s critically acclaimed biopic on the life of Kenny Everett, “The Best Possible Taste,” and The New Statesman singled out his interpretation as “a delightful performance.” He also took on a comedic role in Pathe’s “Tormented,” alongside Alex Pettyfer, Tuppence Middleton and Georgia King; as well as roles in “The Infidel,” with Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff and Matt Lucas; and “Compulsion” in company with Ray Winstone and Parminder Nagra, a film for ITV based on “The Changeling” by Thomas Middleton, which was a huge ratings hit in U.K.
As well as being a rising star on the screen, Floyd also has a critically acclaimed stage profile, having won attention for his theatre work, beginning his career as a member of the National Youth Theatre. In 2007, Floyd made his mark on the stage of the Royal & Derngate theatre, playing the role of Angus McBane in J.B. Priestley’s “The Glass Cage.” The Independent praised James as “a star in the making.” Other notable theatre work includes his acclaimed starring role in “Dov & Ali” at Theatre 503, a performance that was considered “quite superb” by The Stage newspaper.
Other upcoming films include the drama “Rearview” with Antonia Thomas.