James Parbery

Actor, Band Member, Singer, Guitarist, Other Musician,… more

New South Wales, Australia
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Maggie May

An 1850s sea shanty spiced up. Vox, guitar, double bass, drums, fiddle, mandolin and pub!

01Maggie May
02Ode to Colin Orr
03The Whale
04Ocean of Darkness
05The Ballad of John Silver

Physical Attributes

180 cm / 5ft 11in
75 kg / 165 lbs
White / Caucasian
104 cm / 41 in
Skin color:
86 cm / 34 in
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Credits & experience

  • 'Lawyer X' investigation for SkyNEWS : lead actor; Terry Hodson (re-enactment of his murder), directed by Luke Blair
  • 'Maggie Mae' music video : lead actor/singer; Jimmy Parbuckle, directed by Jerry Retford
  • 'Wench for Sale' 89.9FM Hawkesbury Radio & Defenders of Thompson Square : writer, director, lead actor
  • 'Mutiny!' live theatre (regular show), Dynamic Experience Group : writer, producer, lead actor, directed by James Parbery
  • 'Mutiny!' live theatre, Dynamic Experience Group : writer, producer, lead actor, directed by James Parbery
  • 'Thompson Square Eulogy', DOTS : writer, lead actor; priest, directed by Malcolm McLennan
  • 'Wake in Fright' T.V. min-series, Network Ten : Desk Sergeant, directed by Kriv Stenders
  • '2:22' feature film, Lightstream Pictures (USA); : 'Newspaper Man', directed by Paul Currie
  • Sunrise, Channel 7 : Captain Pineapple the Pirate, produced by Sean Flynn
  • 'Litter Vikings' promo film : Füthork the Viking, directed by Pete Malecki
  • 'Convict Footprints', live theatre (2nd season) : lead; engineer Captain Gother Kerr Mann, directed by Jerry Retford
  • 'Carne' short film : lead - News Reader, Goalpost Pictures for TedX Festival, Sydney Opera House
  • 'Adanna' short film, SAE : lead; Father
  • 'Convict Footprints', live theatre : lead; engineer Captain Gother Kerr Mann
  • Mishra TV: 'Aryans' 3D feature film/period comedy : support - Sir Henry Thomas Colebrook, British academic
  • Vivid Festival : Host, Sydney Harbour Tall Ships
  • Australia Day Tall Ship Events : MC & Director, Sydney Cove International Passenger Terminal; Dept. of Minister & Cabinet
  • Sydney Drama School - Toni Higginbotham : TVC Intensive
  • ALDI 'It's Christmas' TVC : Dozey husband; Otto
  • 'Yummy Cuppy' short film : Brundle - slimy CEO of a bean company
  • 'Dropping Bombs' - short film/comedy : co-lead - Stephen, a dopey father
  • Sydney Harbour Treasure Hunts : Pirate Captain - corporate theatrical events
  • Cocoa Crisis - web advert for Finder.com.au/Radical Love : phoney politician, Andrew Smythe MP, Minister for Import Trade
  • Short & Sweet Festival - 'Brainstrust' satire; runner up BEST PLAY, judges' choice : LEAD - PM Tony Abbott
  • Short & Sweet Festival - 'Milton' : co-lead - Dr. Abrahams, psychiatrist
  • Mosman Musical Society 'Tommy' (The Who) rock opera : Uncle Ernie - principal antagonist
  • Ted Brunetti Studios : workshop - Everything you need to know about playing Comedy
  • 'Crash Test Drama' competition, New Theatre : Prize winner BEST ACTOR - the vicar in short play 'Losing the Plot'
  • 'Crash Test Drama' competition, New Theatre : Prize winner BEST ACTOR - Alf, a dopey father in short play 'Pecan Pie'
  • ACA : The Acting Edge with Dean Carey
  • 'Jimmy Parbuckle & The Reeelers' : CD 'Behold!' released for international distribution
  • Channel 7 (Digital Channel 74); 'Showcase TV' with Courtney Dober : Interviewed about acting, art, music and adventures
  • WTFilm Pty Ltd; 'Factory Hands' period drama set in Tennessee USA, c.1910 : bit part - grieving father
  • 'Convict Trail' promo/educational film : support - explorer John Howe
  • 'Dear Dad', short film : lead - man with Parkinson's disease (John) and voice of grandfather
  • 'King of the Gallows' short film : support - Captain Benjamin Black Eyes
  • 'The Parkway' psycho thriller : support - Brian the fisherman
  • 'Evenings with It', short film : antagonist - sleazy guy Frederick Mavis
  • 'A Sailor's Spirit' (2D animation) : narrator - voice of a sea captain
  • ABC TV / Triple J 'unearthed' Julia Why? music video : featured - homeless man
  • 'My Fear', short film : support - father of the bride
  • 'Study Assist' online ads : multiple lead comic roles
  • 'Don't Feed the Birds' comedy, New Theatre : lead - nerdy suitor
  • 'Attack of the Pirates' live theatre, Sydney Harbour Tall Ships : stunt man / captain / pirate
  • Channel 10 'The Bachelor' : played captain of sailing ship, assisted co-ordination of film shoot
  • Australiana Pioneer Village : 19th Century Teacher; wrote script and performed Victorian era lessons for children
  • Dynamic Experience Group : Creative Director; wrote, directed & produced 'Convicts Castles & Champagne', featured on Channel 7 'Sydney Weekender'
  • Sydney Harbour Tall Ships : promoted to Senior Master (Captain) & Creative Director
  • Dynamic Experience Group : producer, director, lead actor for Corporate Team Building & Treasure Hunts on Cockatoo Island, Goat Island, Georges Head
  • Actors Centre Australia : Power of Performance (Sam Haft), Screen Acting (Damian Foley) 2011, The Acting Edge (Dean Carey) 2014
  • Channel 9 'The Shak' : co-writer and co-lead actor
  • ABC1 'Darwin's Brave New World' : ship co-ordinator (sailing) and featured extra
  • Sydney Harbour Tall Ships : Master (Captain) of Southern Swan. Created 'Pirate Cruise' show and played lead acting role
  • TVNZ 'Shortland Street' : bit part - a businessman
  • BBC4 'Voyages of Discovery' : wrote & performed music for episode 'The Making of Captain Cook'
  • Channel 10 period drama 'The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant' : Featured - Captain of First Fleet ship, Thomas Gilbert
  • Jimmy Parbuckle & The Reeelers : released debut album, performed live ABC National Radio, two Top Ten hits on international radio
  • American Zoetrope/Nine Network 'Moby Dick' feature film : stunt double for Ishmael (lead)


Acting experience

Previous paid speaking roles

Acting agent

Bedford & Pearce Management Pty Ltd

  • English
  • French

  • Australian
  • Irish
  • New Zealand
  • UK Cockney
  • UK English
  • UK Posh
  • UK Scottish
  • USA Boston
  • USA California
  • USA New York
  • USA Southern
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Russian

I won the BEST ACTOR award in the Sydney Crash Test Drama competitions in August and October 2014 and was consequently cast to play lead roles in two 2015 'Short & Sweet' plays. I've performed multiple lead comic roles for a series of internet advertisements and TV advertisements and have acted in over twenty films (drama and comedy) since launching my acting career in 2014.

Recent film roles include an evil pirate (antagonist), a man with Parkinson's Disease (lead), an Australian explorer (support), an English upper class twit (support) a slimy villain (antagonist), a grieving father from Tennessee (bit part), a cracked business owner (lead) and a desk sergeant (bit part) for Kriv Stenders' remake of the Australian classic 'Wake in Fright'.

Prior to 2014 most of my acting experience has been historical dramas and live (immersive) comedy for educational and corporate team building events - which was a sideline to my work as a tall ship captain. I have written, produced, directed and performed in most of these productions.

Early film & TV highlights include the role of Captain Thomas Gilbert in the historical TV drama 'The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant' (alongside Sam Neill and Alex O'Laughlin), writing and performing music for the BBC series 'Voyages of Discovery' and the lead role in a Channel 9 children's comedy, 'The Shak' (which I co-wrote).

In recent years I decided to pursue acting more seriously and studied at the Actors Centre Australia (ACA) under the inspired tutelage of Sam Haft, Dean Carey and Ted Brunetti (2010-2015). I am now pursuing an acting career while working part time as a tall ship captain.


Guitar ability


Vocal ability

Lead singer

Vocal range


Singing styles
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Classical

Favourite genres
  • Pop
  • Country

Influences: The Pogues, Paul Kelly, Fairport Convention, The Beatles, The Dubliners, Sweeney's Men, Martin Carthy

With stage name 'Jimmy Parbuckle' I am lead singer/guitarist of the folk band 'The Reeelers'. We have produced two albums and scored two Top Ten hits on an international radio station. We have played at folk festivals, publicity events and vice regal events. We have performed live on prime time ABC radio and prime time television. Our music has been used in a number of independent films and promotional videos. Samples of our music can be heard here and at www.cdbaby.com/cd/jimmyparbucklebehold .

TV & Reality

In addition to the acting roles noted above, I have played stunt double for Ishmael in 'Moby Dick' (starring Patrick Stewart and Gregory Peck), featured as a musician in the BBC production 'The Last Great Adventure', appeared in a number of TV advertisements and have played speaking roles for Reality TV shows 'Castaway' (NZ), 'The Bachelor' (AU) and 'The Amazing Race' (US), interviewed on prime time 'Showcase TV' about my acting, art, music and adventures for the Seven Network TV4ME, interviewed on Channel 9 as tall ship captain during the Centennial Naval Review, played a comedy role for Channel 7 'Sunrise' TV and played a police sergeant for the Kriv Stenders remake of 'Wake in Fright', a two part series for Channel 10. I recently played a re-enactment of murder victim (lead) for a crime investigation on SkyNEWS, directed by Luke Blair.


TV presenter experience

Previous paid TV presenter roles

  • English
  • French

  • Australian
  • Irish
  • New Zealand
  • UK Cockney
  • UK English
  • UK Posh
  • UK Scottish
  • USA Boston
  • USA California
  • USA New York
  • USA Southern
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Russian

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