James Gillies trained at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, and initially taught Speech and Drama, developing many of the core school examinations in the subject. From the 1990s he became a familiar voice across BBC television and radio. He left in 2013 to concentrate on his favourite part of the job: performance and, in particular, storytelling. Since then he has recorded hundreds of projects, including one to two audiobooks per month, and voiced ads and games for clients around the globe. James lives on Speyside in Scotland.