Robert James Reid, more popularly known as James Reid, was born in Sydney, Australia on May 11, 1993. When he was 2 years old, his parents separated and he was left to the care of his Australian father. When he turned 15, James and his father moved to the Philippines due to financial issues and to address his father’s medical needs. Due to cultural differences and language barrier, James had a hard time adjusting to local schools, prompting his dad to enroll him in an Australian distance-learning center based in New South Wales, Australia.
James Reid started his showbiz career as one of the housemates in the hit reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash in 2010. Despite being almost force evicted twice due to health issues, James was still was named the Big Winner.
After winning PBB, James signed a 2-year contract with Star Magic and was seen in several ABS-CBN programs including the teen-oriented show Shoutout!, the teen dance musical drama anthology series Good Vibes and the daytime drama series Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Pintada. However, Jame’s didn’t quite make a mark.
It was in 2012, after becoming a talent of Viva Artists Agency and being launched in the film Diary ng Panget together with Nadine Lustre, that James started to get noticed. The film, which was based on a Wattpad novel, was a box office success, earning at least 119.5 million pesos during its 4-week run. In 2014, James and Nadine reunite in Talk Back and You’re Dead which also became a hit. Also in the same year, the JaDine love team signed a two-year contract with ABS-CBN and was officially launched as Kapamilya via the weekend series Wansapanataym Presents: My App #Boyfie.
Earlier this year, James and Nadine starred in the Star Cinema and Viva Films co-production, Para sa Hopeless Romantic alongside Julia Barretto and Iñigo Pascual. On August 10, 2015, their first teleserye, the romcom On The Wings of Love, premiered on the Kapamilya Primetime Bida.
It was also confirmed that JaDine will reprise their roles in the upcoming sequels of their hit movies, Diary ng Panget and Talk Back and You’re Dead. James will also join Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga in the movie adaptation of Gonzaga’s best-selling book, Dear Alex, Break na Kami, Paano?! Love, Catherine.
Apart from acting, James is also a noted recording artist and has released several albums which included songs that he wrote himself.