In 2009, he played Gavin Kossef in Crossing Over, appearing with Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd.
Set in Los Angeles, the story revolves around immigrants from different countries and backgrounds who share a common bond: they are all desperately trying to gain legal-immigrant status.
While performing his one-person show 'BUZZIN', based around his performance poetry, Jim was discovered by an acting agent.
He graduated from the University of Salford in 1999 with an HND in Media and Performance.
The band would also play gigs in and around his local area to any publican who would turn a blind eye to the fact that they were all under age.
Sturgess's first acting experience came when the local theatre group came to his school looking for children to audition for the local play.
In 2010, Sturgess starred in the film, The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir.
Sturgess co-starred in the epic science fiction film Cloud Atlas, which began filming in September 2011 and was released in October 2012.
Also in 2010, he did voice-over work for director Zack Snyder's 3-D animated feature film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, based on the children's book series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky.In 2007, he got his big break when he was cast in Julie Taymor's musical Across the Universe, portraying Jude Feeny, a young man who travels to the US amid the raging throes of the late 1960s and falls in love with a sheltered American teenager, Lucy, played by Evan Rachel Wood.In 2008, he appeared in the historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl in the supporting role of George Boleyn opposite Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana.Directed by Lone Scherfig, but delays pushed back the release date.A third film project in 2010 was Promised Land which was to be directed by Michael Winterbottom and, according to Variety, "will recount the lead up to the 1948 partition of Palestine and the subsequent creation of the state of Israel".
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In 2008, he played the male lead role of Ben Campbell in 21.