One of the best parts about the Divergent series is Theo James as the sexy and tattooed, Four. Seriously, we don’t even really need to pay attention to the plot of the sci-fi thriller when he’s onscreen. In celebration of the British God’s 31st birthday, here are 9 things you never knew about Theo James.
1. His real name is Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis.
Obviously, Theo James is just a tad easier to spell.
2. He used to clean up dead people’s body fluids.
This was his job when he worked for the National Health Service in England. Acting might just be a little easier.
3. Theo fell into acting by accident.
After graduating from the University of Nottingham, his girlfriend at the time wanted to try out for Drama School. Theo went along for the ride and ended up getting in. The girlfriend however, did not.
4. He got his big break on Downton Abbey.
Unfortunately, his character, Mr. Kemal Pamuk only lasted one episode because he dies in the middle of a sex session. However, Pamuk changes the course of the ENTIRE show.
5. He adores Harry Potter just as much as we do.
Theo confessed to GQ that he was hesitant about being in a YA franchise, but he remembered being obsessed with Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings growing up.
6. He can beat box!
Seriously, this dapper dude has rhythm. He was also a singer and guitarist in a band called Shere Khan.
7. He’s quite keen about practicing his smooches.
Theo spilled the beans at an LA press conference for Divergent. He said, “I wanted to practice the kissing scene as much as possible, I kept being like, ‘listen, we need to go over that scene again.’ Genuinely, though, we wanted it to be as good as possible because that’s the only time [Tris and Four] get together. When they eventually kiss, I want it to seem earned and not just, ‘Oh, they need to get it on.’” We’re available if you need more practice Theo!
8. He’s a hero in real life!
Theo’s Divergent costar Zoe Kravitz chatted with SheKnows about a trailer door getting accidentally slammed in her face. She said, “The door slams shut…and I just feel the blood coming down.” Theo then had her lie down and applied ice. “Being the gentleman that he is…he was like, ‘Do you want to see it or do you not want to see it? It’s not that bad, but it’s kind of bad’” What a gentleman!
9. He’s been called the next Brad Pitt!
We’ll take it!