In 2002, James got married to Beverley Turner. Beverley Turner is a television and radio presenter from United Kingdom. As a loving husband and wife, they have already welcomed three children together. They are still bonded into this married life. His nationality is British and is of white ethnicity.
As a child, James was enrolled at Kingston Grammar School. He has been interested in sports since his young age. While he was in Kingston Grammar School, he began rowing. As a youth rower, he took part in the Junior World Championships. He also took part in the Junior World Championships in 1990 and this time he won the gold medal. After his high school graduation, he joined University of Reading with a major in Human Geography. He finally earned his Bachelor of Science (BSc) from there in 1993. He also attended Brunel University and graduated from there with a Master of Science (MSc) in 1999. After he was included into the senior squad, he didn't win any major titles till the mid 1990s. In 1997, he was included with Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and Tim Foster in the men's coxless fours. That year he won these rowing World Championships. He also won this championship in the next two years. He won this first gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He has also established himself as a broadcaster and has presented on ITV and Channel 4. At the end of 2010, Discovery Channel released his exploits as a documentary titled The Toughest Race on Earth. His net worth is $3 Million.