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Swaggering back for Season 2!

Swagger Season 3 out now on Apple TV

James Bingham


It was a part in The Sound of Music as an 8-year-old that sparked Year 12 James Bingham’s passion for acting. He enjoyed the experience so much he was inspired to start acting lessons and star in several short films before his agent suggested he audition for a new Apple TV+ show called Swagger, based on the early life experiences of the legendary basketball player, Kevin Durant.

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Acting Audition in Perth

James’ initial self-tape audition in Perth caught the eye of the show’s producers in a worldwide casting search to find the right fit for the role of Drew Murphy, a character from the well-heeled part of town who is key to bringing the team together in the show.

The producers received 5 000 audition tapes, including James’, who was just 14 at the time. “I did some self-tape auditions, then they asked me to send some footage of me playing basketball. So, I did that and then I got home from school one day and my mum told me we were off to LA for a chemistry read! We literally jumped on a plane that night and spent two days in LA so I could audition.”


No Day Off: James Juggles Books and Basketball for Breakout Role

The only international actor in the cast, James had to train hard to play basketball at a high level. “I only played casually before, but I did enjoy the game. I had to train hard before I left for the US and during filming, I trained six to seven times a week. Plus, I had to juggle my school work. I left ASC for one and a half years to film and during that time I studied with SIDE (School of Isolated and Distance Education) so that I could carry on with the Australian curriculum.”

Learn more about Year 11 and 12 education at All Saints College in Perth.


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Acting in America

Filming the first season was an incredible experience for James. “I was only 14 when filming started, so my mum or dad would come with me, and they were incredibly supportive; all my family were. As I was the only international actor, my castmates also made me feel really welcome and helped me with playing an American high schooler; they became like a second family. It was a great experience being on set. We keep in touch now that I’m back in Perth.”


Studying Certificate IV in Business in Perth

While back in Perth, James plays in multiple school bands and likes to record his own original soundtracks on top of studying a Certificate IV in Business at All Saints College.

What subjects can Year 11 and 12 students study at the College?


Swagger back for another season on Apple TV

James will be leaving ASC in July to film the second series of Swagger. “Acting is 100% the career I want to pursue. I am so excited to head back to the US and film the second season. Hopefully, I can relocate at some point in the future.”

From all at ASC, we wish you the very best for your future acting career, James!


Where to watch Swagger TV Show

Swagger Apple TV+


About All Saints College

All Saints' College is a co-educational Anglican day school in Perth, Western Australia. We cater to students from pre-kindergarten to Year 12. All Saints College is located in Bull Creek, a southern suburb of Perth. All Saints was Founded in 1981 and the college prides itself on being the first Anglican co-educational school in the Perth metropolitan area.

With a philosophy that centres around diversity and inclusivity, aiming to reflect the broader community, we offer a well-rounded education with a focus on preparing students to be collaborative, responsible members of society.

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