James Norton Is Imogen Poots' Boyfriend — Get to Know the 'McMafia' Star and Details of Their Romance

Manuela Cardiga
Apr 13, 2021
08:10 A.M.
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James Norton, the boyfriend of "I Know This Much Is True" actress Imogen Poots landed one of the lead roles in the new HBO fantasy series "The Nevers."


Fans will probably remember James Norton best as Mr. Brooke in "Little Women," the penniless tutor who manages to land Emma Watson as his bride, who could blame Meg for falling for him...

Norton is tall, buff, ruggedly handsome, with a certain aristocratic air. In addition to his hundreds of thousands of fans, the British leading man has captured the heart of the beautiful Imogen Poots. 

James Norton at the Chopard Gentleman's Evening in 2018 in Cannes, France | Source: Getty Images



Norton and Poots met in 2017 when they were cast in the Amy Herzog play "Belleville." At the time, Norton was dating "Fargo" actress Jessie Buckley, but when the relationship ended, he asked Poots out.

By May 2018, the relationship was serious enough for the couple to make their red carpet debut at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Norton and Poots' relationship became official.

Norton has been starring in the series "McMafia" as the British-educated son of a Russian mafia family.



For most of the last three years, the couple's relationship was mostly long-distance, with Norton living in London and Poots flitting backward and forwards over the Atlantic from New York to be with him. She confessed:

“It’s all I’ve ever known. I’ve never known something to fall apart because of distance.”



The COVID-19 pandemic has brought some changes to the couple's relationship. In late 2020, it was revealed that the two actors were living together in Norton's London home.

Norton and Poots attended the Venice Film Festival in September 2021, where the actor promoted his film "Nowhere Special," a tear-jerker in which he plays a dying single father determined to find a home for his young son.



As healthy and rugged as he appears to be, Norton has been dealing with a serious metabolic condition for most of his life: Type 1 diabetes, which usually manifests during childhood or adolescence. Norton revealed:

“I have to inject [insulin] every time I eat carbohydrates — up to 15 times a day, with 5mm needles you use discreetly."



Poots and Norton seem to be heading for the next level, but the actress has admitted that she is still busy exploring the world and isn't ready to slow down quite yet.

Norton is very close to his family, and since his parents retired from teaching, they have traveled with him to locations all over the world. Norton's father loves taking on minor roles in his son's series and films.



Norton has been starring in the series "McMafia" since 2018 as the British-educated son of a Russian mafia family at odds with his legacy of crime. Now he is taking on a new role as another type of conflicted villain.

Norton has been cast in one of the main roles in HBO's "The Nevers" as a pansexual aristocratic playboy who decides to sexually exploit women with superpowers in Victorian London.


Norton really does have a deft touch with villains, but he may also be in line to play one of cinema's most iconic heroes of all time: British secret agent James Bond.

The role is traditionally attributed to British actors and has been played by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and most recently by Daniel Craig. Norton is allegedly on the shortlist, but competition is fierce.

Among the "contestants" for the coveted role of 007 are Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Regé-Jean Page, and Cillian Murphy. The list is impressive, but fans of James Norton are betting he pips them all at the post.


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