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James Murphy

James Murphy


Agency founder

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20th March 1968

Fantasy business partner

David Golding and Ben Priest.

How do you off-set your carbon footprint?

Obsessive recycling, eco-tricity and running a 15-year-old banger into the ground.

Greatest influence



Soho House, Crap Godfathers Club.

Favourite gadget


Desert island objects

My wife, Victoria, my daughter, Gabriella, my iPod with speakers.

Most-admired politician

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democracy movement in Burma. Having spent more than 11 of the past 18 years in detention for resisting Burma's military dictatorship, she's a symbol of how peaceful resistance can be powerful.

Favourite media

The Sunday Times, Uncut, Gavin & Stacey, Radio 4,

Biggest risk taken

Making fantasy flesh.

Perfect day

Drink sangria in the park and later, when it gets dark, we go home?

Who should play you in the film of your life?

Rodney Bewes.

Career highlights

The postroom at Bates, graduate at Ogilvy, chief executive at Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R.

Fictional hero

Samwise Gamgee.

Best job outside advertising

Ski guide on a gap year.


After getting oh-so-near to the Agency of the Year crown last year, Murphy decided that instead of going for it again with Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R he would jump ship and start his own agency. After six months of pruning flowers he is chomping at the bit to get started. He is guaranteed to be central to much of the industry news for the coming 12 months.

Most expensive purchase


Why are you good at what you do?

A combination of vaulting ambition and crushing self doubt.

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