• Born Bryton Eric McClure in 1986 in Lakewood, California USA
• 33 year-old African-American Daytime Emmy award-winning actor, singer, and voice artist
• Best known for his role as Devon Hamilton in “The Young and the Restless”
• Won Daytime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award
• Net worth of more than $2 million

Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseAshley Leisinger
FactIs an only child.

Who is Bryton James? What is his age?

Born Bryton Eric McClure under the sign of Leo on the 17th of August 1986, in Lakewood, California USA, Bryton is a 33 year-old African-American Daytime Emmy award-winning actor, singer and voice artist. He is probably most famous to the worldwide audiences thanks to his most recognized role thus far – Devon Hamilton in one of the longest running and highest rated TV soaps of all time, entitled “The Young and the Restless”. He has also had a few other successes over the course of his often lucrative acting career since 1990.

Early life and education: The influenced inheritor

Bryton grew up an only child initially in his birthplace, though his family later moved to Fullerton.

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He was raised by his songwriter, musician, music producer and inventor father Eric McClure, and his mother Bette McClure, of an unknown profession. His father, who invented the “Sno-Jack” snow scooter, spent great amounts of time with his only son, all the while helping him develop a feeling for art, and primarily vocal performance. Bryton felt natural, steadily entering the world of performance, eventually growing his passion into a career. As for his education, he attended an unspecified high school in his birth state, from where he matriculated in 2004. There is no evidence that Bryton attended college afterwards, and the fans mostly believe that he doesn’t have a university degree.

Career: The slow but sure ascent

Bryton was pushed into the entertainment industry by his father very early on, being featured in a few magazine ads and TV commercials as soon as he was two years old, one of them being Michael Jackson’s. James was four years old when he started acting in a TV series, making his debut as Richie Crawford in the well-known sitcom “Family Matters” starting in 1990, the actor’s first ‘professional’ experience, remaining in the show for just about seven years, in more than 200 episodes. Thanks to that character, he was also featured eponymously in an episode of “ABC TGIF” in 1994. In 1996 he lent his voice to the video game entitled “Disney’s Animated Storybook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. The year 1998 marked his second ever character – Cory in the episode of “Smart Guy” entitled “Bad Boy”.

Bryton James

In 1999 he starred as Freddie Fay in “The Kids from Room 402”, while in 2001 he acted in a Disney production again, lending his voice to “The Jungle Book: Rhythm ‘n Groove” video game. In spite of his ever increasing success in Hollywood, James decided to take a break from his career for another three years until matriculation.

His most important year thus far

In 2004 Bryton was picked for the cast of “The Young and the Restless” – the TV soap that has been running since 1973. This extremely popular romantic drama series, focused on the struggle between two lead families, holds a number of unprecedented records in the US. It is thus evident that Bryton’s subsequent portrayal of Devon Hamilton in the show is by far his most famous achievement, as he continues in the role today. James has thus far participated in more than 1,000 episodes, and remains one of the vital characters of the current plot.

In total, the show holds 669 nominations and 274 wins, with well over 11,000 episodes. Its 10 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series definitely contribute to the recognition, while it’s also the highest-rated daytime drama on US television. According to the ratings by Nielsen Media Research, the show has been dominating its category since 1988 and for more than 1,300 weeks. It’s safe to say that every actor who gets to be in more than 1,000 episodes of the show, like Bryton, can expect a glorious career.

His other projects since “The Young and the Restless”

Even though fully engaged with the said soap, Bryton also found time to star in a number of other titles.

He first kept to just that role for six years, but in 2010 took up a number of offers – he gave his voice to Surge in “Lego Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies”, and starred as Luka Martin in seven episodes of the highly acclaimed “The Vampire Diaries”, in the same year he voiced the character from the said film, in the “Hero Factory” TV series (from 2010 to 2013). In 2012 James entered with the voice of Roy into “Winx Club: Beyond Believix” for one year, and voiced the same character in 21 episodes of “Winx Club”, until 2014. In 2013 Bryton voiced Virgil Hawkins in four episodes of “Young Justice” (and four more in 2019). In 2014 he gave his voice to Zare Leonis in “Rebels Recon” and “Star Wars Rebels”. In 2015 he was featured as the voice of Cyborg in “DC Super Friends”, in which he remained for seven episodes. He put other projects on pause due to the soap for two years, then in 2017 played Cory in “The Intruders”.

What does he do now?

While Bryton may not be involved in any upcoming titles, or any new ones in 2018 and 2019, he remains a much needed member of “The Young and the Restless” cast, and is expected to remain there for a while longer. The most likely reason why Bryton isn’t finding more work is because he’s very busy with the filming of the legendary soap, his current and all-time greatest source of income.

Love life: When did Bryton divorce, and who is he dating now?

When it comes to his romantic involvements, Bryton hasn’t been too keen on divulging such information to the media, yet a few details are still known. His early partners are not that publicly familiar, but he dated a woman named Ashley Leisinger from 2009. The two married in March 2011, but divorced due to unknown irreconcilable differences in February 2014; they didn’t have any children. A year later, he started dating actress Sterling Victorian, remaining with her from May 2015 to August 2016.

James has since been considered single, but due to the obvious lack of information, this is up for debate. Still, the fans have never associated him with a particular partner following his last relationship, and thus he hasn’t been subject to rumors. Bryton resides supposedly alone at an undisclosed location in the US, presumed to be Los Angeles, California.

The soap star: Awards and facts

Thanks to his admirable career performances, Bryton has been nominated for an award a total of 15 times, three of which he has won. His first was the Michael Landon Award for charitable work, awarded less for his screen presence and more for the monetary aid he’s selflessly provided to non-profit organizations. Most importantly, he won the Daytime Emmy award in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category for “The Young and the Restless”, receiving another six unawarded nominations for the same show, in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Lastly, James won The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award for the abovementioned show contribution in 2009, and was nominated for it another six times too, from 2005 to 2008, 2010 and 2012. Besides his official recognition, the popular actor is also known for his relations with a few other celebrities. The famous soap co-star Christel Khalil is his best friend, and he’s her son Michael’s godfather. Actor, writer and producer Daniel Goddard also chose Bryton for his oldest son Ford’s godfather. James tends to vacation with his best friend almost every summer, having been seen with her in Spain in 2015, and in Mexico in 2016.

What is Bryton James’ net worth?

Have you lately wondered just how rich Bryton could be, around the latter half of 2019? According to some of the most reputable sources available, the voice actor’s net worth is more than $2 million, earned thanks to years of persistent hard work in the entertainment industry, in particular his longer than thousand-episode presence in “The Young and the Restless”. Seeing as the show continues on, and the actor is still young, the said amount will definitely grow.

Body measurements: What is his height?

So, what do you think could be the physical specifications of the soap star? James is 5ft 9ins (175cm) tall. His weight, vital statistics, shoe and clothes size are not known, but his body shape is often described as regular. He has pitch black hair – though most frequently a shaved head – dark brown eyes, and a somewhat dim complexion.

Social media presence

How active do you think Bryton could be on social media? It is recommended to and expected of everyone involved in the entertainment industry to dedicate a good amount of time to their internet presence, so as to over time exponentially increase their earnings by maintaining a close relationship with the fans, informing them regularly about their professional and personal developments. Bryton seems to have caught onto the benefits of this business trend, and is considered ubiquitous on all three of the most popular social media networks. His private Facebook profile has almost 1,000 fans, his Twitter more than 65,000, and his Instagram close to 100,000 followers.

General Info

Full NameBryton James
Height1.75 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Singer


SpouseAshley Leisinger
ParentsEric McClure


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
TV ShowsZevo-3, The Kids from Room 402, Family Matters, The Young and the Restless

Social profile links


1Vacationed in Mexico with Christel Khalil in November 2016.
2Separated from wife, Ashley Leisinger, after 2 1/2 years of marriage. [September 2013]
3Is an only child.
4Vacationed in Spain in summer 2015 with Christel Khalil.
5Is godfather to Daniel Goddard eldest son, Ford.
6Is best friends with Christel Khalil and is the godfather to her son, Michael.
7Received the Michael Landon Award for Charitable Work
8His father, Eric, invented the Snow Jack snow scooter.




Young Justice2013-2017TV SeriesVirgil Hawkins Static
The Young and the Restless2004-2016TV SeriesDevon Hamilton Devon Hamilton Winters Devon Winters ...
DC Super Friends2015TV SeriesCyborg
Star Wars Rebels2014-2015TV SeriesZare Leonis
Winx Club2013TV SeriesRoy
Winx Club: Beyond Believix2012-2013TV SeriesRoy
Hero Factory2010-2013TV SeriesMark Surge
Miles Across the Sea2013TV SeriesEli
The Vampire Diaries2010-2011TV SeriesLuka Martin
LEGO HERO Factory: Rise of the Rookies2010TV MovieSurge (2010-) (voice)
Zevo-32010TV SeriesJason / Z-Strap
The Intruders2009Cory (as Bryton McClure)
The Jungle Book: Rhythm 'n Groove2001Video Game voice, as Bryton McClure
The Kids from Room 4021999TV SeriesFreddie Fay
Smart Guy1998TV SeriesCory
Family Matters1990-1997TV SeriesRichie Crawford
Disney's Animated Storybook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame1996Video Game voice, as Bryton McClure


The Young and the Restless2008TV Series performer - 1 episode


Jeopardy!2016TV SeriesDevon Hamilton
82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2013TV MovieHimself
The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Hit Music Central USA2012TV SeriesHimself
The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (as Bryton McClure)
The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The Tyra Banks Show2007TV SeriesHimself
SoapTalk2006TV SeriesHimself
37th NAACP Image Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
The 21st Annual American Music Awards1994TV SpecialHimself (as Bryton McClure)

Archive Footage

Family Matters1995TV SeriesRichie Crawford


Won Awards

2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2007Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
1998Michael Landon AwardYoung Artist Awards

Nominated Awards

2016Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2013Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2009Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2008Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2006Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2006Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesThe Young and the Restless (1973)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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