James Gardiner Biography and net worth

By | May 11, 2023

Who is James Gardiner? James Gardiner is a Ghanaian actor, master of ceremonies, TV & radio personality, humanitarian, model, and entrepreneur. He has starred in movies like Ghana Jollof, The New Adabraka, and Desperate to Survive.

James Gardiner Profile Summary


Real name: James Yaw Gardiner (Paa Kow)
Age: 38 years old
Date of Birth: May 16, 1985
Nationality: Ghanaian
Hometown: Agona-Asante, Ashanti Region
Tribe: Asante
Instagram: @jamesgardinergh
Facebook: James Gardiner
Twitter: @jaygardinergh

Early life

James Gardiner was born in Accra, Ghana, on Thursday, May 16, 1985. He lost his dad when he was about a month old. He grew up in Taifa, a suburb of Accra.


Gardiner comes from Agona-Asante in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is the only child of his biological parents. He is 38 years old as of 2023.


James Gardiner’s mother is a Nurse based in the United States. She is a native of Agona-Asante in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The actor’s father is late. He was a Fante man from Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana.


He has three stepsiblings, one from his mother’s side and two from his father’s.


Educational Background

Gardiner had his primary and junior high school education at Star Avenue and Star of the East School, respectively. He proceeded to St. Augustine’s College for his Senior High, and from there, he went to the University of Cape Coast to study Bachelor of Arts. However, he majored in philosophy.


James is not yet married. However, he has a baby mama, and they are currently in a relationship.


He has a son called Ty.

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James Gardiner wanted to be a radio presenter or an MC growing up. He began these two careers at the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana, where he had his Tertiary education. James was presenting on the Campus radio, Radio Valco, and MCing campus programs, such as pageantries. As a young boy, he hosted kids’ programs in church.

After he finished his studies at the University of Cape Coast, he did his National Service at Joy FM, Ghana, as a radio presenter. He was the only National Service Personnel who was made to read news, advertisements and make announcements on the radio. He later became the presenter of the entertainment segment on Drive Time on Joy 99.7 FM when Bola Ray was hosting the Drive Time.

After some time, James Gardiner was given his radio show, a four (4) hour music show on Hitz FM called the R N B Experience. While he was still hosting this show, one of his aunts told him about an audition for a Television presenter, and since he wanted to add TV to his radio career, he went for the auditions to host a TV show that belonged to the late Fennec Okyere.

However, at the audition, James met a lady who told him to consider acting and recommended him to her producer friend (Samuel Ruffy Quansah), who was looking for new actors to work with.

Gardiner’s acting career began after he went to see Samuel Ruffy Quansah, the CEO of Young Father Production, and did an audition. He starred in his first film, Desperate to Survive, a Samuel Ruffy Quansah film, with stars like Jackie Appiah after the audition. The second movie he starred in is “Love and Last,” which features Nollywood stars like Tonto Dikeh.

James Gardiner can now boast of starring in over a hundred movies, some produced in Ghana and other African countries, including Nigeria.


• A Taste of Sin
• Unmarried
• Behind Me
• Glamour Girls
• Eko Miami
• Ghana Jollof
• Broken Mirror
• Shuki
• A Night With Her
• The New Adabraka
• The Men We Love
• A Woman’s Scorn
• Skinny Girl in Transit
• Desperate to Survive
• Love Shenanigans
• Love and lust
• Bachelors
• Uncomplicated
• Royal Diadem
• My Husband’s Secret
• It is
• 3-Some
• Hotel Babylon
• Shattered Romance
• Greetings from Abroad
• Sugar (The Movie)
• From Freetown
• Single, Married, and Complicated
• Wedding Day
• John and John


• Most Stylish Personality of the Year – YEN Entertainment Awards 2023.
• Best Actor in a Supporting Role – NAFCA Awards 2017.


• Best Entertainment TV Presenter – RTP Awards 2016.
• Movie Personality of the Year – Glitz Style Awards 2018.
• Lead Actor – Ghana Movie Awards 2018.
• Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role – Ghana Movie Awards 2019.
• Fan’s Favorite Actor – Ghana Movie Awards 2019.
• Actor of the Year – 7th Emy Awards 2022.
• The Male Movie Star of 2022 – Africa Choice Awards 2022.


He owns a house in Accra.


He drives a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Fortuner, and other cars.


Gardiner has set up a car rental business, and he is one of the owners of Play Nightclub located in Osu, Accra. He also has a Shito business called Shito Supremo.

Net worth

He has an estimated net worth of $800,000.

FAQs about James Gardiner

• How old is Ghanaian actor James Gardiner?
He is 38 years old as of 2023.

• Where is James Gardiner from?
He comes from Agona-Asante in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

• Is James Gardiner a Ghanaian?
Yes, he is a Ghanaian.