James Davis was born and brought up in London. He started fencing at the age of four and immediately displayed a natural aptitude for the sport.
In 2008 he became the first Briton to medal at a European Cadet Championships when he picked up a bronze medal. He represented Team GB at London 2012 before going on to win individual and team European foil bronze in 2013 and then clinched the individual gold a year later in Strasbourg.
At the end of 2015 he was ranked number seven in the world and was part of the team that helped clinch a Team GB quota spot at Rio 2016.