James Frain

Actor, Director, Playwright
Actor James Frain was a quintessential chameleon. Regardless of the role he portrayed - whether it was a sinister Spaniard in "Elizabeth" (1998), a classical pianist in "Hilary and Jackie" (1998), or a soft-spoken ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1968 in Leeds, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (71)

Marvel's Agent Carter 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Born of War 2014 (Movie)

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Reckless 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Architect 2014 (Movie)

Miles Moss (Actor)

All Things to All Men 2013 (Movie)

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Alpha Alert 2013 (Movie)

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Grimm 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

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Sleepy Hollow 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Lone Ranger 2013 (Movie)

Barret (Actor)

The White Queen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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The Mentalist 2012 (Tv Show)

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Transit 2012 (Movie)

Marek (Actor)

Burn Notice 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Cape 2011 (Tv Show)

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Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

Rosie's Caretaker (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2010 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Miami 2010 (Tv Show)

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Flash Forward 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Leverage 2010 (Tv Show)

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Miami Medical 2010 (Tv Show)

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Tron: Legacy 2010 (Movie)

Jarvis (Actor)

True Blood 2010 (Tv Show)

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Californication 2009 (Tv Show)

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Everybody's Fine 2009 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2009 (Tv Show)

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In Plain Sight 2009 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

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Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Tudors 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Fringe 2008 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2008 (Tv Show)

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Quid Pro Quo 2008 (Movie)

Father Dave (Actor)

Numb3rs 2007 (Tv Show)

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Invasion 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Closer 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Front Line 2006 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

24 2005 (Tv Show)

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Empire 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Into the Blue 2005 (Movie)

Reyes (Actor)

Medium 2005 (Tv Show)

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Strong Medicine 2005 (Tv Show)

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Threshold 2005 (Tv Show)

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Pilot Season 2004 (Tv Show)

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Spartacus 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Armadillo 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Count of Monte Cristo 2002 (Movie)

Villefort (Actor)

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Sunshine 2000 (Movie)

Young Gustave Sonnenschein (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

Forney Hull (Actor)

Titus 1999 (Movie)

Bassianus (Actor)

Elizabeth 1998 (Movie)

Alvaro de la Quadra (Actor)

Hilary and Jackie 1998 (Movie)

Daniel 'Danny' Barenboim (Actor)

Red Meat 1998 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Vigo - Passion for Life 1998 (Movie)

Jean Vigo (Actor)

What Rats Won't Do 1998 (Movie)

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Nothing Personal 1997 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Loch Ness 1996 (Movie)

Adrian Foote (Actor)

Rasputin (Hbo) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Report from the Grave 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Strangers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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An Awfully Big Adventure 1995 (Movie)

John Harbour (Actor)

Prime Suspect 3 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Shadowlands 1993 (Movie)

Peter Whistler (Actor)

Dark Relic (TV Show)

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Intruders (TV Show)

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Orphan Black (Tv Show)

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Path To War (TV Show)

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The Mill on the Floss (TV Show)

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The Miracle Maker (TV Show)

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Biography

Actor James Frain was a quintessential chameleon. Regardless of the role he portrayed - whether it was a sinister Spaniard in "Elizabeth" (1998), a classical pianist in "Hilary and Jackie" (1998), or a soft-spoken librarian in "Where the Heart Is" (2000) - Frain always extracted hidden layers of his characters' emotions and brought them to the forefront. Frain also delivered strong performances on the action drama "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) as well as on the critically acclaimed Showtime miniseries "The Tudors" (2007-2010), as a commoner who rises to power as King Henry VIII's ally. But it was Frain's impressive turn as a psychotic vampire obsessed with a human on the award-winning HBO series "True Blood" (2008- ) that put him on the map and successfully showcased his range as a performer.

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England 1990 - 1993

University of East Anglia

1987 - 1990

Milestones

2002

Co-starred in the remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo"

2002

Acted on stage in London in "King Lear"

2000

Cast an a American who befriends a fellow prisoner (Ben Affleck) in John Frankenheimer's drama "Reindeer Games"

2000

Returned to London stage as a gay man in "Other People"

1999

Appeared as Bassanius in Julie Taymor's "Titus"

1999

Portrayed the legendary French filmmaker in the biopic "Vigo - Passion for Life"

1999

Portrayed Ralph Fiennes' brother in "Sunshine"; released in USA in 2000

1998

Delivered a fine turn as the ambiguous Spanish ambassador to the Tudor court in "Elizabeth"

1998

Reteamed with Watson, playing Argentine pianist Daniel Barenbohm to her cellist Jacqueline Du Pre in the biopic "Hilary and Jackie"

1997

Initial screen teaming with Emily Watson in "The Mill on the Floss"; played Philip Wakem, the childhood sweetheart of Watson's Maggie Tulliver; aired in the USA on PBS' "Mobil Masterpiece Theatre"

1996

Played the leading Russian assassin in the acclaimed HBO movie "Rasputin"

1995

Played a single-minded leader of a paramilitary group of Protestants in Northern Island in "Nothing Personal"

1995

Breakthrough TV role as an abusive aristocrat in the series "The Buccaneers" (aired on PBS in the USA)

1993

Just before graduating from drama school, was cast in first film role

1993

Feature acting debut as Peter Whistler, an Oxford student who clashes with C S Lewis (Anthony Hopkins), in "Shadowlands"

1993

Early TV credit as a "rent boy" in "Prime Suspect 3" (aired on PBS in the USA)

1990

Accepted at Central School of Speech and Drama

As a child, decided to be an actor

After secondary school, worked odd jobs and traveled before enrolling as a theater student at the University of East Anglia in 1987

Began writing, directing and acting in amateur productions as a teenager

Raised in Essex

Bonus Trivia

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"What's been good [about my career] is that every time

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"I am rarely satisfied with what I've done. But most actors would say that. You see it and you want to do it again, because you always learn something from watching what you've done." --James Frain, quoted in London TIMES, June 5, 1999

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