James Purefoy

Actor, Hospital porter
A dashingly handsome, dark-haired actor hailing from Somerset, England, James Purefoy did extensive stage and television work in his native country beginning in the mid-1980s before breaking out with significant film ... Read more »
Born: 06/03/1964 in Taunton, Somerset, GB

Filmography

Actor (43)

Equity 2016 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Hap and Leonard 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

High-Rise 2016 (Movie)

Pangbourne (Actor)

Roots 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Momentum 2015 (Movie)

Mr. Washington (Actor)

The Following 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Goose on the Loose! 2014 (Movie)

Kenneth Donnelly (Actor)

Poetic Unreason 2014 (Movie)

Graves (Actor)

Wicked Blood 2013 (Movie)

Wild Bill (Actor)

Episodes 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Carter 2012 (Movie)

Kantos Kahn (Actor)

Resident Evil: Retribution 2012 (Movie)

Spence Parks (Actor)

Solomon Kane 2012 (Movie)

Solomon Kane (Actor)

Camelot 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ironclad 2011 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

The Philanthropist 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Summit 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Rome 2005 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Samantha's Child 2006 (Movie)

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George and the Dragon 2005 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

Rawdon Crawley (Actor)

Resident Evil 2002 (Movie)

Spence (Actor)

A Knight's Tale 2001 (Movie)

Colville--Edward the Black Prince (Actor)

Domani 2001 (Movie)

Andrew (Actor)

Maybe Baby 2001 (Movie)

Carl Phipps (Actor)

The Lighthouse 2000 (Movie)

Prisoner Richard Spader (Actor)

The Wedding Tackle 2000 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Bedrooms & Hallways 1999 (Movie)

Brendan (Actor)

Mansfield Park 1999 (Movie)

Tom Bertram (Actor)

Women Talking Dirty 1999 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Feast of July 1995 (Movie)

Jedd Wainwright (Actor)

Angels 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Calling the Shots (TV Show)

Actor

Don Quixote (TV Show)

Actor

Injustice (TV Show)

Actor

Jilting Joe (TV Show)

Actor

Mayor of Casterbridge (TV Show)

Actor

The Cloning of Joanna May (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollow Crown (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A dashingly handsome, dark-haired actor hailing from Somerset, England, James Purefoy did extensive stage and television work in his native country beginning in the mid-1980s before breaking out with significant film roles at the close of the 90s. The performer made his professional acting debut as Alan Strang in a 1986 stage production of "Equus" and subsequently joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was featured in productions including "The Tempest" and "Macbeth." Looking to make the move to screen work, but finding little in the way of film roles, Purefoy began a successful television run with a co-starring role on the Granada-CV series "Coasting," chronicling a theme park owned by two brothers in Blackpool. In 1991, he made his debut on American television when PBS broadcast "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" as a presentation of "Mystery!" His supporting role in the British miniseries "The Cloning of Joanna May" landed him back on the small screens of USA when it was aired on A&E in 1992, and the following year he was featured in the three-part miniseries "Calling the Shots" on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre."

Relationships

Holly Aird Actor

Companion
Together from 1996 to 2002 mother of his son Joseph

Gwyneth Paltrow Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 2002 No longer together

Joseph Purefoy

Son
born in 1997 mother, Holly Aird

Fay Ripley Actor

Companion
Had an eleven-year relationship, after the two met at Brooklands Technical College in Surrey

EDUCATION

Sherborne School

Sherborne, Dorset

Central School of Speech and Drama

London, England

Milestones

2016

Starred in the Wall Street drama "Equity"

2016

Nabbed the lead part of Hap Collins on the crime series "Hap and Leonard"

2016

Played John Waller on the mini-series "Roots"

2013

Played an escaped serial killer opposite Kevin Bacon in Kevin Williamson's crime drama "The Following" (Fox)

2012

Reprised role opposite Milla Jovovich in action horror sequel "Resident Evil: Retribution," written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

2012

Co-starred with Taylor Kitsch in sci-fi Western "John Carter"

2011

Cast in West End production of Terrence Rattigan's 1942 drama "Flare Path"

2009

Starred as Teddy Rist on action drama series "The Philanthropist" (NBC)

2005

Cast as Mark Antony on HBO historical drama series "Rome"

2004

Starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in Mira Nair's "Vanity Fair," based on the William Thackeray novel

2002

Starred in "The Mayor of Casterbridge" (A&E)

2002

Featured alongside Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, and Eric Mabius in "Resident Evil"

2001

Portrayed the Black Prince in "A Knight's Tale"

2000

Featured in British miniseries "Metropolis"

2000

Played Carrasco in TNT original movie "Don Quixote"

2000

Delivered a fine turn as a debonair actor in "Maybe Baby"

1999

Starred in thriller "The Lighthouse"

1999

Cast as Tom Bertram in "Mansfield Park"

1999

Appeared in Coky Giedroyc's "Women Talking Dirty"

1999

Returned to the stage as one of the "Four Knights in Knaresboro"

1998

Played a heterosexual on whom a gay acquaintance develops a crush in comedy "Bedrooms & Hallways"

1997

Co-starred in acclaimed British miniseries "A Dance to the Music of Time" (Channel 4)

1996

Returned to Royal Shakespeare Company in "Les Enfants du Paradis"

1996

Acted on episodes of popular British TV show "Sharpe"

1996

Starred in British TV adaptation of "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"

1995

Performed with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

1995

Made feature acting debut in Merchant Ivory's "Feast of July"

1993

Featured in three-part "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation "Calling the Shots" (PBS)

1993

Appeared opposite Jemma Redgrave in short "One Night Stand"

1991

Had supporting role in British miniseries "The Cloning of Joanna May" (aired on A&E in the U.S.)

1991

Made U.S. television debut when PBS aired "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" as a presentation of "Mystery!"

1990

Co-starred on British TV series "Coasting"

1988

Joined Royal Shakespeare Company

1986

Made professional acting debut as Alan Strang in a stage production of "Equus"

Bonus Trivia

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Took a break from school before enrolling in college, working at a pig farm and as a porter at Yeovil District Hospital, and travelling and working extensively throughout Europe.

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Was starring in a Central School of Speech and Drama production of "Henry V" when he was noticed by a talent scout from the Royal Shakespeare Company and invited to join.

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Screen tested for the role of James Bond in the film "GoldenEye."

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Was originally cast as the lead in the film "V for Vendetta" but was replaced shortly into production.

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"When I started acting, I use to read all the reviews. Search them out like a crack addict. Anything in Pig Farmers Weekly? Motorcycle News? I once got a review that said I was an "uncommonly insipid Ferdinand" in the Tempest and from that moment I would ask myself am I being uncommonly insipid? After that I stopped reading the reviews." - from The Telegraph, June 13, 2013

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