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James Brian Mark PurefoyProfile, Film Reference.com; accessed 12 February 2014. (born 3 June 1964) is an English actor. He played Marc Antony in the HBO series Rome, college professor turned serial killer Joe Carroll in the series The Following, and Solomon Kane in the film of the same name. In February 2018 he starred as Laurens Bancroft in Altered Carbon, a Netflix original series.
He was born in Somerset and attended Sherborne School before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His appearances in stage plays and a variety of television roles in the UK and USA have grown since the 1980s.

Early life

Purefoy was born in Taunton, Somerset, the eldest son of Anthony Chetwynd and Shirley (née Taylor) Purefoy. The Purefoy family were landed gentry, of Shalstone, Buckinghamshire; the family name passed in the female line through Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy's mother, Mary Lilias Geraldine, daughter of Admiral Richard Purefoy (who had changed his surname from Fitzgerald as his mother was the heir and niece of the politician George Purefoy-Jervoise, head of the family); she married Rev. Brian Mews, vicar of Tewkesbury, who changed his name to Purefoy.Burke's Landed Gentry, 17th ed., ed. L. G. Pine, 1952, Purefoy of Shalstone pedigree
Purefoy boarded at Sherborne School, which he left with only one O-level. He later went to night school and received 11 more O-levels, before taking his A-levels"When in Rome..." interview with Hannah Pool. The Guardian. 6 January 2007. at Brooklands College in Weybridge. He worked as a porter at Yeovil District Hospital before studying acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Career


Stage work

Purefoy's early professional roles included Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in Leatherhead, Walter in Mary Morgan at the Riverside Studios and Alan Strang in Equus on tour. He subsequently joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1988 and appeared in The Constant Couple, Macbeth, The Tempest, The Man Who Came to Dinner (Gene Saks, Barbican) and King Lear as Edgar.
Elsewhere, he has also appeared as Laertes in Hamlet at the Bristol Old Vic (1991) Brian in William Gaminara's Back Up the Hearse and Let them Sniff the Flowers at the Hampstead Theatre (1992), Roland Maule in Noël Coward's Present Laughter at the Globe Theatre (1993), Biff in Death of a Salesman, alongside Ken Stott and Jude Law, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds (1994), Tony in The Servant at the Birmingham Rep (1995). He returned to the RSC for Simon Callow's stage adaptation of the film classic, Les enfants du paradis at the Barbican. He also played Hugh de Morville in Paul Corcoran's Four Nights in Knaresborough at the Tricycle Theatre, (1999) and Loveless in Trevor Nunn's production of The Relapse at the National Theatre in 2001.
Between March and June 2011 he starred as Peter in Trevor Nunn's production of Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, alongside Sheridan Smith and Sienna Miller, as part of the playwright Terence Rattigan's centenary year celebrations."Official Press Release: James Purefoy And Sheridan Smith Join Sienna Miller In Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path Directed By Trevor Nunn", 27 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
He appeared as part of the ensemble cast of the 2019 West and Middle Chinnock Christmas Show, as well as singing several sea shanties from Fisherman's Friends.

Film and television

in 2009
Purefoy was screen tested for the role of James Bond in 1995 for GoldenEye, but ultimately lost the role to Pierce Brosnan. Throughout 2004 and 2005 Purefoy's name was rumoured as a possible candidate to replace Brosnan as Bond in future films. He played James McCarthy, a young man accused of murdering his father, in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," in Granada's The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. One of his notable roles was as Nicholas Jenkins in the eight-part miniseries A Dance to the Music of Time for Channel 4 in 1997. He played Edward, the Black Prince in the film A Knight's Tale, Rawdon Crawley in Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Bertram in the 1999 production of Mansfield Park.
He has played major roles in several television costume dramas, including Sharpe's Sword, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Prince and the Pauper, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Blackbeard: Terror at Sea, Beau Brummell: This Charming Man, The Tide of Life, Camelot and Rome.
He was originally the actor for V in the 2006 Film V for Vendetta but had creative differences with the production team and left the film six weeks into filming. Parts of the film contain (dubbed) scenes of Purefoy. Speculation suggested that his departure was due to an opportunity to play James Bond in the 2006 film Casino Royale.Morris, Clint. McMahon still in the running for 007 . MovieHole.com. 10 June 2005.
He played Mark Antony in the HBO/BBC original television series, Rome. At the time there were rumours that at least one nude body in the show had been digitally enhanced. When his Wikipedia entry, which at that time referred to the rumours, was brought up in an interview with Alastair McKay, published in the January 2007 issue of Out magazine, Purefoy said, "I won't say whose it was, but there was a penis in the series that may have been slightly enhanced. But it wasn't mine. Mine's all mine."McKay, Alastair. All Hail James Purefoy. Out.com.
Producer William J. MacDonald announced that James Purefoy would play Simon Templar in a new TV series of The Saint. The new series was scheduled to start shooting in Berlin and Australia in April 2008."James Purefoy to play Simon Templar in The Saint", The Saint Club. 5 December 2007. However, production ultimately did not occur and in August Purefoy was reported as negotiating with NBC to star in another series,The Hollywood Reporter: "http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i1da5db18eb0203bb6af7cdc7aa6f647c James Purefoy circles NBC series, 21 July 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2008 The Philanthropist.
He starred as Teddy Rist in the summer television series, The Philanthropist, which aired on NBC beginning on June 2009. His character is a billionaire playboy who decides to use his wealth and power to help others in need.
In 2013, The Following debuted, starring Purefoy as the lead antagonist of the series. He portrays Joe Carroll, a former professor who becomes a serial killer and leads a cult of followers, all whom help create Carroll's "story".
It was announced in June 2014 that Purefoy would join the cast of the film High-Rise with Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons. Later in 2014, Purefoy co-starred in the Formula 1-themed music video for David Guetta's song "Dangerous".
In February 2019, Hybrid (who provided the score to Interlude in Prague) released a short film to accompany their single "Hold Your Breath" from the album Light of the Fearless. The film starred Purefoy as the brooding 'Mr Black'.

Personal life

thumbright280pxPurefoy in 2011
Purefoy has a son, Joseph (born 1997), with the actress Holly Aird. He also has a daughter, Rose (born 2012) and another two sons, Ned and Kit, (born 2017) with documentary director and producer Jessica Adams. He married Adams in Somerset in July 2014.
Purefoy is a supporter of Yeovil Town FC.Purefoy supports Yeovil F.C., socceram.com; accessed 12 February 2014.

Filmography

Film

{ 1999
Mansfield Park
Tom Bertram
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Women Talking Dirty
Daniel
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rowspan="3" 2000
Lighthouse
Richard Spader
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Maybe Baby
Carl Phipps
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The Wedding Tackle
Hal
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rowspan="2" 2001
Tomorrow
Andrew Spender
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A Knight's Tale
Edward, the Black Prince of Wales / Sir Thomas Colville
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2002
Resident Evil
Spence Parks
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2003
Photo Finish
James
Jury Award for Best Actor
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rowspan="3" 2004
George and the Dragon
George
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Blessed
Craig Howard
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Vanity Fair
Colonel Rawdon Crawley
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2005
V for Vendetta
V
Uncredited; Left six weeks into filming; Few opening scenes of a masked V are of James Purefoy but are dubbed by Hugo Weaving
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2006
Goose on the Loose
Kenneth Donnelly
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2008
Lena: The Bride of Ice
Dr Harper
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2010
Solomon Kane
Solomon Kane
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2011
Ironclad
Marshall"Film recreates Rochester castle siege – in Wales ". Kent News. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
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2012
John Carter
Kantos Kan
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2013
Wicked Blood
Wild Bill
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rowspan="2" 2015
Momentum
Mr Washington
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High-Rise
Pangbourne
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2016
Equity
Michael Connor
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rowspan="2" 2017
Churchill
King George VI
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Interlude in Prague
Baron Saloka
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2019
Fisherman's Friends
Jim

Television

{ 1991
Sherlock Holmes
James McCarthy
Episode: "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"
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Boon
Alan Bridges
Episode: "Houseguests"
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rowspan="3" 1992
Bye Bye Baby
Television film
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The Cloning of Joanna May
Oliver
Television film
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Angels
Victor
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rowspan="3" 1993
Calling the Shots
Brian Summers
Television film
-
Rides
Julian
4 episodes
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Crime Story
Darius Guppy
Episode: "The Prince"
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rowspan="2" 1995
Tears Before Bedtime
Jimmy Turner
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Sharpe's Sword
Captain Jack Spears
Television film
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rowspan="3" 1996
The Tide of Life
Nick Stuart
Television miniseries
-
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Mr. Lawrence
Television miniseries
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The Prince and the Pauper
Miles Hendon
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rowspan="3" 1997
Have Your Cake and Eat It
Ben
Television miniseries
-
Bright Hair
David Miles
Television film
-
A Dance to the Music of Time
Nicholas Jenkins
Television miniseries
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rowspan="2" 2000
Don Quixote
Sansón Carrasco
Television film
-
Metropolis
Nathan
Miniseries
-
2003
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Donald Farfrae
Television film
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2005
Blackbeard
Edward Teach / Blackbeard
Television film
-
2005–07
Rome
Mark Antony
Lead role
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2006
Beau Brummell: This Charming Man
Beau Brummell
Television film
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rowspan="2" 2007
Manchild
Joe
Television film
-
Frankenstein
Dr. Henry Clerval
Television film
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2008–10
The Summit
Thom Lightstone
Miniseries
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rowspan="2" 2009
Diamonds
Lucas Denmont
Television film
-
The Philanthropist
Teddy Rist
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rowspan="4" 2011
Camelot
King Lot
Episodes: "Homecoming", "The Sword and the Crown", "Lady of the Lake"
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Injustice
William Travers
Miniseries
-
Rev.
Richard
Episode: "#2.6"
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Revenge
Dominik Wright
Episodes: "Doubt", "Justice"
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rowspan="2" 2012
The Hollow Crown
Thomas Mowbray
Episode: "Richard II"
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Episodes
Rob
4 episodes
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2013–15
The Following
Joe Carroll
30 episodes
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2016–18
Hap and Leonard
Hap Collins
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2016
Roots
John Waller
Miniseries
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2016–18
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
Kanjigar the Courageous (voice)
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2018
Altered Carbon
Laurens Bancroft
10 episodes
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2019–present
Sex Education
Remi Milburn
5 episodes
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2019
3Below: Tales of Arcadia
Kanjigar the Courageous (voice)
2 episodes
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2020
Pennyworth
Captain Gulliver Troy
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2020
El Candidato
Wayne Addison
10 episodes
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TBA
A Discovery of Witches
Philippe de Clermont

Radio

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! Year !! Title !! Role !! class="unsortable"Notes
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2002
Afternoon Play: The Tears of WarBBC Genome Project Radio Times 1923 - 2009
Bevil Quiller-Couch
BBC Radio 4
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2014
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Rick Deckard
BBC Radio 4
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2016
Le Cid
Don Rodrigue
BBC Radio 3
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2017
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Sir Percy Blakeney
BBC Radio 4

External links


  • James Purefoy as Blackbeard
  • James Purefoy as Beau Brummell
  • Interview with James Purefoy, BBC Somerset, September 2005
  • Interview with James Purefoy, BBC Somerset, January 2006
  • Interview with James Purefoy, BBC Somerset, February 2007
  • Interview in The Guardian, 6 January 2007
  • Men's Vogue profile
  • Hold your breath short film

Category:Living people
Category:1964 births
Category:20th-century English male actors
Category:21st-century English male actors
Category:Alumni of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Category:English male film actors
Category:English male Shakespearean actors
Category:English male stage actors
Category:English male radio actors
Category:English male television actors
Category:Male actors from Somerset
Category:People educated at Sherborne School
Category:People from Taunton
Category:Royal Shakespeare Company members
 
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