James Brian Mark Purefoy (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.
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 both Yeovil Town and Manchester United.
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.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 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.
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Fisherman's Friends: One and All
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No Man's Land
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All Hail the Popcorn King!
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A Discovery of Witches
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It's Me, Sugar
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Interlude In Prague
The story of Mozart's years in the Czech Republic.
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The Wine Show
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Hap and Leonard
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
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Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
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Resident Evil: Retribution
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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
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Beau Brummell: This Charming Man
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Goose on the Loose
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An account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans in the last days of the Roman Republic.
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George and the Dragon
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The Mayor of Casterbridge
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A Knight's Tale
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Women Talking Dirty
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The tale of a man's dream, his epic journey, and one true love.
Humphrey Jennings: The Man Who Listened to Britain
A documentary about a film maker from the 1930s to 1950.
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The Wedding Tackle
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A Dance to the Music of Time
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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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The Prince and the Pauper
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The Tide of Life
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Calling the Shots
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The Cloning of Joanna May
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