James Purefoy

James Purefoy

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1964-06-03 (57 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Taunton, England, UK

40 Movies · 25 TV shows

Also Known As: Τζέιμς Πιούρφοϊ · James Brian Mark Purefoy · Джеймс Пьюрфой · Jame Purefoy · 제임스 퓨어포이

Biography

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.

Personal Life

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.

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.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.

Movies & TV shows

2022.

1 Movie
Fisherman's Friends: One and All

Fisherman's Friends: One and All

2022
During the divisive tour of South Australia, the band will trace their ancestors who were transported in the 1800s and embrace a new community to discover their musical heritage.

2020.

2 TV shows
TV
El Candidato

El Candidato

2020
Isabel Alfaro is a CIA field agent who is trying to bring down the most vicious and brilliant narco in Mexico. Eduardo Yzaguirre, her former boyfriend and the current Mayor of Mexico City, is the clea...
TV
No Man's Land

No Man's Land

2020
You can dive into the depths of the Syrian civil war through the eyes ofAntoine, a young French man. While unraveling the mystery, piece by piece,Antoine's journey crosses paths with explorers, spies,...

2019.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Pennyworth

Pennyworth

6.6
2019
The origin story of Bruce Wayne's legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce's billionaire father, in 1960...
All Hail the Popcorn King!

All Hail the Popcorn King!

2019
He has used his experiences to create a genre that can only be described as his own. Interviews with Joe, his family, friends, fans and colleagues give us a glimpse into the man behind the characters ...
Limbo

Limbo

2019
A murderer is on trial in Hell, caught between a bitter prosecutor and an inexperienced defence attorney. The trial gets out of control when people from the killer's past are involved.
Fisherman’s Friends

Fisherman’s Friends

8
2019
Ten fisherman from Cornwall were signed by Universal Records and achieved a top ten hit with their debut album. Based on the true-life story of a folk band.

2018.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

7.25
2018
A vampire and a closet witch are drawn into a deadly mystery and forbidden romance when a magical book shows up in an Oxford library.
TV
Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon

5.88
2018
After 250 years on ice, a prisoner returns to life in a new body with one chance to win his freedom, by solving a mind-bending murder.
It's Me, Sugar

It's Me, Sugar

2018
A recounting of the making of 'Some Like It Hot' starring Marilyn Monroe and directed by Billy Wilder - now regarded as one of the great comedies in the history of cinema. During filming, Marilyn was ...

2017.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Interlude In Prague

Interlude In Prague

2017
The story of Mozart's years in the Czech Republic.
Churchill

Churchill

6
2017
The leader of the free world is being followed in the 24 hours leading up to D-Day.
TV
Urban Myths

Urban Myths

2017
Over time, our Urban Myths have become part of urban folklore. We take a tongue in cheek look at what might have happened if they were true.

2016.

2 Movies · 4 TV shows
TV
The Wine Show

The Wine Show

2016
The Wine Show sees the series’ main presenters and enthusiastic wine novices, actors Matthew Goode & Matthew Rhys, take us on a fresh, informative and entertaining journey into wine, looking behind th...
TV
Hap and Leonard

Hap and Leonard

1
2016
Two best friends are set in the late 1980s. The novels were written by Joe R. The series follows Hap Collins, an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine, a gay, black...
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

6.45
2016
Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. She must return to The Hive, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike aga...
TV
Roots

Roots

2016
Alex Haley's "Roots" tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an African slave who sold his soul to America.
TV
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia

Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia

6.75
2016
An average teen assumes an unlikely destiny and sets out to save two worlds after uncovering a mysterious amulet.
Equity

Equity

7.33
2016
Naomi Bishop thrives in the brutal and fierce world of high-power big money. Naomi is entangled in a web of politics and deception when a controversial IPO threatens the delicate balance of power and ...

2015.

2 Movies
Momentum

Momentum

6
2015
When Alex accidentally reveals her identity during what should have been a routine robbery, she ends up in a government conspiracy and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a master assassin and his tea...
High-Rise

High-Rise

5.71
2015
The residents of a tower block are starting to run out of control.

2014.

1 Movie
Wicked Blood

Wicked Blood

2014
There is a dark Southern underworld of violence, drugs and bikers. Both live in fear of Uncle Frank, the leader of a crime organization.

2013.

1 TV show
TV
The Following

The Following

5.63
2013
After being found guilty of murdering 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature, the notorious serial killer escaped from death row. The FBI calls a former agent to ...

2012.

2 Movies
Resident Evil: Retribution

Resident Evil: Retribution

6.15
2012
The global population is being transformed into legions of flesh eating zombies by the T-viruses of the Umbrella Corporation. The human race's last hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most...
John Carter

John Carter

5.57
2012
John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who's inexplicably transported to the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom and reluctantly becomes involved in an epic conflict. Carter realized ...

2011.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Ironclad

Ironclad

1
2011
In the year 1215, the rebel barons of England forced their despised King John to put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, a seminal document that upheld the rights of free men. In order to bring the bar...
TV
Camelot

Camelot

6
2011
The series was produced by Graham King, Morgan O' Sullivan and Michael Hirst.
TV
Injustice

Injustice

5.6
2011
On the surface William Travers is a picture of success. An accomplished criminal barrister happily living with his wife in rural Suffolk. However, Travers is still recovering from a traumatic series o...

2009.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist

2009
On June 24, 2009, NBC aired a new American action drama called The Philanthropist. The summer series was filmed in South Africa. After a few weeks, it saw a drop in viewers. The Philanthropist was pro...
TV
Diamonds

Diamonds

2009
The once mighty Denmont Corporation with headquarters in South Africa is on the verge of collapse, threatened by upstart rivals and new competition in the Canadian Arctic, just beginning to emerge as ...
TV
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

3.5
2009
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show airing weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on March 2, 2009, and ...
Diamonds

Diamonds

2009
There is a complex tale about small and big players in the African diamond business.
Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane

2009
A nomadic 16th century warrior, condemned to hell for his brutal past, seeks redemption by renouncing violence, but finds some things worth burning for as he fights to free a young Puritan woman from ...

2008.

1 TV show
TV
The Summit

The Summit

2008
On the eve of the next G8 Summit, this miniseries follows a mother's desperate struggle to bring justice to her murdered son, fallen victim to a corrupt pharmaceutical company.

2007.

1 Movie
Frankenstein

Frankenstein

2007
The film is a British television film. It was directed and written by Jed Mercurio. Dr. A female geneticist accidentally creates a monster while growing her son's clone from stem cells as an organ don...

2006.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Beau Brummell: This Charming Man

Beau Brummell: This Charming Man

2006
The original sharp-dressed dandy of 18th-century London is played by James Purefoy. The Prince Regent of Wales befriends and is responsible for inventing the modern suit.
TV
Blackbeard

Blackbeard

2006
During the golden age of piracy, Edward Teach terrorised the British colonies in the Americas.
Goose on the Loose

Goose on the Loose

2006
Grieving young Will Donnelly looks to protect his new best friend, a talking goose, from school Principal Congreve Maddox, who's fattening up the bird for a Christmas cook-off.

2005.

1 TV show
TV
Rome

Rome

5.69
2005
An account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans in the last days of the Roman Republic.

2004.

3 Movies
Blessed

Blessed

2004
James Purefoy and Heather Graham are playing a couple who want to have a baby. The couple can't afford the medical treatments that might allow her to have a baby because she is infertile. When a coupl...
George and the Dragon

George and the Dragon

2004
A knight takes on a dragon.
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

6
2004
Becky is the orphan daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl. She wants a more glamorous life than her promises and wants to conquer English society. ascension into the heights o...

2003.

1 Movie
The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

6
2003
In a drunken fit, a young hay-trusser named Michael Henchard auctioned off his wife and baby to a sailor for five dollars. He didn't want to drink again for as long as he was alive. The man who became...

2002.

1 Movie
Resident Evil

Resident Evil

6.33
2002
The government sends in an elite military task force to contain the outbreak when a virus leaks from a top-secret facility and turns all resident researchers into zombies and their lab animals into ho...

2001.

3 Movies
Tomorrow

Tomorrow

2001
The friendship that grew between survivors of the 1997 earthquake is detailed in this drama.
A Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale

5.27
2001
When a knight dies suddenly, William Thather gets a chance at glory. William won't stop until he's crowned tournament champion, assuming matters of the heart don't get in the way.
Women Talking Dirty

Women Talking Dirty

2001
A single mother befriends a shy cartoonist.

2000.

5 Movies
Don Quixote

Don Quixote

2000
The tale of a man's dream, his epic journey, and one true love.
Humphrey Jennings: The Man Who Listened to Britain

Humphrey Jennings: The Man Who Listened to Britain

2000
A documentary about a film maker from the 1930s to 1950.
Lighthouse

Lighthouse

2000
A prison ship on its way to a remote island prison runs aground. The survivors of cons and prison guards were horrified to discover that another survivor got there first. With no means of escape or ca...
Maybe Baby

Maybe Baby

2000
Sam and Lucie Bell seem to have it all: good looks, succesful careers, matching motorikes, and an enthusiastic love life. The only thing they don't have is a baby.
The Wedding Tackle

The Wedding Tackle

2000
The sexual rivalries between a group of friends cause comic chaos.

1999.

1 Movie
Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

6
1999
When spirited young woman, Fanny Price is sent away to live on the great country estate of her rich cousins, she's supposed to learn the ways of proper society. She learns how to use them while teachi...

1998.

1 Movie
Bedrooms and Hallways

Bedrooms and Hallways

1998
When a straight friend suggested that a gay man join a men's group, he caused some upsets by declaring his attraction to one of its members.

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
A Dance to the Music of Time

A Dance to the Music of Time

1997
A Dance to the Music of Time is a four-part adaptation of Anthony Powell's novel sequence that aired on Channel 4 in 1997. The series depicts upper-class and bohemian England from the early 1920s to t...
Bright Hair

Bright Hair

1997
A solitary schoolgirl, prone to sudden convulsions after she stumbles into a murder scene, gets involved with her English teacher. When his wife is also murdered, questions about what's real and what'...

1996.

3 TV shows
TV
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

5.36
1996
Mike Barker directed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Helen Graham is depicted in the serial.
TV
The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

10
1996
A poor boy named Tom Canty and Edward, the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well. The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain's novel about a...
TV
The Tide of Life

The Tide of Life

1996
Tide of Life follows Emily Kennedy as she learns about relationships with three very different men. Forced from home of her first employer, Sep McGilby after his plans to marry her come to tragic end,...

1995.

1 Movie
Feast of July

Feast of July

5.37
1995
In the late 19th century, a rural couple with three handsome sons take in an abandoned young woman.

1994.

1 TV show
TV
Calling the Shots

Calling the Shots

1994
There is a terrifying sequence of events in the private life of a television reporter.

1992.

2 Movies
Angels

Angels

1992
Three guardian angels help three souls evaluate their past lives.
The Cloning of Joanna May

The Cloning of Joanna May

1992
Carl May was a nuclear energy magnate. They had to divorce after she was unfaithful. Carl has madeJoanna's life impossible. She was fed up with the situation and decided to visit him, only to find tha...

1984.

1 TV show
TV
Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

4.71
1984
Cases by private clients and those that the Scotland Yard are unable to solve, along with his friend Dr, are some of the cases taken on by the renowned detective. A person is called "Watson."

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Injustice

Injustice

When a defense barrister has defended the indefensible, what can they do?
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