James Purefoy

James Purefoy

Highest Rated: 82% Equity (2016)

Lowest Rated: 20% Lighthouse (Dead of Night) (2000)

Birthday: Jun 3, 1964

Birthplace: Taunton, Somerset, England, UK

A classically trained British actor who nearly became the successor to the James Bond franchise, handsome and talented James Purefoy made himself known to stateside audiences with roles in such high-profile releases as A Knight's Tale (2001) and Resident Evil (2002). Born James Brian Mark Purefoy (his surname meaning "good faith" in Norman French) in Taunton, Somerset, England, in 1964, Purefoy received his early education at the all-boys Sherbourne School (alma mater to such actors as Jeremy Irons) before later refining his acting abilities at the London School of Drama. After receiving his Actor's Equity Card following a stage performance of Equus, Purefoy joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and essayed stage roles in performances of such classics as King Lear and The Tempest. It wasn't long before Purefoy began to hunger for something more, and after making his small-screen debut in The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1990), a career in television and films soon followed. Alternating between the small (Sharpe's Sword [1995], The Tide of Life [1996]) and silver (Jilting Joe [1997], Mansfield Park [1999]) screens for the majority of the 1990s, Purefoy began to gain more prominent roles in such romantic comedies as Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) and Maybe Baby (2000) around the time of the millennial turnover. The inevitable Hollywood becoming too much to resist, the talented actor began to turn up in such big-budgeted fare as A Knight's Tale and Resident Evil soon thereafter.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
59% Fisherman's Friends Actor 2020
49% Churchill King George VI $1.3M 2017
No Score Yet Interlude in Prague Actor 2017
82% Equity Michael Connor $1.7M 2016
60% High-Rise Pangbourne $0.4M 2016
26% Momentum Mr. Washington 2015
No Score Yet Wicked Blood Wild Bill 2014
67% Solomon Kane Solomon Kane 2012
29% Resident Evil: Retribution Spence Parks $42.4M 2012
52% John Carter Kantos Kan $73.1M 2012
42% Ironclad Templar Knight 2011
No Score Yet Manchild Actor 2007
No Score Yet Beau Brummell: This Charming Man Actor 2007
No Score Yet Blackbeard: Terror at Sea Actor 2006
No Score Yet Goose on the Loose Actor 2006
No Score Yet Blessed Craig Howard 2004
No Score Yet Women Talking Dirty Daniel 2004
49% Vanity Fair Rawdon Crawley $16.1M 2004
No Score Yet George and the Dragon (Dragon Sword) Georges 2004
No Score Yet The Mayor of Casterbridge Donald Farfrae 2003
36% Resident Evil Spencer Parks $39.6M 2002
58% A Knight's Tale Edward, the Black Prince $55.1M 2001
No Score Yet Domani Andrew 2001
No Score Yet The Wedding Tackle Hal 2000
20% Lighthouse (Dead of Night) Actor 2000
50% Maybe Baby Carl Phipps 2000
No Score Yet Don Quixote Carrasco 2000
77% Mansfield Park Tom Bertram 1999
69% Bedrooms and Hallways Brendan 1999
No Score Yet A Dance to the Music of Time Nicholas Jenkins 1997
No Score Yet The Tide of Life Actor 1996
67% Feast of July Jedd Wainwright 1995

TV

Credit
76% Altered Carbon
2018
Laurens Bancroft 2020
2018
No Score Yet The Wine Show
2016-2018
Host 2018
94% Hap & Leonard
2016-2018
Hap Collins 2018
2017
2016
96% Roots
2016
John Waller 2016
58% The Following
2013-2015
Joe Carroll 2015
2014
2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2014
2013
2011
2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Thomas Mowbray 2013
69% Revenge
2011-2015
Dominik Wright 2012
98% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
2012
61% The Philanthropist
2009
Teddy Rist 2009
86% Rome
2005-2007
Mark Antony 2007
2006
2005
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Mr. Lawrence 1997
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
James McCarthy 1991
44% Camelot
2011
Lot
72% Pennyworth
2019
Captain Gulliver Troy
No Score Yet Revenge
Dominik Wright
No Score Yet Trollhunters
2016-2018
No Score Yet Urban Myths
2017-2018

QUOTES FROM James Purefoy CHARACTERS

Garth says: I need your ax.

George says: Ax and you shall receive.

Kantos Kan says: I hear that you are Incredibly dangerous....take me hostage.

Kantos Kan says: I hear that you are Incredibly dangerous...take me hostage.

John Carter says: What?

Kantos Kan says: Take me hostage...

John Carter says: Are you alright?

Rain says: All the people that were working here are dead.

Spence says: Well, that isn't stopping them from walking around.

Solomon Kane says: If I kill you, I am bound for hell. It is a price I shall gladly pay.

Solomon Kane says: There are many paths to redemption, not all of them peaceful.

Solomon Kane says: I was never more at home than I was at battle.