James Purefoy

James Purefoy

Highest Rated: 81% Equity (2016)

Lowest Rated: 20% Lighthouse (1999)

Birthday: Jun 3, 1964

Birthplace: Taunton, Somerset, England, UK

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." Purefoy made his feature acting debut in "Feast of July," a period drama produced by Merchant Ivory. This debut didn't immediately jump-start a film career, and Purefoy instead spent his time performing with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and acting in television productions including the popular British period action series "Sharpe" and the British TV adaptation of "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" (1996). He returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company to act in Simon Callow's 1996 staging of "Les Enfants du Paradis." The following year, he reappeared on British small screens with a co-starring role in the critically lauded miniseries "A Dance to the Music of Time." 1998 saw the actor return to features with a pivotal supporting role as an appealingly rugged but sensitive heterosexual upon whom a gay acquaintance (Kevin McKidd) develops a crush in Rose Troche's winning and fresh "Bedrooms & Hallways." Becoming something of a crush object himself thanks to the charming role, Purefoy went against type and bulked up to play the downwardly spiraling drunk Tom Bertram in Patricia Rozema's somewhat revisionist take on Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" (1999). The actor returned to the stage with "Four Knights in Knaresboro," a dark comedy produced at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre the same year he was featured in the independents "The Lighthouse" and "Women Talking Dirty" (all 1999). Purefoy kicked off 2000 with an appearance in the British miniseries "Metropolis" and made the most of a supporting turn as a seductive actor who strikes the fancy of the hormonal Joely Richardson in Ben Elton's feature directorial debut "Maybe Baby." He again appeared on American television, portraying Carrasco in the TNT original "Don Quixote," while his delightfully sincere supporting turn as the Black Prince of Wales suitably impressed with the skills of the lowly squire (Heath Ledger) in "A Knight's Tale" (2001) introduced him to an even larger USA audience. A co-starring role in the eagerly-awaited action thriller "Resident Evil" (2002) would prove the actor's breakthrough with the American audience. Later that year, he starred in the small screen remake of Thomas Hardy's novel "The Mayor of Casterbridge" (A&E, 2003). Purefoy next appeared in the European films "Photo Finish" (2003), "George and the Dragon" (2004) and "Blessed" (2004) before garnering much attention from Hollywood in his next role, playing Reese Witherspoon's high-born lover Rawdon Crawley in director Mira Nair's stylish 2004 adaptation of the classic William Thackery novel "Vanity Fair." Purefoy was then cast as a regular in his first television series, portraying Marc Antony in HBO's sprawling historical epic, "Rome" (2005-07). Alongside supporting roles in the notorious flop "John Carter" (2012), action thriller "Wicked Blood" (2013) and J.G. Ballard adaptation "High-Rise" (2015), Purefoy focused largely on TV for the next several years, playing charismatic serial killer Joe Carroll in thriller "The Following" (Fox 2013-15), starring opposite Michael Kenneth Williams in the crime drama "Hap and Leonard" (Sundance 2016- ), and co-starring in the acclaimed reboot of "Roots" (History 2016).

Highest rated movies

Mansfield Park
Bedrooms & Hallways
Fisherman's Friends
Solomon Kane
Feast of July
A Knight's Tale




No Score Yet No Score Yet Limbo Lucifer (Character) - 2019
68% 72% Fisherman's Friends Jim (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 67% Interlude in Prague Baron Saloka (Character) - 2017
49% 54% Churchill King George VI (Character) $1.3M 2017
81% 52% Equity Michael Connor (Character) $1.6M 2016
60% 36% High-Rise Pangbourne (Character) $343.1K 2015
26% 28% Momentum Mr. Washington (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 23% Wicked Blood Wild Bill (Character) - 2014
28% 51% Resident Evil: Retribution Spence Parks (Voice) $42.3M 2012
52% 60% John Carter Kantos Kan (Character) $73.1M 2012
42% 41% Ironclad Marshall (Character) - 2011
66% 49% Solomon Kane Solomon Kane (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 20% Goose! Kenneth Donnelly (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 0% Frankenstein Dr. Henry Clerval (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 33% Beau Brummell: This Charming Man Beau Brummell (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 13% Blessed Craig Howard (Character) - 2004
50% 50% Vanity Fair Rawdon Crawley (Character) $16.1M 2004
No Score Yet 48% George and the Dragon George (Character) - 2004
36% 67% Resident Evil Spence (Character) $39.5M 2002
No Score Yet 71% The Mayor of Casterbridge Donald Farfrae (Character) - 2001
59% 79% A Knight's Tale Colville (Character) $56.1M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tomorrow Andrew Spender (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wedding Tackle Hal (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 37% Don Quixote Sansón Carrasco (Character) - 2000
50% 48% Maybe Baby Carl Phipps (Character) $19.1K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jilting Joe Joe (Character) - 1999
20% 38% Lighthouse Richard Spader (Character) - 1999
77% 77% Mansfield Park Tom Bertram (Character) $4.8M 1999
No Score Yet 79% Women Talking Dirty Unknown (Character) - 1999
69% 66% Bedrooms & Hallways Brendan (Character) $136.0K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bright Hair David Miles (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 78% A Dance to the Music of Time Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Mr. Lawrence (Character) - 1996
60% 50% Feast of July Jedd Wainwright (Character) $292.8K 1995
No Score Yet 91% Sharpe's Sword Spears (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Calling the Shots Brian Summers (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cloning of Joanna May Oliver (Character) - 1991


No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2021
No Score Yet 100% The Wine Show Host 2017-2018 2020
57% No Score Yet No Man's Land Unknown (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait Artist of the Year Guest 2019
No Score Yet 100% Urban Myths Unknown (Character) 2018
94% 90% Hap and Leonard Hap Collins (Character) 2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2013 2015 2018
75% 64% Altered Carbon Laurens Bancroft (Character) 2018
No Score Yet 96% Trollhunters: Tales Of Arcadia Kanjigar (Voice) 2016-2017
98% 82% Henry V: The Hollow Crown Unknown (Character) 2013 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roots John Waller (Character) 2016
58% 67% The Following Joe Carroll (Character) 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character) 2013
69% 78% Revenge Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Injustice Unknown (Character) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heston's Feasts Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
61% No Score Yet The Philanthropist Teddy Rist (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diamonds Lucas Denmont (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Summit Unknown (Character) 2008
86% 97% Rome Mark Antony (Character) 2005 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mayor of Casterbridge Donald Farfrae (Character) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dance to the Music of Time Nicholas Jenkins (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sharpe Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boon Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet 100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Unknown (Guest Star) 1991