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James Purefoy

Highest Rated:   81% Equity (2016)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
48% Churchill
  • King George VI
$1M 2017
No Score Yet Interlude in Prague
  • Actor
2017
81% Equity
  • Michael Connor
$1.7M 2016
61% High-Rise
  • Pangbourne
$0.4M 2016
28% Momentum
  • Mr. Washington
2015
No Score Yet Wicked Blood
  • Wild Bill
2014
66% Solomon Kane
  • Solomon Kane
2012
31% Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Spence Parks
$42.4M 2012
51% John Carter
  • Kantos Kan
$73.1M 2012
43% 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
51% 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
34% 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
46% Maybe Baby
  • Carl Phipps
2000
No Score Yet Don Quixote
  • Carrasco
2000
76% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
87% Hap and Leonard
2016
  • Hap Collins
  • 2017
  • 2016
98% Roots
2016
  • John Waller
  • 2016
55% The Following
2013-2015
  • Joe Carroll
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Thomas Mowbray
  • 2013
75% Revenge
2011-2015
  • Dominik Wright
  • 2012
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Rome
2005
  • Mark Antony
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mr. Lawrence
  • 1997
44% Camelot
2011
  • Lot
No Score Yet Revenge
  • Dominik Wright
94% Trollhunters
2016
  • Actor

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