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James Purefoy

James Brian Mark Purefoy was born and brought up in Taunton, Somerset, England, the son of Shirley (Taylor), who ran an employment agency, and Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he took a succession of different jobs, including working on a pig farm and as a porter at Yeovil District Hospital, before travelling ... See full bio »

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 2015 High-Rise (post-production)
 2013-2015 The Following (TV Series)
Joe Carroll / Joe Caroll
- Flesh & Blood (2015) ... Joe Caroll
- The Hunt (2015) ... Joe Caroll
- Reunion (2015) ... Joe Carroll
- Home (2015) ... Joe Carroll
 2014 David Guetta Ft Sam Martin: Dangerous (Short)
David Guetta's Friend
 2014 Wicked Blood (Video)
Bill Owens
 2012 Episodes (TV Series)
- Episode Nine (2012) ... Rob
- Episode Eight (2012) ... Rob
- Episode Seven (2012) ... Rob
- Episode Six (2012) ... Rob
 2012 The Hollow Crown (TV Mini-Series)
Thomas Mowbray
- Richard II (2012) ... Thomas Mowbray
 2012 Revenge (TV Series)
Dominik Wright
- Justice (2012) ... Dominik Wright
- Doubt (2012) ... Dominik Wright
 2011 Rev. (TV Series)
- Episode #2.6 (2011) ... Richard
 2011 Camelot (TV Mini-Series)
King Lot
- Lady of the Lake (2011) ... King Lot
- Homecoming (2011) ... King Lot
 2011 Ironclad
Thomas Marshal
 2009 The Philanthropist (TV Series)
Teddy Rist
- Haiti (2009) ... Teddy Rist
- Kashmir (2009) ... Teddy Rist
- San Diego (2009) ... Teddy Rist
- Kosovo (2009) ... Teddy Rist
 2009 Diamonds (TV Movie)
Lucas Denmont
 2008 Lena: The Bride of Ice
Dr. Harper
 2008 The Summit (TV Mini-Series)
Thom Lightstone
- Night Two (2008) ... Thom Lightstone
- Night One (2008) ... Thom Lightstone
 2007 Frankenstein (TV Movie)
Dr. Henry Clerval
 2007 Rome Season 2: Antony & Cleopatra (Video short)
Mark Antony / Himself
 2007 Manchild (TV Movie)
 2006 Goose on the Loose
Kenneth Donnelly
 2004 Blessed
Craig Howard
 2003 Photo Finish
 2001 A Knight's Tale
 2001 Tomorrow
Andrew Spender
 2001 Bye Bye Baby (TV Movie)
 2000 Maybe Baby
Carl Phipps
 2000 Metropolis (TV Mini-Series)
 2000 Don Quixote (TV Movie)
Sansón Carrasco
 1999 Lighthouse
Richard Spader
 1999 Women Talking Dirty
 1998 Blink (TV Short)
 1998 Jilting Joe
 1998 Bedrooms and Hallways
 1997 Bright Hair (TV Movie)
David Miles
 1997 Have Your Cake and Eat It (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1997) ... Ben
- Episode #1.3 (1997) ... Ben
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Ben
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Ben
 1996 The Tide of Life (TV Mini-Series)
Nick Stuart
 1995 Feast of July
Jedd Wainwright
 1995 Sharpe's Sword (TV Movie)
 1993 One Night Stand (Short)
 1993 Crime Story (TV Series)
Darius Guppy
- The Prince (1993) ... Darius Guppy
 1993 Rides (TV Series)
- Episode #2.4 (1993) ... Julian
- Episode #2.3 (1993) ... Julian
- Episode #2.2 (1993) ... Julian
- Episode #2.1 (1993) ... Julian
 1992 Angels (TV Movie)
 1992 The Cloning of Joanna May (TV Movie)
 1991 Boon (TV Series)
Alan Bridges
- Houseguests (1991) ... Alan Bridges
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He acted in William Gaminara's play, "Back Up the Hearse and Let Them Sniff The Flowers," at the Hampstead Theatre in London, England with Debra Gillett, Paul Bown, Danny Webb, and Christopher Fairbank in the cast. John Dove was director. See more »

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The first job I ever did was Equus on stage, as the boy, and I was 17, and we opened the show with me naked in the spotlight being examined by doctors. That was my entrance to the stage, so anything after that was easy. Also, for some reason, nudity was never shameful, it was never brought up in my household when I was a kid, there was no 'dirty, dirty sex'. It's not like we all ran around naked ... See more »


The name, Purefoy, is originally Norman French and literally means "good faith" or "my word or bond is in good faith." Some Purefoys went to England during the Norman Conquest and others emigrated to England as French Huguenot expatriates in the fifteenth century. See more »

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