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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)
 2015 Hap and Leonard (TV Series)
Hap Collins
- Savage Season ... Hap Collins
 2013-2015 The Following (TV Series)
Joe Carroll / Joe Caroll
- Evermore (2015) ... Joe Carroll
- Flesh & Blood (2015) ... Joe Caroll
- The Hunt (2015) ... Joe Caroll
- Reunion (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 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 the Royal National Theatre repertoire season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Laurence Olivier Theatre, and Lyttelton Theatre in London, England Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical, "My Fair Lady;" John Millington Synge's play, "The Playboy of the Western World;" "The Walls" play;" Anton Chekhov's play, "The ... See more »

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1 Interview | 8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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In the July 4, 2001 Newswatch, Wild West End column: "There was one woman whom I was absolutely infatuated with, but she had no interest in me. I was very young at the time and thought the way to prove my love was to write a book for her. It ran for pages and pages and I had it bound in leather to give to her. But it still didn't have the desired effect." See more »


At his Somerset home, Purefoy personally constructed a tree house for his young son. See more »

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