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James Purefoy

James Purefoy (born 3 June 1964) is an English actor. He played Marc Antony in the HBO series Rome, college professor turned serial killer Joe Carroll in the series The Following, and Solomon Kane in the film of the same name. In February 2018 he starred as Laurens Bancroft in Altered Carbon, a Netflix original series. He played James McCarthy, a young man accused of murdering his father, in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," in Granada's The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. One of his notable roles was as Nicholas Jenkins in the eight-part miniseries A Dance to the Music of Time for Channel 4 in 1997. He played Edward, the Black Prince in the film A Knight's Tale, Rawdon Crawley in Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Bertram in the 1999 production of Mansfield Park. He has played major roles in several television costume dramas, including Sharpe's Sword, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Prince and the Pauper, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Blackbeard: Terror at Sea, Beau Brummell: This Charming Man, The Tide of Life, Camelot and Rome. He played Mark Antony in the HBO/BBC original television series, Rome. He starred as Teddy Rist in the summer television series, The Philanthropist, which aired on NBC beginning on June 2009. His character is a billionaire playboy who decides to use his wealth and power to help others in need. In 2013, The Following debuted, starring Purefoy as the lead antagonist of the series. He portrays Joe Carroll, a former professor who becomes a serial killer and leads a cult of followers, all whom help create Carroll's "story". It was announced in June 2014 that Purefoy would join the cast of the film High-Rise with Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons. Later in 2014, Purefoy co-starred in the Formula 1-themed music video for David Guetta's song "Dangerous". In February 2019, Hybrid (who provided the score to Interlude in Prague) released a short film to accompany their single "Hold Your Breath" from the album Light of the Fearless. The film starred Purefoy as the brooding 'Mr Black'.

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Jun 3, 1964 In Taunton, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Injustice
Latest Project:
Movie All Hail the Popcorn King! 2022
Known For
Poster of Momentum
Poster of Solomon Kane
Poster of A Knight's Tale
Poster of Injustice
Movie All Hail the Popcorn King! Self 2022
Movie Injustice William Travers 2022
Series El Candidato Wayne Addison 2020-07-17
Series No Man's Land Stanley 2020-09-18
Movie Fisherman’s Friends Jim 2019-03-15
Series Sex Education Remi Milburn 2019-01-11
Series Pennyworth Captain Gulliver 'Gully' Troy 2019-07-28
Movie Limbo Lucifer 2019-08-22
Series Altered Carbon Laurens Bancroft 2018-02-02
Movie It's Me, Sugar Billy Wilder 2018-03-11
Series Urban Myths Billy Wilder 2017-01-19
Movie Churchill King George VI 2017-05-25
Movie Interlude In Prague Baron Saloka 2017-05-25
Series Roots John Waller 2016-05-30
Series Hap and Leonard Hap Collins 2016-03-02
Movie Equity Michael Connor 2016-07-29
Series Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia Amulet (voice) 2016-12-23
Movie Momentum Mr. Washington 2015-10-15
Movie High-Rise Pangbourne 2015-11-22
Movie Wicked Blood Wild Bill 2014-03-04
Series The Following Joe Carroll 2013-01-21
Movie John Carter Kantos Kan 2012-03-07
Series Camelot King Lot 2011-02-25
Movie Goose! Un'oca in fuga Kenneth Donnelly 2011-01-01
Movie Ironclad Thomas Marshall 2011-03-03
Series Injustice William Travers 2011-06-06
Series Revenge Dominik Wright 2011-09-21
Movie Diamonds Lucas Denmont 2009-04-04
Series Late Night with Jimmy Fallon himself 2009-03-02
Series Diamonds Unknown 2009-04-05
Movie Solomon Kane Solomon Kane 2009-09-16
Series The Philanthropist Unknown 2009-06-24
Series The Summit Thom Lightstone 2008-06-15
Movie Frankenstein Clerval 2007-10-24
Series Blackbeard Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach 2006-09-10
Movie Goose on the Loose Kenneth Donnelly 2006-01-13
Movie Beau Brummell: This Charming Man Beau Brummell 2006-06-19
Movie Blackbeard: Terror at Sea Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach 2006-07-12
Series Rome Mark Antony 2005-08-28
Movie George and the Dragon George 2004-03-28
Movie Vanity Fair Rawdon Crawley 2004-09-01
Movie Blessed Craig Howard 2004-05-16
Movie The Mayor of Casterbridge Donald Farfrae 2003-12-28
Movie Resident Evil Spence 2002-03-15
Movie Tomorrow Andrew Spender 2001-01-26
Movie Women Talking Dirty Daniel 2001-12-07
Movie A Knight's Tale Colville 2001-05-11
Movie Lighthouse Richard Spader 2000-02-04
Movie The Wedding Tackle Hal 2000-08-11
Movie Humphrey Jennings: The Man Who Listened to Britain the narrator 2000-12-31
Movie Maybe Baby Carl Phipps 2000-06-02
Movie Mansfield Park Tom Bertram 1999-11-12
Movie Bedrooms and Hallways Brendan 1998-08-01
Series A Dance to the Music of Time Nicholas Jenkins 1997-10-09
Movie Bright Hair David Miles 1997-02-09
Series The Tide of Life Nick Stuart 1996-01-05
Series The Prince and the Pauper Miles Hendon 1996-11-10
Series The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Mr. Lawrence 1996-11-17
Movie Feast of July Jedd Wainwright 1995-10-12
Series Calling the Shots Brian Summers 1994-02-15
Movie Angels Victor 1992-09-01
Movie The Cloning of Joanna May Oliver 1992-01-16
Series Sherlock Holmes James McCarthy 1984-04-24