Purefoy, James 1964–

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PUREFOY, James 1964–


Full name, James Brian Mark Purefoy; born June 3, 1964, in Taunton, Somerset, England; married Holly Aird (an actress; divorced, May 2002); children: Joseph. Education: Attended Central School of Speech and Drama.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Creative Artist Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actor. Royal Shakespeare Company, member, 1988–c. 1990; Birmingham Repertory Theatre, performer, 1995–96. Also worked on a pig farm and as a hospital porter.

Awards, Honors: Jury Award, best actor, Temecula Valley International Film Festival, 2004, for Photo Finish.


Film Appearances:

Victor, Angels, 1992.

One Night Stand, 1993.

Jedd Wainwright, Feast of July, Buena Vista, 1995.

Joe, Jilting Joe, 1997.

Brendan, Bedrooms and Hallways, ARP Selection, 1998.

Daniel, Women Talking Dirty, 1999.

Tom Bertram, Mansfield Park, Miramax, 1999.

Carl Phipps, Maybe Baby, USA Films, 2000.

Prisoner Richard Spader, The Lighthouse (also known as Dead of Night), Unapix Entertainment, 2000.

Hal, The Wedding Tackle, Rat Pack Films, 2000.

Andrew Spender, Domani (also known as Tomorrow), Fine Line Features, 2001.

Sir Thomas Colville and Edward, the Black Prince of Wales, A Knight's Tale, Columbia, 2001.

Spence Parks, Resident Evil, Screen Gems, 2002.

James, Photo Finish, S Films, 2003.

Samantha's Child, 2003.

George, George and the Dragon, 2004.

Kenneth Donnelly, Goose!, Odeon Films, 2004.

Craig Howard, Blessed, DEJ Productions, 2004.

Rawdon Crawley, Vanity Fair, Focus Features, 2004.

Graves, Poetic Unreason, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Julian, Rides, BBC (England), 1993.

Jimmy Turner, Tears Before Bedtime, BBC, 1995.

Nick Stuart, The Tide of Life (also known as Catherine Cookson's "The Tide of Life"), 1996.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Brian, Calling the Shots, PBS, 1993.

Miles Hendon, The Prince and the Pauper, BBC (England), 1996.

Ben, Have Your Cake and Eat It, 1997.

Nicholas Jenkins, A Dance to the Music of Time, Channel 4 (England), 1997.

Nathan, Metropolis, Granada (England), 2000.

Marc Antony, Rome, HBO and BBC2, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Oliver, The Cloning of Joanna May, Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Victor, Angels, Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Bye Bye Baby, Channel 4 (England), 1992.

Lord Jack Spears, Sharpe's Sword, 1995.

Mr. Lawrence, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, PBS, 1996.

David Miles, Bright Hair, BBC (England), 1997.

Joe, Jilting Joe, Romance Classics, 1997.

Sanson Carrasco, Don Quixote, TNT, 2000.

Donald Farfrae, The Mayor of Casterbridge, ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Mr. Lawrence, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, PBS, 1996.

John, Blink, Channel 4 (England), 1998.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Marc Antony, Rome, BBC and HBO, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Alan Bridges, "Houseguests," Boon, ITV (England), 1991.

James McCarthy, "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, ITV and PBS, 1991.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Alan Strang, Equus, 1986.

Morville, Four Nights in Knaresborough, Tricycle Theater, London, 1999.

Ned Loveless, The Relapse, National Theatre, London, 2001.

Also appeared as Ferdinand, The Tempest, Royal Shakespeare Company; Edgar, King Lear, Royal Shakespeare Company; Malcolm, Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company; Laertes, Hamlet; Mirabell, Way of the World, Joseph Papp Theatre, New York City; in Women of Troy, Royal National Theatre; Death of a Salesman, West Yorkshire Playhouse; Hamlet, Bristol Old Vic; The Servant; The Way of the World; Macbeth; Les Enfants du Paradis, Royal Shakespeare Company; Henry V; Romeo and Juliet; Servant; The Man Who Came to Dinner; The Constant Couple; and All God's Chillun Got Wings;

Radio Appearances:

Horatio, Hamlet, BBC Radio Shakespeare, 1999.



Interview, September, 2004, p. 182.