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James Brian Mark Purefoy is an English theater and film actor.
James worked as a porter at Yeovil District Hospital before studying acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Purefoy's early professional roles included Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in Leatherhead, Walter in Mary Morgan at the Riverside Studios and Alan Strang in Equus on tour. He subsequently joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1988.
Best Known For
James’ most outstanding roles are Mark Antony in the HBO series Rome, Nick Jenkins in A Dance to the Music of Time, Joe Carroll in the series The Following, Solomon Kane in the film of the same name, and Hap Collins in the Sundance series Hap and Leonard.
In 2018, he starred as Laurens Bancroft in Altered Carbon, a Netflix original series.
James Purefoy is straight.
In 1996, James Purefoy married actress Holly Aird. In 1997, the couple had a son, Joseph. Despite that, the couple divorced in 2002.
Since 2004, Purefoy has been dating art critic and television producer Jessica Adams.
Purefoy was born in Taunton, Somerset, the eldest son of Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy and Shirley Taylor.
The Purefoy family were landed gentry of Shalstone, Buckinghamshire.
James Purefoy's religion is Christianity.
Worth To Know
James is an ardent fan of Yeovil Town Football Club.
In 2020, Purefoy joined the cast of the second season of the Gotham prequel television series Pennyworth in the main role, portraying Captain Gulliver Troy.