- James Purefoy
caption = Purefoy as Mark Antony in "Rome"
birthdate = Birth date and age|1964|6|3|mf=y
Taunton, Somerset, England
birthname = James Brian Mark Purefoy
yearsactive = 1990 - present
James Brian Mark Purefoy [http://www.filmreference.com/film/31/James-Purefoy.html Film Reference.com.] (born
June 3 1964) is an English actor.
Early life and work
Purefoy was born in
Taunton, Somerset. He was a boarder at Sherborne Schoolwhich he left with only one O-level. Later he went to night school and got 11 more, then took his A-levels. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,,1982628,00.html "When in Rome..."] interview with Hannah Pool. " The Guardian". 6 January 2007.] He then studied acting at the British drama school the Central School of Speech and Drama, while selling, with difficulty, copies of the " Socialist Worker" in his spare time.
Purefoy's early professional roles included Romeo in "
Romeo and Juliet" in Leatherhead, Walter in "Mary Morgan" at the Riverside Studiosand Alan Strang in "Equus" on tour.
The RSC and other stage work
Purefoy subsequently joined the
Royal Shakespeare Company(RSC) in 1988 and appeared in "The Constant Couple", " Macbeth", " The Tempest", " The Man Who Came to Dinner" (Gene Saks, Barbican) and " King Lear" as Edgar.
Elsewhere, he has also appeared as Laertes in "
Hamlet" at the Bristol Old Vic(1991) Brian in William Gaminara's "Back Up the Hearse and Let them Sniff the Flowers" at the Hampstead Theatre(1992), Roland Maule in Noel Coward's " Present Laughter" at the Globe Theatre(1993), Biff in " Death of a Salesman", alongside Ken Stottand Jude Law, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse(1994), Tony in " The Servant" at the Birmingham Rep(1995). He returned to the RSC for Simon Callow's stage adaptation of the film classic, " Les enfants du paradis" at the Barbican. He also played Hugh de Morville in Paul Corcoran's " Four Nights in Knaresborough" at the Tricycle Theatre, (1999) and Loveless in Trevor Nunn's production of " The Relapse" at the National Theatre in 2001.
Film and television
His appearances in films and television have predominated. He played James McCarthy, a young man accused of murdering his father, in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," in Granada's "The Memoirs 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 4in 1997. He played Edward, the Black Princein the film " A Knight's Tale".
He plays Mark Antony in the HBO/
BBCoriginal television series, "Rome". His full frontal nudity in episode four of the series caused a sensation among the show's viewers. When his Wikipedia entry was brought up in an interview with Alastair McKay, published in the January 2007 issue of "Out" magazine, Purefoy said, "I won't say whose it was, but there was a penis in the series that may have been slightly enhanced. But it wasn't mine. Mine's all mine, I'm afraid." [McKay, Alastair. [http://www.out.com/detail.asp?id=21656 "All Hail James Purefoy"] . Out.com. ]
Purefoy was attached to star in the 2005 film "V for Vendetta", but was replaced by
Hugo Weaving. (Both Purefoy and Weaving starred in the 1998 gay British comedy, " Bedrooms and Hallways".) It was later revealed that Hugo Weaving had been originally first choice for the film, but was involved in the Australian film "Eucalyptus". Later, production of "Eucalyptus" had been halted, freeing up Weaving, and Purefoy had willingly left "V for Vendetta" because the Guy Fawkesmask made him extremely uncomfortable. [Grossman, Lev. [http://www.time.com/time/europe/eu/article/0,13716,1172195,00.html "The Mad Man In The Mask"] . "Time", 12 March 2006.]
screen tested for the role of James Bondin 1995 for " Goldeneye", [imdb name|id=0700856|name=James Purefoy] but ultimately lost the role to Pierce Brosnan. Throughout 2004 and 2005 Purefoy's name was rumoured as a possible candidate to replace Brosnan as agent 007 in future James Bond films. Rumors and speculation suggested that Purefoy's departing of "V for Vendetta" was due to an opportunity to play James Bond in the 2006 film "Casino Royale". [Morris, Clint. [http://www.moviehole.net/news/5762.html "McMahon still in the running for 007"] . MovieHole.com. 10 June 2005.] However, this news was confirmed to be false when Daniel Craigwas announced as the new James Bond. In the commentary track of the " A Knight's Tale" special edition DVD, director Brian Helgelandstated his opinion that Purefoy would be the perfect choice to play the "next" James Bond, well before Purefoy was being considered for the "Casino Royale" role.
In March 2007, Celtic Films indicated on their website that they have a series of Flashman TV films in development, based on the popular fictional series of novels of the same name by George Macdonald Fraser. Picture Palace Productions announced they were developing Flashman at the Charge, (the fourth novel in the series of twelve), for TV  in conjunction with Celtic Films and that the script was prepared by George Macdonald Fraser himself. Both companies took an extensive role in developing Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe (TV series). Purefoy was rumoured to have provisionally accepted an offer made to play the titular role of Harry Flashman.
William J. MacDonaldannounced that James Purefoy would play Simon Templarin a new TV series of "The Saint". The new series was scheduled to start shooting in Berlin and Australia in April 2008. [ [http://www.saint.org/blog/2007/12/james-purefoy-to-play-simon-templar-in.html "James Purefoy to play Simon Templar in The Saint"] , "The Saint Club". 5 December 2007.] However, production ultimately did not occur and in August Purefoy was reported as negotiating with NBCto star in another series. [" The Hollywood Reporter": " [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i1da5db18eb0203bb6af7cdc7aa6f647c James Purefoy circles NBC series] , July 21, 2008. Accessed August 5, 2008.]
Purefoy has a son, Joseph (born in 1997), with actress
Holly Aird, from whom he separated in 2002. He dated Gwyneth Paltrowfor a brief time in 2002 and has also dated "Coyote Ugly" star Piper Peraboand "Cold Feet" star Fay Ripley, with whom he spent 11 years.Grice, Elizabeth. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?xml=/health/2006/10/06/hfay06.xml&page=1 "'People cross the road to tell me how ridiculous I look'"] , "The Daily Telegraph". 6 October 2006. Retrieved on 2007-02-15]
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* [http://www.jamespurefoy.es James Purefoy España (Spanish fansite)]
* [http://www.jamespurefoy.us America's Home for the Marvelous and Very Sexy British Actor, James Purefoy]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/somerset/content/image_galleries/james_purefoy_blackbeard_gallery.shtml James Purefoy as Blackbeard]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/somerset/content/articles/2006/03/10/james_purefoy_beau_brummell_feature.shtml James Purefoy as Beau Brummell]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/somerset/content/articles/2005/09/16/james_purefoy_interview_feature.shtml Interview] with James Purefoy, BBC Somerset, September 2005
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/somerset/content/articles/2006/01/10/james_purefoy_live_phone_in_feature.shtml Interview] with James Purefoy, BBC Somerset, January 2006
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/somerset/content/articles/2007/02/05/james_purefoy_rome_series_two_interview_feature.shtml Interview] with James Purefoy, BBC Somerset, February 2007
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,,1982628,00.html Interview] in "
The Guardian", January 6, 2007
* [http://www.mensvogue.com/arts/television/articles/2007/02/last_emperor_jpurefoy "Men's Vogue" profile]
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