James Purefoy

James Purefoy


6/3/1963, Taunton, Somerset, England, UK

Birth Name

James Brian Mark Purefoy


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James Purefoy, born James Brian Mark Purefoy on June 3, 1964 in Somerset, England, is a British actor. As a young man, Purefoy studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After finishing, he went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in plays such…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • James: Without fail, every day I lose my keys, credit card and dignity.

    • James: Breeches are fine, in their place. The trouble with breeches is that it makes you realize what it's like to be a woman with large breasts. There's just no eye contact.

    • James: How can anyone drink Diet Coke? The after-taste of a Diet Coke is like licking a cat's bottom.

    • James: If you find yourself always playing the villain, or if you find yourself being typecast into a corner where you're not happy then that's probably rather miserable, but if I have been typecast I am quite happy about it. I'm trying to work out what I have been typecast as. I don't know.

    • James: The age of chivalry isn't dead, is it? It doesn't even have to be a man or a woman that you could be chivalrous to. If somebody's in trouble you give them a hand.

    • James: (on filming in Rome) To go to work every day and see the sun coming up over the Forum and the Colosseum and then to go into the Forum for work - it's a strange feeling.

    • James: (on his costume in the series, Rome) Mark Antony was fabulously rich, so all his costumes are bespoke tailoring. I could have slept in them and often did. There's nothing wrong with wearing a skirt!

    • James: (how much he knew of his character on Rome beforehand) Certainly for Mark Antony, there is a preconceived notion of who he was. You have an idea of him as this great romantic lover and military general - we've been fed the stories down from Shakespeare and we have this idea of Marlon Brando and Richard Burton. But when you do the research and you read some of these ancient texts, it's not like that. He was a wine-drinking, fighting drunkard. A favourite party trick of his was to dress up as Dionysus, the god of wine, and drive around Rome in a chariot pulled by six lions.

  • Super man and actor.

    I have great respect for James. He is a wonderful actor, fabulous on stage as well as on TV and film. Very versatile but best in period drama like Dance to the Music of Time, Rome (sexy and menacing as Mark Antony) and Vanity Fair. very charming and accomodating in person too. I saw him in Exonerated a few years ago and he had a very convincing Texas accent and great stage presence. More recently he is appearing in Flare Path at the Theatre Royal haymarket to a very appreciative audience. His peter Kyle has both pathos and sensitivity in spite of his lack of morality. Watch him really suffer in Solomon Kane, or swordfight in ironclad and George and the Dragon, or turn on the charm in Women Talking Dirty and Maybe Baby. He always stands out even in mediocre programmes and films!moreless
  • Mark Anthony

    Though I have seen him a feature film and once or twice on television it seems as though he is becoming most well known for his role as Mark Anthony, on HBO's Rome (which I have just recently become a fan of). And I gotta say that even though I adore him and he is an excellent actor he plays one jerk of a guy. I mean Mark Anthony is self serving, intimidating, snake in the grass, and an all around rude kind of guy. But I guess that says a lot about James himself that he can play such a sort of dislikable character and yet a lot of people still like the character. He defenitely brings a sense of charm and sensuality to Mark Anthony and he's got this great commanding on screen prescence. He defenitely doesn't seem like a Mark Anthony type and yet he plays him so well.moreless