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James Frain

James was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and raised in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, with his eight brothers and sisters in the shadow of London's Stansted airport. His father was a stockbroker and his mother was a teacher. He was educated at Newport Free Grammar School. He earned his degree in Drama and Film at the University of East Anglia, and went on to study acting at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. He worked a variety of jobs in social work, factories, and the service industry, before traveling throughout India. While studying in London, Frain was spotted by Sir Richard Attenborough, who immediately cast him in his first feature, Shadowlands (1993), opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. With theater credits for The Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court, as well as, in the West End in a range of classical and modern plays, Frain's reputation quickly spread to television and film, where he won leading roles in the Oscar nominated features, Elizabeth (1998) with Cate Blanchett, and Hilary and Jackie (1998) with Rachel Griffiths. James reunited on screen with Sir Anthony Hopkins in Fox Searchlight's film, Titus (1999). In 2007, he appeared with Ian McShane on Broadway in "The Homecoming" - for which the cast won The Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble. In the U.S., Frain played leading roles in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce, Where the Heart Is (2000) opposite Natalie Portman, Deception (2000) with Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron, and Into the Blue (2005) with Paul Walker. Since moving to the States, Frain has continued to work on both sides of the Atlantic, maintaining his profile in the European independent film scene while working on popular American television series, such as "Californication" (2007), "FlashForward" (2009), "24" (2001), "Grey's Anatomy" (2005), "In Plain Sight" (2008), "The Closer" (2005), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), among others. James is probably best-known for his performance as "Thomas Cromwell" over three seasons of Showtime's critically-acclaimed series, "The Tudors" (2007). He appeared opposite Kate Beckinsale, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Robert De Niro in Everybody's Fine (2009). He had a major arc on HBO's hit series, "True Blood" (2008), playing "Franklin Mott"; "a tall, dark, and sexy vampire". He was last seen in Disney's TRON: Legacy (2010), opposite Jeff Bridges, released in December 2010.

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Mar 14, 1968 In Leeds, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Campane a martello 1949-09-16
Latest Project:
Series Агент Картер 2015-01-06
Known For
Poster of Intruders
Poster of The Cape
Poster of Азартные игры
Poster of Prime Suspect
Series Агент Картер Leet Brannis 2015-01-06
Series Intruders Richard Shepherd 2014-08-23
Series Готэм Theo Galavan 2014-09-22
Series Тёмное дитя Ferdinand 2013-03-30
Movie Событие 15 Andrews 2013-03-05
Movie Одинокий рейнджер Barret 2013-07-03
Series The White Queen Lord Warwick 2013-06-16
Movie Born Of War Simon 2013-12-05
Series Туннель Kieran Ashton / John Sumner 2013-10-16
Series Сонная Лощина Rutledge 2013-09-16
Movie Транзит Marek 2012-01-02
Movie Bert & Dickie Jack Beresford 2012-07-25
Series Гримм Unknown 2011-10-28
Series The Cape Peter Fleming 2011-01-09
Movie Крестовые походы Sir Gregory 2010-03-27
Movie Трон: Наследие Jarvis 2010-12-10
Series Miami Medical Unknown 2010-04-02
Series Обмани меня Unknown 2009-01-21
Series Вспомни, что будет Gordon Myhill 2009-09-24
Movie Всё путём Tom 2009-12-04
Series За гранью Unknown 2008-09-09
Series Настоящая кровь Franklin Mott 2008-09-07
Series Менталист Terry Murphy 2008-09-23
Series Тюдоры Thomas Cromwell 2007-04-01
Series 4исла Unknown 2006-03-05
Movie Blackbeard Peter Whistler 2006-06-17
Movie The Front Line Eddie Gilroy 2006-07-16
Series Empire Brutus 2005-06-28
Series Медиум Unknown 2005-01-03
Series Анатомия страсти Unknown 2005-03-27
Series Предел Unknown 2005-09-16
Movie В поисках комедии в мусульманском мире 2005-12-15
Movie Добро пожаловать в рай! Reyes 2005-09-30
Series Нашествие Unknown 2005-09-21
Movie Спартак David 2004-04-18
Movie Граф Монте-Кристо J.F. Villefort 2002-01-23
Series Закон и порядок. Преступное намерение Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie Чудотворец Thomas 2000-03-31
Movie Там, где сердце Forney Hull 2000-04-27
Movie Азартные игры Nick Cassidy 2000-02-25
Series C.S.I. Место преступления Unknown 2000-10-06
Series Arabian Nights 2000-04-30
Movie Арабские приключения Schahzenan / Harun al-Rashid 2000-04-30
Movie Вкус солнечного света Gustave Sonnenschein 1999-09-13
Series The Vice Unknown 1999-01-04
Movie Тит – правитель Рима Bassianus 1999-12-25
Movie What Rats Won't Do Jack 1998-07-01
Movie Елизавета Alvaro de la Quadra 1998-09-13
Movie Vigo 1998-09-14
Movie Хилари и Джеки Daniel Barenboim 1998-12-30
Movie Macbeth on the Estate Macbeth 1997-01-01
Movie Red Meat Victor 1997-01-04
Movie Робинзон Крузо Robert 1997-06-11
Movie The Mill on the Floss Philip Wakem 1997-10-12
Movie Rasputin Prince Felix Yusupov 1996-03-23
Movie Loch Ness 1996-08-23
Movie Ужасно большое приключение John Harbour 1995-01-01
Movie Царство теней Peter Whistler 1993-12-25
Series Prime Suspect Unknown 1991-04-07
Series Байки из склепа Unknown 1989-06-10
Movie Campane a martello Prince Felix Yusupov 1949-09-16