James Frain

Biography

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.

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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Known Credits 62

Birthday 1968-03-14

Place of Birth Leeds, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Headlock as Dr. A
2016 The Architect as Miles Moss
2015 Marvel's Agent Carter(2 episodes) as Leet Brannis
2014 Gotham(22 episodes) as Theo Galavan
2014 Intruders(8 episodes) as Richard Shepherd
2014 True Detective(7 episodes) as Lieutenant Kevin Burris
2013 Born Of War as Simon
2013 The Tunnel(10 episodes) as Kieran Ashton / John Sumner
2013 Sleepy Hollow(1 episode) as Rutledge
2013 The Lone Ranger as Barret
2013 The White Queen(10 episodes) as Lord Warwick
2013 Orphan Black(5 episodes) as Ferdinand Chevalier
2013 Event 15 as Andrews
2012 Bert & Dickie as Jack Beresford
2012 Transit as Marek
2011 Grimm(2 episodes)
2011 The Cape(11 episodes) as Peter Fleming
2010 TRON: Legacy as Jarvis
2010 Miami Medical(1 episode)
2010 Dark Relic as Sir Gregory
2009 Everybody's Fine as Tom
2009 FlashForward(2 episodes) as Gordon Myhill
2009 Lie to Me(1 episode)
2008 The Mentalist(1 episode) as Terry Murphy
2008 Fringe(1 episode)
2008 True Blood(1 episode) as Franklin Mott
2007 The Tudors(28 episodes) as Thomas Cromwell
2006 The Front Line as Eddie Gilroy
2006 Numb3rs(1 episode)
2005 Into the Blue as Reyes
2005 Invasion(7 episodes)
2005 Threshold(1 episode)
2005 Empire(6 episodes) as Brutus
2005 Grey's Anatomy(1 episode)
2005 Medium(1 episode)
2004 Spartacus as David
2002 The Project as Harvey
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo as J.F. Villefort
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent(1 episode)
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation(1 episode)
2000 Arabian Nights as Schahzenan / Harun al-Rashid
2000 Arabian Nights(2 episodes)
2000 Where the Heart Is as Forney Hull
2000 The Miracle Maker as Thomas
2000 Reindeer Games as Nick Cassidy
1999 Titus as Bassianus
1999 Sunshine as Gustave Sonnenschein
1999 The Vice(1 episode)
1998 Hilary and Jackie as Daniel Barenboim
1998 Vigo
1998 Elizabeth as Alvaro de la Quadra
1998 What Rats Won't Do as Jack
1997 The Mill on the Floss as Philip Wakem
1997 Robinson Crusoe as Robert
1997 Red Meat as Victor
1997 Macbeth on the Estate as Macbeth
1996 Loch Ness
1996 Rasputin as Prince Felix Yusupov
1995 An Awfully Big Adventure as John Harbour
1993 Shadowlands as Peter Whistler
1991 Prime Suspect(1 episode)
1989 Tales from the Crypt(1 episode)

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