James Purefoy
English actor
James Purefoy
James Brian Mark Purefoy is an English actor best known for portraying Mark Antony in the HBO series Rome.
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Film Clip: 'Equity'
Wall Street Journal - 7 months
Watch a film clip from "Equity," starring Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, and Sarah Megan Thomas. Photo: Sony Pictures Classics
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Sometimes Tom Hiddleston Apologizes For Almost Punching People On Set
Huffington Post - 9 months
Tom Hiddleston is used to flashy fight sequences. In the three Marvel movies he's made (and the fourth one that will shoot this summer), these elaborately choreographed scenes are staged in front of green screens. We may panic watching Loki dangle from the side of the rainbow bridge in Asgard, but obviously no children, small animals or hunky Internet boyfriends were harmed in the making of the "Thor" films. Hiddleston's latest movie, "High-Rise," is far less action-driven, and perhaps that's why the movie's fight scene was far more dangerous. Or at least he was worried it would be.  HIddleston plays Dr. Robert Laing, a 1970s pathologist who moves into a chic, full-service London apartment tower seized by a dystopian class structure. In the 40-story building, the privileged reside in the top half, while the underclass is relegated to the bottom floors. The besuited Laing moves to the 25th story following the death of his wife, and he is quickly invited to opulent parties thrown ...
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The Following: What to Expect From the "More Intense, More Graphic" Season 2
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
Though The Following's second season doesn't officially get underway until Monday, Jan. 27, Fox will air a special preview episode after the NFC championship game on Sunday, which will catch viewers up on what's happened in the year since the (allegedly) fatal showdown between Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). Sunday's installment, titled "Resurrection," finds some of Carroll's followers coming out of the woodwork to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his death by carrying out a bloody attack on the New York City subway. Only this time around, rather than stumbling around empty liquor bottles and trying to ward off a hangover, the former FBI agent is eating healthily, watching the morning news and going for a long run, all before heading off to his job teaching forensics at a criminal justice school in Manhattan. After seeing the subway slaughter in Sunday's episode, fans might question the validity of that statement, however. Among the many new char ...
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How This Real Life NYPD Detective Influenced Some of Today's Biggest TV Series
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I recently interviewed several actors who portray law enforcement characters in TV shows premiering this month, including Tricia Helfer who plays a Texas Ranger investigating females who're driven to murder in Killer Women (January 7); Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson who play two "personally tortured" detectives in True Detective (January 12) on a murder investigation that spans 17 years; and James Purefoy who plays a serial killer whose cult is pursued by Kevin Bacon's FBI agent in The Following (January 19 special preview). True Detective -- Photo/HBO From Nietzschean philosophizing cops (McConaughey) to a female Ranger, cop shows have come a long way from Dragnet's Jack Webb (1951-59) droning his catchphrase, "All we want are the facts, ma'am..." The turning point happened in the early '70s. Forty years ago this month, back in 1974, real-life Detective Sonny Grosso was on leave of absence from the NYPD working as a technical advisor in Hollywood on the legendary cop sh ...
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'The Following' Season 2: Intense New Teasers Tout Return Of Joe Carroll (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The Following" returns for Season 2 in January, and it seems as creepy as ever. Though the clips are short, they feature Kevin Bacon's character, Ryan Hardy speculating if the serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is still alive after (SPOILER ALERT) he was thought to be dead at the end of Season 1. See the first of the teasers above, and the second one (which actually shows Purefoy) below. "The Following" Season 2 premieres in January 2014 on Fox.
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Carrie Preston Joins 'The Following': 'True Blood' Actress To Guest Star As Serial Killer Groupie
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Arlene Fowler is trading vampires for serial killers. According to E! Online, "True Blood" actress Carrie Preston has joined "The Following" as Judy, serial killer Joe Carroll's (James Purefoy) groupie. Preston's role is particularly interesting because by the end of Season 1 it looked like Joe Carroll was dead. But in a June interview, star Kevin Bacon didn't seem too convincing about it. “You know, nobody in the show really has job security," he said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. "He, uh, he disappeared -- I mean, he’s dead. Yeah. At the end of the season, he’s dead.” Catch Carrie Preston on "The Following" when it returns to Fox this January.
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'The Following' Snags A '90210' Star
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Fox’s dark drama The Following has cast two new series regulars (and potential Joe Carroll victims!) for season two. First, 90210 star Jessica Stroup is joining the show. She’ll play Max, the niece of Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). She’s an NYPD cop, currently working in the Intel Division. Max reconnects with Ryan and she becomes a valuable ally. The Following has also hired Tiffany Boone (Beautiful Creatures), who will play Mandy, an impressionable young girl who finds herself to be the newest cult member following Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) — whether she likes it or not.
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'Dexter's' Sam Underwood Joining Fox's 'The Following'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "The Following" may have found itself a junior bad. Sam Underwood will join the dark series for Season 2 as Luke, Fox told TheWrap. The character is described as "a very complicated and dangerous young man." Though it sounds like he would be a follower of Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), producers are staying mum as to whether he is a devotee. Underwood is currently appearing on the final season of "Dexter." He has also appeared on ABC's "Zero Hour." His movie credits include the upcoming "A New York Story," "The Last Keepers" and "The Pick Up. ...
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Pat Gallagher: Kevin Bacon On Marriage, 'The Following' And His Greatest Fear
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Kevin Bacon is a superstar. I know this because his publicist put the call through to me for our phone interview. I haven't had a celebrity's publicist put a call through to me since David Letterman's publicist did it circa 1988. I think the touch-tone dialing system was new then, and the little beeps that the numbers made as you hit each one must have scared Dave. But here's the difference. While it took Dave about an hour and a half to come to the phone, it took Kevin about one-tenth of a second. The Footloose actor was much, much, much... much easier to interview. And he was everything I thought he would be: polite, kind, nice, humble, patient, honest, a true gentleman -- and a good sport! Bacon was happy to speak with The Huffington Post about his Fox TV show -- The Following -- six degrees of himself, his beautiful wife -- actress Kyra Sedgwick (the two are celebrating 25 years of marriage this year), what he's afraid of, his music and his basic instincts. You' ...
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Will Jacob Betray Joe?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
With only one episode left before "The Following" airs its Season 1 finale, things are starting to unravel at Joe Carroll's (James Purefoy) psycho mansion. In the last episode, Roderick (Warren Kole) rebelled, kidnapping Joe's son and allowing Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to rescue the boy, then Joe's ex-wife, Claire (Natalie Zea), stabbed him in the gut. Being a criminal mastermind is a tough job. In The Huffington Post's exclusive preview of the April 22 episode, titled "The End is Near," the cracks in Joe's plans are starting to widen as Jacob (Nico Tortorella) questions whether or not he and Emma (Valorie Curry) can even trust their fearless leader. Emma remains loyal despite Joe's hot and cold treatment, but Jacob is starting to sense that Joe might not have their best interests at heart. Tune in to the penultimate episode of "The Following" Season 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Monday April 22 on Fox to see whether Jacob and Emma can truly trust Joe. Do you think Emma and ...
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The Flaw In The Plan
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"He's unraveling," The Following's Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) said of cult leader Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) in the most recent episode of Fox's serial killer drama. With Joe suffering from writer's block, dealing with incompetent followers, and realizing that the FBI is getting closer and closer to his hideout, it does seem like the demented web he's weaving is coming apart at the seams. And in Monday's new episode (9/8c, Fox), it becomes clearer than ever that things are not quite falling into place for the escaped serial killer.
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The Challenge For 'The Following' Season 2
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Shawn Ashmore's "The Following" character, Agent Mike Weston, has been sidelined for the last few episodes after a vicious beating at the hands of Joe Carroll's (James Purefoy) followers. On the Monday, April 8th episode, titled "The Curse," Weston returns and he's a little different than when fans last saw him. We're not just talking about the bruises. "Mike comes back a changed man and I don't think he's outright out for revenge, but he's changed," Ashmore told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "He's affected physically and emotionally by the beating and near-death experience from that interrogation at the hands of Roderick [Warren Kole] and the other followers. He comes back with a different approach when it comes to the followers. I don't think he's taking any chances and so when he's face-to-face with them, he definitely acts a little bit more impulsively and defends himself probably more than he would have in the past." The different approaches Ashmore ment ...
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'The Following': James Purefoy talks Season 1 finale episode
Fox News - almost 4 years
Purefoy said when Season 1 wraps at the end of April, the fans will finally get some closure from the mysterious show.
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'The Following' scares up big audiences
Fox News - almost 4 years
James Purefoy opens up
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Can NBC Be Saved?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Can "Hannibal" and "Revolution" signal spring for NBC? What a bleak winter it's been for broadcast networks and their new scripted shows! While the jury is out for CBS' "Golden Boy," ABC's "Zero Hour" was a zero and "Red Widow," based on early ratings, seems as doomed as its gunned-down mobster hubby. And then there's NBC, whose "Do No Harm," a multiple-identity crime drama, was identified after just two airings as a flop. But that isn't the only harm done to NBC. Just as sinkholes dominated recent news, NBC was suffering its share of them across its program schedule. Its midseason comedy "1600 Penn" is limping, as is its midseason whodunit, "Deception." In January, Broadway melodrama "Smash" returned for a second season to such dismal ratings it's since been banished as a lost cause to Saturday night. It wasn't supposed to go like this. Last fall, downtrodden NBC entered the new season with brave but only modest aspirations. Then, juiced ...
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The Following Exclusive Sneak Peek: Joe Reaches Out to His Followers
Seattle Pi - about 4 years
The Following Exclusive Sneak Peek: Joe Reaches Out to His Followers Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:14 am, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 The Following's Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) may be locked up in federal prison, but that has never stopped him from acting as puppet master for his legions of murderous devotees - and on Monday's episode, he raises the stakes even more. In the exclusive sneak peek below, Joe issues a "statement" (aka an excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death") through his attorney. "What he's doing in that statement is activating a plan," creator Kevin Williamson teases.
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Inside 'The Following's' Twisted Love Triangle
Huffington Post - about 4 years
One of the most compelling aspects of "The Following" (Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on Fox) has been the unexpected -- and undeniably twisted -- love triangle that has developed between Paul (Adan Canto), Jacob (Nico Tortorella) and Emma (Valorie Curry), three of Joe Carroll's (James Purefoy) most loyal followers. There's seemingly nothing that these three won't do for their mentor -- including kidnapping his son, Joey -- but things are going to get a whole lot darker for the trio in tonight's episode, titled "Mad Love." HuffPost TV sat down with Adan Canto to discuss the compelling dynamic between the three psychopaths, whether we'll dip into Paul's past, and how it feels to inhabit the mind of a killer. Light spoilers below. Things have steadily been growing more tense in the house with Paul, Emma and Jacob -- it seems like a powder keg waiting to erupt. What can you preview about what's coming up for the three of them? Well, it gets very messy. Paul is a very passionat ...
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'The Following' Scares Up Solid Numbers For Fox
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"The Following" ratings are in and Fox could have a hit on its hands. About 10.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the launch of the new Fox series, starring Kevin Bacon, and "The Following" pulled in a 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. "The Mob Doctor," the previous timeslot occupier, debuted to 5.1 million viewers with a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic on Monday, Sept. 17. "Alcatraz," last season's midseason replacement on Mondays at Fox, had a two-hour premiere that had 10.1 million viewers and a 3.3 ratings. Both "The Mob Doctor" and "Alcatraz" were canceled. "The Following" stars Bacon as Ryan Hardy, a retired FBI agent with a whole mess of personal problems. He comes out of retirement to help stop Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) and the cult of followers he amassed willing to commit murders in his name. Kevin Williamson of "Scream" fame is behind the Fox series that also stars Shawn Ashmore and Annie Parisse. "I'm excited for people to ... see what else ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Purefoy
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    He married Adams in Somerset in July 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Purefoy is a supporter of Yeovil Town FC.
    Later in 2014, Purefoy co-starred in the Formula 1-themed music video for David Guetta's song "Dangerous".
    More Details Hide Details Purefoy has a son, Joseph (born 1997), with the actress Holly Aird. With the documentary director and producer Jessica Adams, he has a daughter, Rose (born 2012).
    It was announced in June 2014 that Purefoy would join the cast of the upcoming film High-Rise with Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons.
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  • 2013
    Age 48
    In 2013, The Following debuted, starring Purefoy as the lead antagonist of the series.
    More Details Hide Details He portrays Joe Carroll, a former professor who becomes a serial killer and leads a cult of followers, all whom help create Carroll's "story".
  • 2009
    Age 44
    He starred as Teddy Rist in the summer television series, The Philanthropist, which aired on NBC beginning on June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details His character is a billionaire playboy who decides to use his wealth and power to help others in need.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    He played Mark Antony in the HBO/BBC original television series, Rome. At the time there were rumours that at least one nude body in the show had been digitally enhanced. When his Wikipedia entry, which at that time referred to the rumours, 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.
    More Details Hide Details But it wasn't mine. Mine's all mine." Producer William J. MacDonald announced that James Purefoy would play Simon Templar in a new TV series of The Saint. The new series was scheduled to start shooting in Berlin and Australia in April 2008. However, production ultimately did not occur and in August Purefoy was reported as negotiating with NBC to star in another series, The Philanthropist.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    Speculation suggested that his departure was due to an opportunity to play James Bond in the 2006 film Casino Royale.
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    He was originally the actor for V in the 2006 Film V for Vendetta but had creative differences with the production team and left the film six weeks into filming.
    More Details Hide Details Parts of the film contain (dubbed) scenes of Purefoy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 34
    He played Edward, the Black Prince in the film A Knight's Tale, Rawdon Crawley in Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon and Tom Bertram in the 1999 production of Mansfield Park.
    More Details Hide Details He has played major roles in several television costume dramas, including Sharpe's Sword, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Prince and the Pauper, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Blackbeard: Terror at Sea, Beau Brummell: This Charming Man, The Tide of Life, Camelot and Rome.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    One of his notable roles was as Nicholas Jenkins in the eight-part miniseries A Dance to the Music of Time for Channel 4 in 1997.
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  • 1995
    Age 30
    Purefoy was screen tested for the role of James Bond in 1995 for GoldenEye, but ultimately lost the role to Pierce Brosnan.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout 2004 and 2005 Purefoy's name was rumoured as a possible candidate to replace Brosnan as Bond in future films. He played James McCarthy, a young man accused of murdering his father, in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," in Granada's The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 23
    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 and appeared in The Constant Couple, Macbeth, The Tempest, The Man Who Came to Dinner (Gene Saks, Barbican) and King Lear as Edgar.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Noël Coward's Present Laughter at the Globe Theatre (1993), Biff in Death of a Salesman, alongside Ken Stott and Jude Law, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds (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. Between March and June 2011 he starred as Peter in Trevor Nunn's production of Flare Path at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, alongside Sheridan Smith and Sienna Miller, as part of the playwright Terence Rattigan's centenary year celebrations.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on June 3, 1964.
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