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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 Crediti:
Prime apparizioni:
nel series I racconti della cripta 1989-06-10
Ultimi progetti:
Film Headlock 2018-12-31
Known For
Poster of Fringe
Poster of True Blood
Poster of The Project
Poster of Vigo
Film Headlock Dr. A 2018-12-31
series Star Trek: Discovery Sarek 2017-09-24
series Marvel's Agent Carter Leet Brannis 2015-01-06
series Intruders Richard Shepherd 2014-08-23
series Gotham Theo Galavan 2014-09-22
series Orphan Black Ferdinand 2013-03-30
series The White Queen Lord Warwick 2013-06-16
Film Event 15 Andrews 2013-03-05
series The Tunnel Kieran Ashton / John Sumner 2013-10-16
Film The Lone Ranger Barret 2013-07-03
Film Born Of War Simon 2013-12-05
series Sleepy Hollow Rutledge 2013-09-16
Film Transit Marek 2012-01-02
Film Bert & Dickie Jack Beresford 2012-07-25
series The Cape Peter Fleming 2011-01-09
series Grimm Unknown 2011-10-28
Film Dark Relic Sir Gregory 2010-03-27
series Miami Medical Unknown 2010-04-02
Film Tron: Legacy Jarvis 2010-12-10
series Lie to Me Unknown 2009-01-21
Film Stanno tutti bene Tom 2009-12-04
series FlashForward Gordon Myhill 2009-09-24
Film Quid Pro Quo Father Dave 2008-06-13
series True Blood Franklin Mott 2008-09-07
series Fringe Unknown 2008-09-09
series The Mentalist Terry Murphy 2008-09-23
series I Tudor Thomas Cromwell 2007-04-01
series Numb3rs Unknown 2006-03-05
Film The Front Line Eddie Gilroy 2006-07-16
series Grey's Anatomy Unknown 2005-03-27
series Medium Unknown 2005-01-03
series Empire Brutus 2005-06-28
series Threshold Unknown 2005-09-16
series Invasion Unknown 2005-09-19
Film Trappola in fondo al mare Reyes 2005-09-30
Film Spartaco il gladiatore David 2004-03-17
series Spartacus David 2004-04-18
Film Montecristo J.F. Villefort 2002-01-23
Film The Project Harvey 2002-11-10
series Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Film Trappola criminale Nick Cassidy 2000-02-25
Film C'era una volta Gesù Thomas 2000-03-31
Film Qui, dove batte il cuore Forney Hull 2000-04-27
series CSI - Scena del crimine Unknown 2000-10-06
series Arabian Nights Schahzenan / Harun al-Rashid 2000-04-30
Film Sunshine Gustave Sonnenschein 1999-09-13
series The Vice Unknown 1999-01-04
Film Titus Bassianus 1999-12-25
Film What Rats Won't Do Jack 1998-07-01
Film Elizabeth Alvaro de la Quadra 1998-09-13
Film Vigo 1998-09-14
Film Hilary and Jackie Daniel Barenboim 1998-12-30
Film Macbeth on the Estate Macbeth 1997-01-01
Film Red Meat Victor 1997-01-04
Film Robinson Crusoe Robert 1997-06-11
Film The Mill on the Floss Philip Wakem 1997-10-12
Film Loch Ness Adrian Foote 1996-08-23
Film Rasputin - Il demone nero Prince Felix Yusupov 1996-03-23
Film Niente di personale Kenny 1996-10-18
Film Un'avventura terribilmente complicata John Harbour 1995-07-21
Film Viaggio in Inghilterra Peter Whistler 1993-12-25
series Prime Suspect Unknown 1991-04-07
series I racconti della cripta Unknown 1989-06-10