James Frain

14 Mar 1968

Actor

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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Filmography (32 titles)

(movie, 2013)
···Born Of War
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
Role: Actor (as Simon)
(movie, 2013)
···The Lone Ranger
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Role: Actor (as Barret)
(movie, 2013)
···The White Queen
Genre: Drama, History, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as Lord Warwick)
(movie, 2013)
···Event 15
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Andrews)
(movie, 2012)
···Transit
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Marek)
(movie, 2012)
···Bert & Dickie
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jack Beresford)
(movie, 2010)
7.3TRON: Legacy
Genre: Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Jarvis)
(movie, 2010)
···Dark Relic
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Sir Gregory)
(movie, 2009)
···Everybody's Fine
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Tom)
(movie, 2006)
···The Front Line
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Eddie Gilroy)
(movie, 2005)
···Into the Blue
Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure, Crime
Role: Actor (as Reyes)
(mini-series, 2005)
···Empire
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Brutus)
(movie, 2004)
···Spartacus
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as David)
(movie, 2003)
···Leonardo
Role: Actor (as Cesare Borgia)
(movie, 2002)
···The Count of Monte Cristo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as J.F. Villefort)
(movie, 2002)
···The Project
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Harvey)
(series, 2001)
···Armadillo
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Lorimer Black)
(movie, 2000)
···Arabian Nights
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Schahzenan · Harun al-Rashid)
(movie, 2000)
···The Miracle Maker
Genre: Animation, History, Family
Role: Actor (as Thomas)
(movie, 2000)
···Reindeer Games
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nick Cassidy)
(movie, 1999)
···Titus
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Bassianus)
(movie, 1999)
···Sunshine
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Gustave Sonnenschein)
(movie, 1998)
···Hilary and Jackie
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Daniel Barenboim)
(movie, 1998)
···Elizabeth
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Alvaro de la Quadra)
(movie, 1998)
···Vigo
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jean Vigo)
(movie, 1998)
···What Rats Won't Do
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jack)
(movie, 1997)
···Macbeth on the Estate
Role: Actor (as Macbeth)
(movie, 1997)
···Red Meat
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Victor)
(movie, 1997)
···The Mill on the Floss
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Philip Wakem)
(movie, 1996)
···Loch Ness
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor
(movie, 1995)
···Nothing Personal
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Kenny)
(movie, 1993)
···Shadowlands
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Peter Whistler)