James Brian Mark Purefoy (born 3 June 1964) is an English actor best known for portraying the title character in the 2009 epic fantasy film Solomon Kane, for portraying Mark Antony in the HBO series Rome, and for his role as Joe Carroll, a professor-turned-serial-killer in the TV series The Following.
Purefoy was born in Taunton, Somerset the eldest son of Anthony Chetwynd and Shirley (née Taylor) Purefoy. He was a boarder at Sherborne School, which he left with only one O-level. Later he went to night school and got 11 more, then took his A-levels. He worked at Yeovil District Hospital as a porter before studying acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
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.
Purefoy 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...
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