James Purefoy is an English film and television actor who has made appearances in several USA and UK TV series and movies. He is well-known for his role in the HBO TV series ‘Rome’ as Mark Antony, Laurens Bancroft in the Netflix original series ‘Altered Carbon,’ and many more.

Initially, he did odd jobs and later learned drama and acting and stepped into the entertainment industry. He began his acting career professionally as a stage actor and appeared in several theatre productions before venturing into films and television shows. Along with that, he is also a supporter of a football team named Yeovil Town FC.

Quick Info
Celebrated NameJames Purefoy
Birth DateJune 3, 1964
Birth PlaceTaunton, Somerset, England
Full NameJames Brian Mark Purefoy
Star SignGemini
ParentsFather: Anthony Chetwynd
Mother: Shirley Purefoy
HusbandHolly Aird (divorced)
Jessica Adams
Net Worth$6 Million
Height6 feet and 1 inch (1.85m/185cm)
Weight85kgs (187lbs)
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorBlack

James Purefoy


James Brian Mark Purefoy was born on 3 June 1964 in Taunton, Somerset, England, to father Anthony Chetwynd and to his mother, Shirley Purefoy. He is currently 56 years old with a Gemini star sign. Moreover, he holds British nationality.


James Purefoy attended Sherborne School, a boarding school, and later enrolled in night school. For his college, he went to study at Brooklands College. Before studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he used to work as Porter.

Physical Stats

James Purefoy has a pair of dark brown colored eyes and black colored hair. Besides, he stands 6 feet and 1 inch (1.85m/185cm) tall and weighs around 85kgs (187lbs).


James Purefoy initially began his career in appearing in various stage plays. His initial days were ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Mary Morgan,’ and ‘Equus.’ He also joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. He appeared in the productions of plays like ‘The Constant Couple,’ ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner,’ ‘The Tempest’ and ‘King Lear.’


Taking about James Purefoy’s filmy career, his first film in this field was in 1995, where he played Jedd in ‘Feasts of July.’ Then he appeared in minor roles in some movies like ‘Bedrooms and Hallways’ in 1998, ‘Women Talking Dirty’ in 1999, ‘Lighthouse,’ ‘Maybe Baby’ in 2000 ‘Tomorrow’ in 2001. He also starred in ‘A Knight’s Tale’ as Edward, the Black Prince of Wales. Likewise, in 2003 he played ‘Photo Finish’ for which he also won the Jury Award for Best Actor. After that, he appeared in ‘Blessed’ and in ‘V for Vendetta’ for the next two years, respectively.

He came into the limelight in the film industry when he did the dark fantasy action-adventure movie ‘Solomon Kane.’ This film was created by Robert E. Howard, directed and written by Michael J. Bassett. He played the titular character named Solomon Kane, a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms.

Furthermore, his other films in 2011 and 2012 were ‘Ironclad’ and ‘John Carter’ respectively. He also appeared in ‘Wicked Blood’ in 2013 and in ‘Momentum’ in 2012. He also appeared in ‘Equity’ as Michael Conner in 2016 and in ‘Churchill’ as King George VI in 2017. His recent venture film is ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ in 2019, where he played the role of Jim.

James Purefoy

Television Series

James Purefoy made his small screen debut in 1991 in an episode of the series ‘The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes’ as James McCarthy. The same year he played Alan in ‘Boon.’ Over the upcoming years, he featured in various television films like ‘Bye Bye Baby’ in 1992, ‘The Cloning of Joanna May’ in 1992, ‘Calling the Shots’ in 1993, ‘Sharpe’s Sword’ in 1995, ‘Don Quixote’ in 2000 and ‘Blackbeard’ in 2005.

Likewise, he also appeared in several series in the 2000s like ‘Metropolis’ in 2000, ‘The Summit’ in 2008, and ‘The Philanthropist’ in 2009. However, he received his breakthrough role in 2005 when he became a cast in the HBO television drama ‘Rome’ as Mark Antony. It had two seasons in total, with 22 episodes that ran till 2007. Initially, it received good ratings but declined in the last season. Nevertheless, the series received substantial media attention from the start and was honored with numerous awards and nominations in its two-season run.

Similarly, between 2010 to 2015, he appeared in several TV series, miniseries, and television films. Some of them are ‘Camelot,’ ‘Revenge’ in 2011, ‘The Hollow Crown,’ ‘Episodes’ in 2012, ‘The Following’ in 2013, which ran till 2015. Likewise, in 2016 he featured in ‘Hap and Leonard’ as Hap Collins. This series received favorable reviews. He also featured in other series like ‘Roots’ and ‘Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia.’

After that, he became a cast as Laurens in ten episodes of ‘Altered Carbon,’ a Netflix series. He also starred in ‘Sex Education’ in 2019 and lent his voice for Kanjigar the Courageous in the computer-animated series ‘3Below: Tales of Arcadia’. His recent project is ‘Pennyworth’ and ‘El Candidato’ where he appeared in ten episodes as Wayne Addison.

Personal Life

James Purefoy married actress Holly Aird in 1996 and together had a son named Joseph. However, they two parted ways in 2002. He then married a director and producer named Jessica Adams in 2014. This couple has two sons named Kit and Ned and a daughter named Rose.

James Purefoy

Social Media

James Purefoy joined Twitter in 2009 with id (@JamesPurefoy) having 106.5 thousand followers. However, he has not created an official account on Instagram and Facebook.


James Purefoy is the winner of the Temecula Valley International Film Festival Award in 2006 under the category Best Actor for his film ‘Photo Finish.’

Net Worth of James Purefoy

James Purefoy is living a luxurious life. He is a successful person earning a good amount of money. Not only money, but he has also achieved fame and name. As of 2021, his net worth is approximately is $6 Million.