James Frain

James Frain

Mar. 14th, 1968
Born in
Leeds, England, UK
6' 0

James Frain's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
True Blood TV Show
True Blood
The Tudors TV Show
The Tudors
The White Queen TV Show
The White Queen
The Cape TV Show
The Cape
Intruders (UK) TV Show
Intruders (UK)
Empire (2005) TV Show
Empire (2005)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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James Dominic Frain (born March 14, 1968) is an English stage and screen actor. He is known for his role in the Showtime series The Tudors, in which he appeared as Thomas Cromwell from 2007 to 2009. Other starring roles include that of vampire Franklin Mott in season three of the HBO drama True Blood, Chief Magistrate Gérard de Villefort in The Count of Monte Cristo, Bassianus in Titus, and Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, in the BBC drama serial The White Queen (2013) and FOX's Sleepy Hollow (2013).

The eldest of eight children James Frain was born in Leeds, Yorkshire and raised in Essex.

He received a degree in drama from the University of East Anglia and went on to graduate from London's Central School of Speech and Drama. There, he was discovered by 'Richard Attenborough', who directed him in Shadowlands (1993), his feature film debut.

James then went on to portray several memorable roles, notably as Kenny in Nothing Personal (1995) for which he was nominated Best Actor at the 1995 Venice Film Festival, Alvaro De la Quadra in Elizabeth (1998), and Daniel Barenboim in Hilary and Jackie (1998). He also appeared in Istvan Szabo's Sunshine (1999), 'Julie Taymor' Titus (1999), Where the Heart Is (2000) opposite 'Natalie Portman', and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). He appears opposite 'Kate Beckinsale' and 'Robert De Niro' in Everybody's Fine (2009).

He has recently been working more in US television including 24 (2001) The Closer (2005) and he appears in The Tudors (2007) on Showtime as Thomas Cromwell.

In addition to his screen work, James boasts an impressive theatrical resume, appearing in productions with the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, and on Broadway in 'The Homecoming' (2007).

In 2004, Frain married American actress and screenwriter 'Marta Cunningham'. They have two children. In his spare time he is an amateur artist.


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