James Brian Mark Purefoy (born June 3, 1964 in Taunton, Somerset, England) is an English actor best known for his roles as Marc Antony in the semi-historical drama series Rome and Solomon Kane in the eponymous movie.
He is mostly known for playing smug and slimy villainous characters, occasionally tapping into a more sadistic and sinister archetype, although he also has his fair share of heroic roles, such as Sir Thomas Colville in A Knight's Tale.
- Lighthouse as Richard Spader (1999)
- A Knight's Tale as Sir Thomas Colville/Edward, the Black Prince (2001)
- Resident Evil as Spence Parks (2002)
- Rome as Marc Antony (2005-2007)
- Solomon Kane as Solomon Kane (2010)
- Camelot as King Lot (2011)
- John Carter as Kantos Kan (2012)
- The Hollow Crown as Thomas Mobwray (2012)
- The Following as Joe Carroll (2013-2015)
- Hap and Leonard as Hap Collins (2016-2018)
- Altered Carbon as Laurens Bancroft (2018)
- Tales of Arcadia as Kanjigar the Courageous (voice) (2016-2019)
- Fisherman's Friends as Jim (2019)
- Pennyworth as Gulliver Troy (2020-)
Tropes associated with him:
- Celebrity Resemblance: To Hugh Jackman, to the point that sometimes they're confused for each other.
- Fake American: He often portrays American characters with a rather convincing accent, such as Hap Collins and Spence Parks.
- Large Ham: He can be very theatrical when he needs to be, especially when his characters go into villainous cackling bouts.
- What Could Have Been: He was cast as V in V for Vendetta, but dropped out six weeks into the filming. He has shot several scenes as the character, but he was wearing a mask and a cloak, so his material was included in the film, with Hugo Weaving dubbing over Purefoy's performance and filming the rest of the scenes.