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James Brian Mark Purefoy (born June 3, 1964 in Taunton, Somerset, England) is an English actor.

He is best known for his roles as Mark 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's had some heroic roles, such as Sir Thomas Colville in A Knight's Tale.

Selected filmography:

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. Nicely averted with his very subtle performance as George VI in Churchill.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's not afraid to show his body, even being bold enough to feature Male Frontal Nudity in some of his performances.
  • What Could Have Been: He was cast as V in V for Vendetta, but dropped out six weeks into the filming. He had 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.