James Purefoy is the English actor, director, and producer. James Purefoy was born to Anthony Chetwynd and Shirley Purefoy. James was born in the City of Bristol County at Taunton. He spent his childhood in Somerset, the place near Yeovil, England. After schooling, he worked as a porter at the Yeovil District Hospital, and he also worked at the city pig farm. He then traveled throughout Europe doing one or other job. At the age of 18, he went back to college to appear for the A-level exam. One of his exams had drama; that was the time when he started taking the interest in acting. He applied for the acting course at Central School of Speech and Drama, London and was selected too. Purefoy was playing a lead role in a drama during his final year; there he was spotted by a casting director from RSC. The director was so impressed by his work that he invited him to join the company.
Purefoy worked at the RSC for two years; he performed in 8 productions. For the next six years, he divided his time between jobs in theater and television. He is mostly known for his roles in the HBO series Rome and The Following.
Purefoy continued to work in the theater till the 1990s. Purefoy’s life changed in 1999 because of his extraordinary portrayal of the caring brother in the feature film Mansfield Park, a movie based on the works of Jane Austen. He used this exposure and continued to act in superhits like Maybe Baby (2000), Resident Evil (2002) and Vanity Fair (2004).
Purefoy appeared for the screen test to portray James Bond in the year 1995 for the movie GoldenEye, but he did not get the role. Purefoy was supposed to replace Pierce for future Bond series.
Purefoy was the lead cast for the role of V in the 2006 Film V for Vendetta but due to creative differences with the team, he discontinued it after filming it for six weeks. Few clips of the movie contain some shots of Purefoy. Conjecture told that he departed because he had an opportunity to play the role of James Bond in Casino Royale. One announcement came in June 2014 that Purefoy could join the cast of the flick High-Rise with actors
. In late 2014, he featured in a music video of David Guetta.
Purefoy’s son named Joseph was born in 1997 with his first wife, Holly Aird. He married documentary movie producer and director Jessica Adams in Somerset in July 2014. He has a daughter with Jessica named Rose (born 2012).