James D'Arcy

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James D'Arcy
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Born Simon D'Arcy
(1975-08-24) 24 August 1975 (age 38)
Fulham, London, England
Alma mater London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

James D'Arcy (born Simon D'Arcy; 24 August 1975) is an English actor.

Early life[edit]

James D'Arcy was born in Fulham, London, where he and his younger sister, Charlotte were raised by their mother, Caroline (a nurse). His father died when he was young. He has family separated in Ireland, England and Scotland. Most English relatives are based around the Midlands. After completing his education at Christ's Hospital in 1991, he went to Australia for a year and worked in the drama department of a school in Perth, which gave him an interest in acting. When he returned to London he applied for drama school. He did a three-year course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, completing a BA in Acting in 1995.


During his time at LAMDA he appeared in training productions of Heracles, As You Like It, Wild Honey, The Freedom of the City and Sherlock Holmes. On leaving drama school: "It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realized I'd become an actor."[citation needed]

Career[edit]

His first appearances on television were small roles in the TV series Silent Witness (1996) and Dalziel and Pascoe (1996), followed by roles in TV film such as Nicholas Hawthorne in Ruth Rendell's Bribery and Corruption (1997), Lord Cheshire in The Canterville Ghost (1997) and Jonathan Maybury in The Ice House (1997). In 1997 he furthermore played Blifil in the Mini-series The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In 1999, he acted in the World War I drama The Trench as well as having a small role in the comedy Guest House Paradiso.

From 2001 to the present, D’Arcy played bigger roles and leading characters in the mini-series Rebel Heart (2001, Ernie Coyne), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001, Nicholas Nickleby) and Revelation (2001, Jake Martel). In 2002, he portrayed a young Sherlock Holmes in the television film Sherlock: Case of Evil. In 2003, he played the role of Barnaby Caspian in the film Dot the I , and the character Jim Caddon in the series P.O.W In 2003, he also gained wider recognition when he portrayed Lt. Tom Pullings in Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

He played in horror films Exorcist: The Beginning (2004, Father Francis), An American Haunting (2005, Richard Powell) and Rise: Blood Hunter (2007, Bishop). Apart from that, he appeared on television as Derek Kettering in the Agatha Christie's Poirot episode The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005), as Jerry Burton in Agatha Christie's Marple: The Moving Finger, as Tiberius Gracchus in the episode Revolution of Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2007), as Toby Clifford in Fallen Angel (2007) and as Tom Bertram in ITV's production of Mansfield Park.

He has also worked for BBC radio dramas such as Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Winifred Holtby's The Crowded Street. He played the role of Duncan in Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

In 2011, he played the role of King Edward VIII in W.E., the second film directed by Madonna.

In 2012, he played Rufus Sixsmith (young and old) in addition to two other minor roles in the independent film Cloud Atlas, as well as Psycho star Anthony Perkins in Hitchcock.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Silent Witness Student TV series (1 episode: "Long Days, Short Nights: Part 1")
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe Franny Roote TV series (1 episode: "An Advancement of Learning")
1996 Brookside Martin Cathcart TV series (1 episode: "Things to Sort Out")
1997 Canterville Ghost, TheThe Canterville Ghost Lord Cheshire TV film
1997 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Nicholas Hawthorne TV series (2 episodes)
1997 Ice House, TheThe Ice House Jonathan Maybury TV film
1997 Wilde Friend
1997 Dance to the Music of Time, AA Dance to the Music of Time Nicholas Jenkins TV miniseries (1 episode: "The Twenties")
1997 History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, TheThe History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Blifil TV miniseries (5 episodes)
1998 Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle Crap Actor Man 2
1998 Hiccup Barry short
1999 Sunburn Phil TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")
1999 Guest House Paradiso Timothy Barker
2001 Rebel Heart Ernie Coyne TV miniseries (4 episodes)
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Nicholas Nickleby TV film
2001 Revelation Jake Martell
2001 Dark Realm Dean TV series (1 episode: "Party On")
2002 Come Together Jack TV film
2002 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain TV film
2002 Sherlock: Case of Evil Sherlock Holmes TV film
2003 dot the i Barnaby F. Caspian
2003 P.O.W Jim Caddon TV series (6 episodes)
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 1st Lt. Tom Pullings
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Father Francis
2005 American Haunting, AnAn American Haunting Richard Powell
2005 Agatha Christie's Poirot Derek Kettering TV series (1 episode: "The Mystery of the Blue Train")
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Jerry Burton TV series (1 episode: "The Moving Finger")
2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Tiberius Gracchus TV series (1 episode: "Revolution")
2006 Battle for Rome, TheThe Battle for Rome Tiberius Gracchus TV film
2007 Them Cain Johnson TV film
2007 Green Sy TV film
2007 Fallen Angel Toby Clifford TV miniseries (1 episode: "The Judgement of Strangers")
2007 Mansfield Park Tom Bertram TV film
2007 Rise Bishop
2007 Inspector Lynley Mysteries, TheThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries Guy Thompson TV series (1 episode: "Know Thine Enemy")
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Jack Adams
2008 Bonekickers Captain Roberts TV series (1 episode: "The Lines of War")
2008 Commander, TheThe Commander Jerry TV film
2009 Eastmens, TheThe Eastmens Dr. Peter Eastmen TV film
2009 Into the Storm Jock Colville TV film
2009 Virtuality Dr. Roger Fallon TV film
2009-10 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Duncan TV series (8 episodes)
2010 Overnight Tom
2010 Natural Selection John Henry Wilson short
2011 Flight of the Swan, TheThe Flight of the Swan Alexis
2011 Age of Heroes Ian Fleming
2011 Screwed Sam
2011 W.E. King Edward VIII
2012 In Their Skin Bobby
2012 The Domino Effect Mark
2012 Cloud Atlas Rufus Sixsmith, Nurse James, Archivist
2012 Hitchcock Anthony Perkins
2012 Overnight Valerie Breiman
2014 Let's Be Cops Filming
2014 After the Dark Mr. Zimit Post-production
2014 Those Who Kill Thomas Schaeffer Filming

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