James Faulkner (actor)
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|Born||James Sebastian Faulkner
18 July 1948
Hampstead, London, England
James Sebastian Faulkner (born 18 July 1948) is an English actor, known for his many various appearance on television and in films, usually in supporting roles.
Having trained as a chorister from the age of seven at the Royal College of Church Music at Addington Palace he was a permanent member of the choir and often called upon as a soloist. He also took part in every house play, school play, choral society concert and ran the Puppet Club alongside its founder the journalist Roger Wilkes (Norman House 61 - 66).
On leaving school he worked as Prep schoolmaster, rugby coach, waiter, barman and professional Santa Claus before auditioning for the waiting list of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 1967. After three years of exhaustive training he won the lead role in the final graduation production of "Kiss Me Kate”. The following day the top seven Theatrical Agencies wrote to him and he signed at ICM and joined Prospect Theatre for "Much Ado about Nothing" the main event at the 1970 Edinburgh Festival. A season at Chichester Festival Theatre followed with such luminaries as Sir John Gieguid and Dame Edith Evans and he then transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End with Jean Anouilh's "Dear Antoine" meeting the author on the opening night.
He appeared in other films such as Whispering Death, Murder on the Orient Express, played Lt. Teignmouth Melvill in Zulu Dawn that he co-produced, and appeared as Uncle Geoffrey in both Bridget Jones films.
In 1991, he played Alex Mair, the manager of the Larksoken nuclear power plant, in an Anglia production of the P.D. James novel featuring her character Inspector Adam Dalgleish, Devices and Desires. He has also portrayed Agent Smith in the film Hitman. He was also the principal antagonist Baron Mullins in the short-lived Anglo-American television show, Covington Cross.
In 2008 Faulkner played Cardinal Rhades in the German thriller Der Bibelcode (The Bible Code).
James Faulkner was cast as Pope Sixtus IV - Francesco & Alessandro della Rovere in BBC Worldwide's historical fantasy drama series Da Vinci's Demons in 2013.
He was also cast to play Lord Daniel Sinderby in the highly acclaimed Edwardian costume drama Downton Abbey produced by ITV in 2014.
|1972||The Great Waltz||Josef Strauss|
|1974||The Abdication||Magnus de la Gardie|
|1975||Conduct Unbecoming||2nd Lt. Edward Millington|
|1979||Zulu Dawn||Lt. Teignmouth Melvill|
|1981||Priest of Love||Aldous Huxley|
|1989||The Shadow Trader|
|1992||Carry On Columbus||Torquemada|
|1992||Lovejoy 'Friends in High Places'||Alfredo Pereira|
|2001||Burning Down the House||Hal Lander|
|Bridget Jones's Diary||Uncle Geoffrey|
|2003||I Capture the Castle||Aubrey Fox-Cotton|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Uncle Geoffrey|
|Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London||Kenworth|
|2005||Colour Me Kubrick||Oliver|
|2006||The Conclave||Cardinal Guillaume D'Estouteville|
|The Good Shepherd||Lord Cooper|
|2008||The Bank Job||Guy Singer|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Swiss Bank Manager|
|2016||Bridget Jones's Baby||Uncle Geoffrey|
|2016||Underworld: Blood Wars||Cassius|
|2017||Final Portrait||Pierre Matisse|
|1976||I, Claudius||Herod Agrippa||TV serial, 6 episodes|
|1978||Hazel||Gordon Gregory||6 episodes|
|1985||The Bill||Sidney Sharman||Episode: Burning the Books|
|2010||Ben Hur||Marcellus||TV mini-series, 2 episodes|
|2013-15||Da Vinci's Demons||Pope Sixtus IV||24 episodes|
|2014||Downton Abbey||Lord Sinderby||4 episodes|
|2016||Game of Thrones||Randyll Tarly||Episode: "Blood of My Blood"|
- "Acclaimed actor James Faulkner". 9 June 2014.
- "Meet the Tarlys: Game of Thrones adds three more actors to season 6!". Watchers On The Wall. 16 September 2015.
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