James Faulkner (actor)

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James Faulkner
Born James Sebastian Faulkner
(1948-07-18) 18 July 1948 (age 68)
Hampstead, London, England
Occupation Actor

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]


Faulkner made his big screen debut as Josef Strauss in The Great Waltz in 1972.

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.

He played Herod Agrippa in the BBC's 1976 television adaptation of I, Claudius and portrayed Aldous Huxley in 1981's Priest of Love.

In 1988 he portrayed one of the biggest enemies of Sherlock Holmes, Stapleton in Granada Television's production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, opposite Jeremy Brett.

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.

He voiced Severus Snape in the video game version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He also starred as Lord Kenworth in the film Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.

In 2008 Faulkner played Cardinal Rhades in the German thriller Der Bibelcode (de) (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.

In 2016 he joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6 as Randyll Tarly, the father of Samwell Tarly.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Great Waltz Josef Strauss
1974 The Abdication Magnus de la Gardie
1975 Conduct Unbecoming 2nd Lt. Edward Millington
1976 Whispering Death Terrick
1979 Zulu Dawn Lt. Teignmouth Melvill
1980 Flashpoint Africa Ramon
1981 Priest of Love Aldous Huxley
1983 Eureka Roger
1989 The Shadow Trader
1992 Carry On Columbus Torquemada
1992 Lovejoy 'Friends in High Places' Alfredo Pereira
1996 Crimetime Crowley
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
2007 Hitman Smith Jamison
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
2017 Atomic Blonde C


Year Title Role Notes
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"


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