James Faulkner (actor)
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James Sebastian Faulkner
18 July 1948
|Education||Royal Central School of Speech and Drama|
James Sebastian Faulkner (born 18 July 1948) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Pope Sixtus IV in the television series Da Vinci's Demons (2013–2015), Randyll Tarly in the television series Game of Thrones (2016–2017), and Saint Paul in the film Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018).
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.
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, several 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 Gielgud 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.
Faulkner made his big screen debut as Josef Strauss in The Great Waltz in 1972. He played the arrogant Lieutenant Millington in Anderson's Conduct Unbecoming of 1975 starring with Michael York, Richard Attenborough and Trevor Howard.
He appeared in other films such as Whispering Death and Minder on the Orient Express in which he played gangster Ted Moore. Other film appearances saw him play Lt. Teignmouth Melvill in Zulu Dawn that he co-produced, and 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 Dalgliesh, 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).
He was also cast to play Lord 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||Teignmouth Melvill|
|1980||Flashpoint Africa||Ramon Funes|
|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||Lord Duncan 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|
|2017||Atomic Blonde||Chief C|
|2018||Paul, Apostle of Christ||Saint Paul|
|1976||I, Claudius||Herod Agrippa||TV serial, 6 episodes|
|1978||Hazel||Gordon Gregory||6 episodes|
|1985||The Bill||Sidney Sharman||Episode: Burning the Books|
|1986||First Among Equals||Simon Kerslake||TV serial|
|1989||Frederick Forsyth Presents||Markus Vogel||Just Another Secret (1989)|
|1998||Taggart||Colonel Robert Falkirk||Episode: Dead Reckoning (Series 14 Episode 41)|
|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|
|2016–2017||Game of Thrones||Randyll Tarly||5 episodes|
|2016||Life on Earth: A New Prehistory||Narrator||3 episodes|
|2018||Death in Paradise||Frank O'Toole||Episode: Written in Murder (Series 7 Episode 3)|
|2018||Watership Down||Frith||Episode: The Journey|
|2001||Walking with Beasts: Operation Salvage||Voice|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Professor Severus Snape (voice)|
|2012||Blades of Time||Voice|
|2012||Blades of Time: Dismal Swamp||Voice||DLC|
|2014||Dragon Age: Inquisition||Cassandra's Associate (voice)|
|2016||The Turing Test||T.O.M (voice)|
|2018||League of Legends||Swain (voice)|
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