Frain at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.
14 March 1968 |
Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Marta Cunningham (m. 2004)|
James Dominic Frain (born 14 March 1968) is an English stage and screen actor. His best known roles include those of Thomas Cromwell in the TV series The Tudors (2007–09), vampire Franklin Mott in season three of the HBO drama True Blood, as Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, in the BBC drama serial The White Queen (2013), as Ferdinand in Orphan Black (2015) and as Theo Galavan/Azrael in Season 2 of Gotham.
Frain played leading roles in the BBC dramas Armadillo (2001), The Buccaneers (1995) and The Mill on the Floss (1997) and the films Hilary and Jackie (1998) and Elizabeth (1998). He also appeared as Chief Magistrate Gérard de Villefort in The Count of Monte Cristo and Bassianus in Titus.
While in his final year of drama school, he made his film debut in Shadowlands (1993) after being spotted by Richard Attenborough. He was nominated for Best Actor at the 1995 Venice Film Festival for his performance as a Northern Irish terrorist in Thaddeus O'Sullivan's film, Nothing Personal (1995), and for Best Supporting Actor at the Genies in Toronto for his performance in István Szabó's Sunshine (1999).
He has been a regular on the stage in the United Kingdom, appearing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre, as well as on the West End. He has also appeared on Broadway and was a recipient of the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performances along with the rest of the cast of The Homecoming (2007).
He has appeared in a number of television series, such as Armadillo (2001); 24 (2005); Invasion (2006); and The Closer (2006). His more recent roles include Thomas Cromwell in Showtime's The Tudors; the villainous billionaire 'Chess' in the NBC superhero/crime drama series The Cape; heroic Templar Sir Gregory in the Syfy original film Dark Relic (2010); and vampire Franklin Mott in the HBO drama series True Blood. In season 2 of Grimm, Frain joined the cast as a mysterious recurring character named Eric Renard.
In 2004, Frain married Emmy nominated director Marta Cunningham; they have two children. In his spare time, he is an amateur artist.
- Shadowlands (1993) – Peter Whistler
- Nothing Personal (1995) – Kenny
- An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) – John Harbour
- Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996) – Prince Felix Yusupov
- Loch Ness (1996) – Adrian Foote
- Robinson Crusoe (1997) - Defoe's Publisher
- Elizabeth (1998) – Spanish Ambassador Álvaro de la Quadra
- Hilary and Jackie (1998) – Daniel Barenboim
- Sunshine (1999) – Gustave Sonnenschein
- Titus (1999) – Bassianus
- Where the Heart Is (2000) – Forney Hull
- Reindeer Games (2000) – Nick
- Armadillo (2001) - Lorimer Black
- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) – J.F. Villefort
- Path to War (2002) - Richard N. Goodwin
- Into the Blue (2005) – Reyes
- The Front Line (2006) – Eddie Gilroy
- Everybody's Fine (2009) – Tom
- Tron: Evolution (video game) (2010) – Zuse
- Tron: Legacy (2010) – Jarvis
- Water for Elephants (2011) – Rosie's Caretaker
- Transit (2012) – Marek
- The Lone Ranger (2013) – Barret
- Prime Suspect: Series 3 (1993 miniseries) – Jason Baldwin
- The Buccaneers (1995 miniseries) – Julius Folyat, The Duke of Trevenick
- Tales from the Crypt (1996) – Elliot (episode: "Report from the Grave")
- Macbeth on the Estate (TV film) (1997) - Macbeth
- Arabian Nights (2000) – Schahzenan/Harun al-Rashid
- The Vice (2001) (TV series)(Series 4 Episode 1: Trade) - Gordon Ellis
- Spartacus (TV film) (2004) – David
- Empire (2005) – Marcus Junius Brutus
- 24 (2005) – Paul Raines
- Threshold (2005) (episode title: "Revelations" - Reverend Lavery)
- Invasion (2006) – Eli Szura
- The Closer (2006) – Paul Andrews
- The Tudors (2007–09) – Thomas Cromwell
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2008) (Episode title: "Vanishing Act"; Dean Holiday)
- Fringe (2008) (Episode title: "Safe"; Salmon Kohl)
- In Plain Sight (2009) (Episode title: "Once a Ponzi Time"; Philip Ashmore/Roy Murray)
- Grey's Anatomy (2009) (Episode title: "I Always Feel Like Someone Is Watchin' Me"; Tom)
- Lie to Me (2009) (Episode title: "Grievous Bodily Harm"; Lance McClellan)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2009) (Episode title: "Users"; Martin Gold)
- Californication (2009) (Episode title: "Mia Culpa"; Paul)
- FlashForward (2009–10) – Dr. Gordon Myhill
- Leverage (2010) (Episode title: "The King George Job"; John Douglas Keller) 
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2010) (Episode title; "Sin City Blue"; Jeffrey Hughes)
- CSI: Miami (2010) (Episode title: "Sudden Death"; Richard Ellison)
- True Blood (2010) – Franklin Mott
- The Cape (2011) – Peter Fleming/Chess
- Burn Notice (2011) (Episode title: "Eye for an Eye"; James Forte)
- The Mentalist (2012; episode "At First Blush")
- Grimm (2012–13) – Eric Renard
- The White Queen (2013) – Lord Warwick, "the Kingmaker"
- Sleepy Hollow (2013) – Rutledge 
- The Tunnel (2013) – John Sumner
- Intruders (2014) – Richard Shepherd
- Agent Carter (2015) - Leet Brannis
- Orphan Black (2015) - Ferdinand 
- True Detective (2015) - Kevin Burris
- Gotham (2015–2016) - Theo Galavan/Azrael
- "Battles, beddings and beheadings: Why The White Queen is the TV event of the summer", Mail Online, 15 June 2013. Accessed 2 July 2013
- "James Frain profile at". Filmreference.com. 14 March 1969. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- James Frain at the Internet Movie Database
- "Leverage Season 3 Episode Guide "The King George Job"". TV.com.
- "The Tudors James Frain joins True Blood recurring Role". DreadCentral. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
- "Sleepy Hollow Exclusive: True Blood Baddie to Butt Heads With Ichabod". tvline.com.
- "'Orphan Black' Adds 'Shameless' Alum Justin Chatwin, James Frain For Season 3". variety.com.
- Nellie Andreeva (June 24, 2015). "'Gotham' Casts James Frain As Regular, Will Play New Villain & Tigress' Brother". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 23, 2015.