James Frain

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James Frain
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Frain at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1968-03-14) 14 March 1968 (age 51)
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)
Marta Cunningham (m. 2004)
Children2

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 (2007–2009), 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),[1] as Ferdinand in Orphan Black (2015), Theo Galavan/Azrael in Season 2 of Gotham, as David in Spartacus and as Ambassador Sarek in Star Trek Discovery (2017).

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.

Early life[edit]

Frain was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, and brought up in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, the eldest of eight children of a teacher mother and a stockbroker father.[2] He was educated at Newport Free Grammar School, studied English, Film and Drama at the University of East Anglia and trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Career[edit]

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).[3]

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).[citation needed]

He has appeared in a number of television series, such as soldier soldier (1993)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 True Blood. In season 2 of Grimm, Frain joined the cast as a mysterious recurring character named Eric Renard.[3]

He appeared in the second season of Gotham as Azrael. He currently portrays Sarek, the father of Spock, on Star Trek: Discovery, the second prequel TV series in the Star Trek franchise.

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Frain married director Marta Cunningham; they have two children.[4] He is an amateur artist.

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Shadowlands Peter Whistler
1995 An Awfully Big Adventure John Harbour
1995 Nothing Personal Kenny
1996 Loch Ness Adrian Foote
1995 Bruised Fruit Dan Short film
1997 Red Meat Victor
1997 Robinson Crusoe Robert / Defoe's Publisher
1998 What Rats Won't Do Jack
1998 Hilary and Jackie Daniel Barenboim
1998 Elizabeth Spanish Ambassador Álvaro de la Quadra
1998 Vigo: A Passion for Life Jean Vigo
1999 Sunshine Gustave Sonnenschein
1999 Titus Bassianus
2000 Zero Eight Short film
2000 Reindeer Games Nick Cassidy
2000 The Miracle Maker Thomas (voice)
2000 Where the Heart Is Forney Hull
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo J.F. Villefort
2004 Spartacus David
2005 Into the Blue Reyes
2006 The Front Line Eddie Gilroy
2008 Quid Pro Quo Father Dave
2009 Everybody's Fine Tom
2010 Tron: Legacy Jarvis
2011 Water for Elephants Rosie's Caretaker
2012 Transit Marek
2012 Bert and Dickie Jack Beresford
2013 All Things to All Men Attorney General
2013 The Lone Ranger Barret
2013 Alpha Alert Andrews
2014 Born of War Simon
2015 Olivia Martha Ilse William Bailey Short film
2016 The Architect Miles Moss
2019 Against the Clock Dr. A
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Soldier Soldier Lt. Giles Chapman Episode: "Disintegration"
1993 Prime Suspect 3 Jason Baldwin Miniseries
1995 The Buccaneers Julius Folyat Miniseries
1995 Devil's Advocate Doctor Vesti TV Movie
1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Prince Felix Yusupov TV Movie
1996 Tales from the Crypt Elliot Episode: "Report from the Grave"
1996 Strangers Dirk Episode: "Ceremony"
1997 The Mill on the Floss Philip Wakem TV Movie
1997 Macbeth on the Estate Macbeth TV Movie
2000 Arabian Nights Schahzenan/Harun al-Rashid Miniseries
2001 Armadillo Lorimer Black Miniseries
2001 The Vice Gordon Ellis Episode: "Trade"
2002 Path to War Richard N. Goodwin TV Movie
2002 The Project Harvey TV Movie
2003 Leonardo Cesare Borgia Miniseries
2004 Spartacus David Miniseries
2004 Pilot Season Jeremy Pilodes Miniseries
2005 24 Paul Raines Recurring (Season 4)
2005 Strong Medicine Art Gallery Painter Episode: "Clinical Risk"
2005 Empire Marcus Junius Brutus Miniseries
2005 Medium Calley Episode: "Light Sleeper"
2005 Threshold Reverend Lavory Episode: "Revelations"
2006 Invasion Eli Szura Recurring
2006 The Closer Paul Andrews Episode: "Critical Missing"
2007 Numbers Allister McClair Episode: "The Janus List"
2007-2009 The Tudors Thomas Cromwell Main cast
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dean Holiday Episode: "Vanishing Act"
2008-2009 Fringe Salmon Kohl 2 episodes
2009 In Plain Sight Phillip Ashmore/Phillip Andrews Episode: "Once a Ponzi Time"
2009 Grey's Anatomy Tom Crowley Episode: "I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin' Me"
2009 Lie to Me Lance McClellan Episode: "Grievous Bodily Harm"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Martin Gold Episode: "Users"
2009 Californication Paul Rider Episode: "Mia Culpa"
2009-2010 FlashForward Dr. Gordon Myhill 2 episodes
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jeffrey Hughes Episode: "Sin City Blue"
2010 Dark Relic Sir Gregory TV Movie
2010 Miami Medical Brian Episode: "Man on the Road"
2010 Leverage John Douglas Keller Episode: "The King George Job"
2010 True Blood Franklin Mott Recurring (Season 3)[5]
2010 CSI: Miami Richard Ellison Episode: "Sudden Death"
2011 The Cape Peter Fleming/Chess Main cast
2011 Burn Notice James Forte Episode: "Eye for an Eye"
2012 The Mentalist Terry Murphy Episode: "At First Blush"
2012-2013 Grimm Eric Renard Recurring (Season 2)
2 episodes (Season 3)
2013 The White Queen Lord Warwick, "the Kingmaker" Miniseries
2013 Sleepy Hollow Rutelidge Episode: "The Sin Eater"[6]
2013 The Tunnel John Sumner/Kieran Ashton Recurring (Season 1)
2014 Reckless Stanford Ashby Episode: "When the Smoke Clears"
2014 Intruders Richard Shepherd Main cast
2015 Agent Carter Leet Brannis 2 episodes
2015 True Detective Kevin Burris Main cast (Season 2)
2015-2016 Gotham[7] Theo Galavan/Azrael[8] Main cast (Season 2)
2015–2017 Orphan Black Ferdinand [9]
2017 Hawaii Five-0 Sebastian Wake Episode: "Kama' oma' o ka 'aina huli hana"
2017–present Star Trek: Discovery Sarek[10] Recurring
2019 The Twilight Zone Agent Allendale Episode: "Point of Origin"[11]
Video game role
Year Title Role
2010 Tron: Evolution Zuse

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battles, beddings and beheadings: Why The White Queen is the TV event of the summer", Mail Online, 15 June 2013. Accessed 2 July 2013
  2. ^ "James Frain profile at". Filmreference.com. 14 March 1969. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b James Frain on IMDb
  4. ^ https://hitberry.com/true-blood-star-james-frain-reveals-what-he-likes-to-do-on-date-nights-with-his-wife-marta
  5. ^ "The Tudors James Frain joins True Blood recurring Role". DreadCentral. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Sleepy Hollow Exclusive: True Blood Baddie to Butt Heads With Ichabod". tvline.com.
  7. ^ http://en.yibada.com/articles/103973/20160213/don-t-watch-gotham-season-2-episode-12-mr-freeze.htm
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (24 June 2015). "'Gotham' Casts James Frain As Regular, Will Play New Villain & Tigress' Brother". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  9. ^ "'Orphan Black' Adds 'Shameless' Alum Justin Chatwin, James Frain For Season 3". variety.com.
  10. ^ "James Frain Joins Discovery As Sarek". Startrek.com. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (7 February 2019). "'The Twilight Zone': Ginnifer Goodwin To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 February 2019.

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