|Education||Newport Free Grammar School|
|Alma mater||University of East Anglia|
Central School of Speech and Drama
James Dominic Frain is an English stage and screen actor. His best known television roles include Thomas Cromwell in the Showtime/CBC historical drama The Tudors (2007–2009), Franklin Mott in the HBO drama True Blood (2010), Warwick the Kingmaker in the BBC drama serial The White Queen (2013), John Sumner in the Sky/Canal+ crime drama The Tunnel (2013), Ferdinand Chevalier in the BBC/Space sci-fi thriller Orphan Black (2015–2017), Theo Galavan/Azrael in Fox's Gotham (2015–2016), and Sarek in Star Trek: Discovery (2017–2019). He also played leading roles in the BBC dramas Armadillo (2001), The Buccaneers (1995) and The Mill on the Floss (1997).
In film, he is best known for playing Daniel Barenboim and Álvaro de la Quadra in the biographical dramas Hilary and Jackie and Elizabeth, respectively (both 1998), Bassianus in the Shakespeare adaptation Titus (1999), and Gérard de Villefort in the historical drama The Count of Monte Cristo (2002).
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. He was educated at Newport Free Grammar School, studied Drama and Film at the University of East Anglia and trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
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 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.
In 2004, Frain married director Marta Cunningham; they have two children.
|1995||An Awfully Big Adventure||John Harbour|
|Bruised Fruit||Dan||Short film|
|1996||Loch Ness||Adrian Foote|
|1998||What Rats Won't Do||Jack|
|Hilary and Jackie||Daniel Barenboim|
|Elizabeth||Álvaro de la Quadra|
|Vigo: A Passion for Life||Jean Vigo|
|2000||Zero Eight||Short film|
|Reindeer Games||Nick Cassidy|
|The Miracle Maker||Thomas (voice)|
|Where the Heart Is||Forney Hull|
|2002||The Count of Monte Cristo||J.F. Villefort|
|2005||Into the Blue||Reyes|
|2006||The Front Line||Eddie Gilroy|
|2008||Quid Pro Quo||Father Dave|
|2011||Water for Elephants||Rosie's Caretaker|
|Bert and Dickie||Jack Beresford|
|2013||All Things to All Men||Attorney General|
|The Lone Ranger||Barret|
|2014||Born of War||Simon|
|2015||Olivia Martha Ilse||William Bailey||Short film|
|2016||The Architect||Miles Moss|
|2019||Against the Clock||Dr. A|
|2021||Escape Room: Tournament of Champions||Henry||Extended cut version|
|1993||Soldier Soldier||Lt. Giles Chapman||Episode: "Disintegration"|
|Prime Suspect 3||Jason Baldwin||Miniseries|
|1995||The Buccaneers||Julius Folyat||Miniseries|
|Devil's Advocate||Doctor Vesti||TV Movie|
|1996||Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny||Prince Felix Yusupov||TV Movie|
|Tales from the Crypt||Elliot||Episode: "Report from the Grave"|
|1997||The Mill on the Floss||Philip Wakem||TV Movie|
|Macbeth on the Estate||Macbeth||TV Movie|
|2000||Arabian Nights||Schahzenan/Harun al-Rashid||Miniseries|
|2001||The Vice||Gordon Ellis||Episode: "Trade"|
|2002||Path to War||Richard N. Goodwin||TV Movie|
|The Project||Harvey||TV Movie|
|Pilot Season||Jeremy Pilodes||Miniseries|
|2005||24||Paul Raines||10 episodes|
|Strong Medicine||Art Gallery Painter||Episode: "Clinical Risk"|
|Empire||Marcus Junius Brutus||Miniseries|
|Medium||Calley||Episode: "Light Sleeper"|
|Threshold||Reverend Lavory||Episode: "Revelations"|
|The Closer||Paul Andrews||Episode: "Critical Missing"|
|2007||Numbers||Allister McClair||Episode: "The Janus List"|
|2007–2009||The Tudors||Thomas Cromwell||Main role; 24 episodes|
|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"|
|Grey's Anatomy||Tom Crowley||Episode: "I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin' Me"|
|Lie to Me||Lance McClellan||Episode: "Grievous Bodily Harm"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Martin Gold||Episode: "Users"|
|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"|
|Dark Relic||Sir Gregory||TV Movie|
|Miami Medical||Brian||Episode: "Man on the Road"|
|Leverage||John Douglas Keller||Episode: "The King George Job"|
|True Blood||Franklin Mott||8 episodes|
|CSI: Miami||Richard Ellison||Episode: "Sudden Death"|
|2011||The Cape||Peter Fleming/Chess||Main cast|
|Burn Notice||James Forte||Episode: "Eye for an Eye"|
|2012||The Mentalist||Terry Murphy||Episode: "At First Blush"|
|2012–2013||Grimm||Eric Renard||8 episodes|
|2013||The White Queen||Warwick the Kingmaker||Miniseries|
|Sleepy Hollow||Rutelidge||Episode: "The Sin Eater"|
|The Tunnel||John Sumner||Main role; 4 episodes|
|2014||Reckless||Stanford Ashby||Episode: "When the Smoke Clears"|
|Intruders||Richard Shepherd||Main cast|
|2015||Agent Carter||Leet Brannis||2 episodes|
|True Detective||Kevin Burris||Main role; 7 episodes|
|2015–2016||Gotham||Theo Galavan/Azrael||Main role; 16 episodes|
|2015–2017||Orphan Black||Ferdinand Chevalier||8 episodes|
|2017||Hawaii Five-0||Sebastian Wake||Episode: "Kama' oma' o ka 'aina huli hana"|
|2017–2019||Star Trek: Discovery||Sarek||Recurring role|
|2019||The Twilight Zone||Agent Allendale||Episode: "Point of Origin"|
|Elementary||Odin Reichenbach||7 episodes|
|2020||What We Do in the Shadows||Black Peter||Episode: "Witches"|
|2021||Showtrial||Sir Damian Campbell||Mini-Series|
|2021||Call of Duty: Vanguard||Major Henry Hamms|
|1991||All for Love||Myris||Almeida Theatre, London|
|1992||The Rules of the Game||Giorgo||Almeida Theatre, London|
|1993||She Stoops to Conquer||George Hastings||Queen's Theatre, London||with Peter Hall Company|
|1995||Zenobia||Wahballat||Young Vic, London||with Royal Shakespeare Company|
|2000||Other People||Mark||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|2001||King Lear||Edmund||Almeida Theatre, London|
|2007||The Homecoming||Teddy||Cort Theatre, New York City|
|2019||The King's Speech||Lionel Logue||Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago|
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- "True Blood star James Frain reveals what he likes to do on date nights with his wife Marta. Read on for the full scoop". Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
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- "Sleepy Hollow Exclusive: True Blood Baddie to Butt Heads With Ichabod". tvline.com. 18 September 2013.
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- "James Frain Joins Discovery As Sarek". Startrek.com. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- 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.
- Rudolph, Ileane (20 June 2019). "'Elementary' Sneak Peek: Is James Frain's Odin the Newest Foe to Holmes & Watson? (VIDEO)". TVInsider. Retrieved 5 May 2021.