James Purefoy

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  • Birth Name: James Brian Mark Purefoy
  • Birth Place: Taunton, Somerset, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/03/1964, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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The Following Exclusive Sneak Peek: Ryan and Joe Face Off

Ryan Hardy and Joe Carroll are finally coming face-to-face.

The two nemeses have a showdown at the Korban compound on Monday's episode of The Following, where Ryan (Kevin Bacon) attempts to kidnap Joe (James Purefoy).

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Exclusive Following Sneak Peek: Claire's Back with a Vengeance!

It's fitting that the season premiere of Fox's The Following was titled "Resurrection," because that's been the theme this season. First, the presumed-dead Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) was revealed to be alive, and last week, we learned that Joe's wife Claire (Natalie Zea), who appeared to have been fatally stabbed in the Season 1 finale, has actually been hiding out in witness protection.

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Exclusive: Get an Inside Look at The Following's Gruesome Bookstore Scene

Joe Carroll is alive — and now everyone knows it.

Carroll (James Purefoy) announced his presence in a grandiose (and bloody!) fashion on Monday's episode of The Following, sending Emma (Valorie Curry) and other followers to murder random patrons at a signing for Carrie Cook's (Sprague Grayden) book about the Havenport tragedy.

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Resident Evil Scene: Keep It Tight
Lily Gray Has Surprises for Ryan in Sacrifice
Sneak Peek: Teacher's Pet

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Credits

Year Title Description
2013 The Following TV Show Series, Actor - Joe Carroll
2012 Solomon Kane Movie, Actor - Solomon Kane
2009 The Philanthropist TV Show Series, Actor - Teddy Rist
2009 Diamonds TV Show Series, Actor - Lucas Denmont
2005 Roma TV Show Series, Actor - Mark Antony

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Exclusive: Scoop on The Following's Big Shocker!

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Exclusive The Following Sneak Peek: Who's the Mole?

Monday's episode of The Following finds Ryan (Kevin Bacon), Mike (Shawn Ashmore) and Max (Jessica Stroup) working desperately to find out who in the FBI has been leaking information to Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).

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The Following Exclusive Video: Should Emma Stay or Should She Go?

Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) has already admitted he's not the best writer on this season of The Following, and we're starting to think he's lacking in the common sense department as well.

On Monday's episode (9/8c, Fox), Joe, Emma (Valorie Curry) and Mandy (Tiffany Boone) are still stationed with the crazy cult they encountered last week. And Emma (understandably) wants to get the hell out of Dodge, given her near-death experience last week, when the group's leader offered her up as a sacrifice.

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The Following Postmortem: The Case Takes a Devastating Turn for Mike

[Warning: This article contains major spoilers about Monday's episode of The Following. Read at your own risk!]

The investigation into Joe Carroll's cult turned gruesomely personal for Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) on Monday's episode of The Following. In the final moments... read more

The Following's Valorie Curry: Emma Is "Not the Same Person She Used to Be"

Has Joe Carroll lost his mojo?

The serial killer at the heart of Fox's The Following seems to have been taken down a few notches this season. On last week's episode, Carroll (James Purefoy) began to question his talents as a writer, and even his No. 1 devotee, Emma (Valorie Curry) is starting to see cracks in the pedestal on which she's placed him.

"She knows now that he is fallible, whereas before he was very godlike to her," Curry tells TVGuide.com. "Now, she's borne the brunt of his mistakes, of his weaknesses. ... Their relationship is going to be different going forward, [with Emma] knowing now that he is capable of making mistakes. He also admits that he needs her ... as a partner, not so much as a follower."

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