Fast Facts

  • Left Sherborne School at age 16, then enrolled in night school to finish his O-levels.
  • Worked as a hospital orderly for several years after leaving school.
  • Took up acting while studying for his A-levels at Brooklands Technical College because he was in need of a third subject and, as importantly, the girl-boy ratio in the class was 3 to 1.
  • His first acting job was as Alan Strang in a touring production of Equus.
  • Acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company for several years after leaving drama school.


  • Joseph Purefoy — Son
  • Jessica Adams — Significant Other
  • Fay Ripley — Ex-significant Other
  • Holly Aird — Ex-wife


  • Attended Central School of Speech and Drama, London England; University of London, London, England

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  • Birth Name: James Brian Mark Purefoy
  • Birth Place: Taunton, Somerset, England
  • Profession: Actor

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