- 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.
- Fay Ripley — Ex-significant Other
- Jessica Adams — Significant Other
- Joseph Purefoy — Son
- Holly Aird — Ex-wife
- Attended Central School of Speech and Drama, London England; University of London, London, England
- Birth Name: James Brian Mark Purefoy
- Birth Place: Taunton, Somerset, England
- Profession: Actor
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