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James Purefoy Biography

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

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