James Brian Mark Purefoy (born 3 June 1964) is an English actor best known for portraying Mark Antony in the HBO series Rome and for his current role as Joe Carroll, a professor-turned-serial-killer in the TV series The Following.
Purefoy was born in Taunton, Somerset the eldest son of Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy and Shirley Purefoy. He was a boarder at Sherborne School, which he left with only one O-level. Later he went to night school and got 11 more, then took his A-levels. He worked at Yeovil District Hospital as a porter before studying acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
1. ANCIENT ROME WAS A VIOLENT PLACE.
2. I’M NOT A BIG FAN OF PATTERNS. I LIKE THE UNEXPECTED.
3. I HAVE TO TRAVEL A LOT FOR WORK.
4. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH TELEVISION AS A GENRE.
5. I THINK THE OLDER I GET, THE LESS I SHOULD BE DOING.
6. SOMERSET IS WHERE I CALL HOME, AND WHERE I FEEL MOST MYSELF.