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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 14, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Leeds, England, GB Profession: actor, director, playwright

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Actor James Frain was a quintessential chameleon. Regardless of the role he portrayed - whether it was a sinister Spaniard in "Elizabeth" (1998), a classical pianist in "Hilary and Jackie" (1998), or a soft-spoken librarian in "Where the Heart Is" (2000) - Frain always extracted hidden layers of his characters' emotions and brought them to the forefront. Frain also delivered strong performances on the action drama "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) as well as on the critically acclaimed Showtime miniseries "The Tudors" (2007-2010), as a commoner who rises to power as King Henry VIII's ally. But it was Frain's impressive turn as a psychotic vampire obsessed with a human on the award-winning HBO series "True Blood" (2008- ) that put him on the map and successfully showcased his range as a performer.

Actor James Frain was a quintessential chameleon. Regardless of the role he portrayed - whether it was a sinister Spaniard in "Elizabeth" (1998), a classical pianist in "Hilary and Jackie" (1998), or a soft-spoken librarian in "Where the Heart Is" (2000) - Frain always extracted hidden layers of his characters' emotions and brought them to the forefront. Frain also delivered strong performances on the action drama "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) as well as on the critically acclaimed Showtime miniseries "The Tudors" (2007-2010), as a commoner who rises to power as King Henry VIII's ally. But it was Frain's impressive turn as a psychotic vampire obsessed with a human on the award-winning HBO series "True Blood" (2008- ) that put him on the map and successfully showcased his range as a performer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Alpha Alert (2014)
2.
 Lone Ranger, The (2013)
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 Dark Relic (2010)
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 Tron: Legacy (2010)
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 Everybody's Fine (2009)
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 Quid Pro Quo (2008)
9.
 Front Line, The (2006)
10.
 Into the Blue (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Essex
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As a child, decided to be an actor
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Began writing, directing and acting in amateur productions as a teenager
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After secondary school, worked odd jobs and traveled before enrolling as a theater student at the University of East Anglia in 1987
1990:
Accepted at Central School of Speech and Drama
1993:
Just before graduating from drama school, was cast in first film role
1993:
Feature acting debut as Peter Whistler, an Oxford student who clashes with C S Lewis (Anthony Hopkins), in "Shadowlands"
1993:
Early TV credit as a "rent boy" in "Prime Suspect 3" (aired on PBS in the USA)
1995:
Played a single-minded leader of a paramilitary group of Protestants in Northern Island in "Nothing Personal"
1995:
Breakthrough TV role as an abusive aristocrat in the series "The Buccaneers" (aired on PBS in the USA)
1996:
Played the leading Russian assassin in the acclaimed HBO movie "Rasputin"
1997:
Initial screen teaming with Emily Watson in "The Mill on the Floss"; played Philip Wakem, the childhood sweetheart of Watson's Maggie Tulliver; aired in the USA on PBS' "Mobil Masterpiece Theatre"
1998:
Delivered a fine turn as the ambiguous Spanish ambassador to the Tudor court in "Elizabeth"
1998:
Reteamed with Watson, playing Argentine pianist Daniel Barenbohm to her cellist Jacqueline Du Pre in the biopic "Hilary and Jackie"
1999:
Portrayed the legendary French filmmaker in the biopic "Vigo - Passion for Life"
1999:
Appeared as Bassanius in Julie Taymor's "Titus"
1999:
Portrayed Ralph Fiennes' brother in "Sunshine"; released in USA in 2000
2000:
Cast an a American who befriends a fellow prisoner (Ben Affleck) in John Frankenheimer's drama "Reindeer Games"
2000:
Returned to London stage as a gay man in "Other People"
2002:
Co-starred in the remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo"
2002:
Acted on stage in London in "King Lear"
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Education

University of East Anglia: - 1987 - 1990
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England - 1990 - 1993

Notes

"What's been good [about my career] is that every time

"I am rarely satisfied with what I've done. But most actors would say that. You see it and you want to do it again, because you always learn something from watching what you've done." --James Frain, quoted in London TIMES, June 5, 1999

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