Actor James D’Arcy, born Simon D’Arcy, was born on August 24, 1975 in London, England. After studying at Christ’s Hospital, he went to Australia and ended up working for a Perth school’s drama department, which ignited his interest in acting. Upon returning to London, he entered the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, during which he appeared in several West End plays, before graduating in 1995.
He began appearing on television in 1996, initially in British dramas Silent Witness and Dalziel and Pascoe. He made his (minor) film debut in 1997’s Wilde, and later starred in The Trench (alongside Daniel Craig) and Guest House Paradiso. He began taking bigger roles at the turn of the century, from a major role in the miniseries Rebel Heart, to a role in the war series P.O.W. He became known to American audiences for his roles in the epic film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and the horror flicks Exorcist: The Beginning and An American Haunting. After appearing in several other British productions, both on film, television and radio, he took a role in the Fox television special Virtuality.