James Frain


Date Of Birth

March 14, 1968


Born on March 14, 1968 in Leeds, Yorkshire, James Frain received his drama training from the University of East Anglia and was also a student at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His first big screen appearance was in the 1993 film, Shadowlands, and his casting was made possible by actor Richard Attenborough. His other film credits include Nothing Personal, Elizabeth, Hilary and Jackie, The Count of Monte Cristo and Into the Blue.

Frain has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared in the hit television series True Blood and on The Tudors as Thomas Cromwell from 2007 to 2009. In 2010, he was cast as Peter Fleming on the NBC series The Cape.

Place of Birth

Leeds, England, UK

Birth Name

James Frain



Fun Facts

He has been married to American actress and screenwriter Marta Cunningham since 2004.




- Shadowlands (1993)
- An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)
- Nothing Personal (1995)
- Loch Ness (1996)
- Bruised Fruit (1996)
- Red Meat (1997)
- Robinson Crusoe (1997)
- What Rats Won't Do (1998)
- Hilary and Jackie (1998)
- Elizabeth (1998)
- Vigo (1998)
- Sunshine (1999)
- Titus (1999)
- Reindeer Games (2000)
- The Miracle Maker (voice, 2000)
- Where The Heart Is (2000)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
- Into the Blue (2005)
- The Front Line (2006)
- Quid Pro Quo (2008)
- Everybody's Fine (2009)
- TRON: Legacy (2010)
- Water for Elephants (2011)

- The Buccaneers (regular, 1995)
- 24 (recurring, 2005)
- Invasion (regular, 2006)
- The Tudors (regular, 2007-2009)
- True Blood (regular, 2010)
- The Cape (regular, 2011)






On his role in True Blood: "I think Franklin is a bit of a troubled soul. I'm not sure that he's entirely well in the head but he also is up for the ride. He likes to go wherever the most dangerous energy is. Basically I'm a private detective which sounds ridiculous. Franklin Mott, Private Eye. Kind of like Magnum but without the mustache."

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