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 2011, he was cast as Peter Fleming on the NBC series The Cape. He later became part of the mini-series The White Queen, Grimm, The Tunnel, Intruders, Orphan Black and True Detective. At present, he is part of the TV series Gotham.

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.




2015- present Gotham (TV Series)
2015 True Detective (TV Series)
2015 Orphan Black (TV Series)
2015 Agent Carter (TV Series)
2015 Olivia Martha Ilse (Short)
2014 Intruders (TV Series)
2014 Reckless (TV Series)
2013 The Tunnel (TV Series)
2013 Born of War
2013 Sleepy Hollow (TV Series)
2012-2013 Grimm (TV Series)
2013 Alpha Alert
2013 The White Queen (TV Mini-Series)
2013 The Lone Ranger
2013 All Things to All Men
2012 Bert & Dickie
2012 The Mentalist (TV Series)
2012/I Transit
2011 Burn Notice (TV Series)
2011 Water for Elephants
2011 The Cape (TV Series)
2010 Tron: Evolution (Video Game)
2010 TRON: Legacy
2010 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
2010 True Blood (TV Series)
2010 Leverage (TV Series)
2010 Miami Medical (TV Series)
2009-2010 Flashforward (TV Series)
2010 Dark Relic (TV Movie)
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
2009 Californication (TV Series)
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
2009 Everybody's Fine
2009 Lie to Me (TV Series)
2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
2009 In Plain Sight (TV Series)
2007-2009 The Tudors (TV Series)
2008-2009 Fringe (TV Series)
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
2008/I Quid Pro Quo
2007 Numb3rs (TV Series)
2006 The Closer (TV Series)
2006 The Front Line
2006 Invasion (TV Series)
2005 Threshold (TV Series)
2005 Medium (TV Series)
2005 Into the Blue
2005 Empire (TV Mini-Series)
2005 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
2005 24 (TV Series)
2004 Pilot Season (TV Mini-Series)
2004 Spartacus (TV Movie)
2003 Leonardo (TV Mini-Series documentary)
2002 The Project (TV Movie)
2002 Path to War (TV Movie)
2002 The Vice (TV Series)
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo
2001 Armadillo (TV Series)
2000 Arabian Nights (TV Mini-Series)
2000 Where the Heart Is
2000 The Miracle Maker
2000 Reindeer Games
1999 Titus
1999 Sunshine
1999 Zero Eight (Short)
1998 Vigo: A Passion for Life
1998 Elizabeth
1998 Hilary and Jackie
1998 What Rats Won't Do
1997 Macbeth on the Estate (TV Movie)
1997 Robinson Crusoe
1997 Red Meat
1997 The Mill on the Floss (TV Movie)
1996 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
1996 Bruised Fruit (Short)
1996 Rasputin (TV Movie)
1996 Loch Ness
1996 Strangers (TV Series)
1995 Devil's Advocate (TV Movie)
1995 Nothing Personal
1995 An Awfully Big Adventure
1995 The Buccaneers (TV Mini-Series)
1993 Shadowlands
1993 Prime Suspect 3 (TV Mini-Series)
1993 Soldier Soldier (TV Series)




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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