James Frain

Highest Rated: 97% Shadowlands (1993)
Lowest Rated: 21% Into the Blue (2005)
Birthday: Mar 14, 1968
Birthplace: Not Available
A swarthy, versatile performer possessed of a strong screen presence, British actor James Frain first made an impression on audiences with his portrayal of a rebellious young student opposite Anthony Hopkins in Shadowlands (1993). A graduate of London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he then did strong work in Mike Newell's An Awfully Big Adventure (1994) and Thaddeus O' Sullivan's acclaimed Nothing Personal (1995), the latter of which cast him as the leader of a militant anti-IRA group. Frain's international recognition increased in 1998, thanks to strong performances in two highly acclaimed films, Elizabeth and Hilary and Jackie. The first featured him in a supporting role as Spaniard Alvaro de la Quadra, while in the latter, he played pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, the husband of musical prodigy Jaqueline DuPre (Emily Watson).Frain's profile was given even greater exposure in 1999, when he appeared in a number of star-studded films. Titus, Julie Taymor's lavish adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus cast Frain as Bassianus, while István Szabó's equally lavish epic Sunshine -- a drama chronicling over a century of history in a family of Hungarian Jews -- saw him playing Ralph Fiennes' hot-tempered brother. Vigo: Passion for Life, meanwhile, starred Frain as the title character, a French filmmaker whose movies were as influential as his life was brief. In 2000, John Frankenheimer's Reindeer Games thrust the actor into the more modern milieu of underworld crime alongside the likes of Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. Later that same year, he displayed his softer side in Where the Heart Is, playing an awkward, kind-hearted small town librarian who falls in love with a young single mother (Natalie Portman). Forliani stayed busy throughout the 2000s, winning praise for her work in the critically acclaimed fantasy drama Northfolk (2003), which also starred James Woods and Nick Nolte. She appeared in director Christopher Guest's playful send-up of Hollywood during awards season, For Your Consideration, in 2006, though she is better known for her portrayal of medical examiner Peyton Driscoll in CSI: NY (2006-2007). In 2008 she joined the cast of the supernatural thriller Not Forgotten to play a supporting role, and returned to the small screen in 2011 to play the part of Igraine in Camelot, a short-lived television series from STARZ. After taking a reoccurring role in 24's fourth season (2005), Frain portrayed Tomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex in season of HBO's period drama The Tudors throughout its three season run (2007-2009). He played a caretaker in Water for Elephants (starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson) in 2011, and co-starred with James Caviezel in the crime comedy Transit in 2012.In addition to his screen work, Frain has performed in a number of stage productions. He has worked with such prestigious groups as the Peter Hall Company in London's West End and Stratford-Upon-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Company.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Against the Clock Dr. A 2019
No Score Yet The Architect Miles Moss 2016
No Score Yet Born of War Actor 2015
No Score Yet Alpha Alert Actor 2014
31% The Lone Ranger Barret 2013
24% All Things To All Men Attorney General 2013
No Score Yet Going for Gold Jack Beresford 2012
60% Water for Elephants Rosie's Caretaker 2011
50% Tron Legacy Jarvis 2010
No Score Yet Dark Relic Sir Gregory 2010
47% Everybody's Fine Tom 2009
60% Quid Pro Quo Father Dave 2008
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker Thomas 2007
No Score Yet The Front Line Eddie Gilroy 2007
21% Into the Blue Reyes 2005
No Score Yet Spartacus David 2004
No Score Yet Path to War Dick Goodwin 2002
74% The Count of Monte Cristo J.F. Villefort 2002
No Score Yet Armadillo Lorimer Black 2001
74% Sunshine Gustave Sonnenschein 2000
35% Where the Heart Is Forney Hall 2000
25% Reindeer Games (Deception) Nick 2000
60% Arabian Nights Actor 2000
68% Titus Bassianus 1999
No Score Yet Vigo Actor 1999
88% Hilary and Jackie Daniel Barenboim 1998
82% Elizabeth Alvaro de la Quadra 1998
No Score Yet What Rats Won't Do Actor 1998
No Score Yet Red Meat Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Mill on the Floss Philip Wakem 1997
No Score Yet Rasputin Prince Felix Yussoupov 1996
No Score Yet Red Meat Victor 1996
No Score Yet Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe Robert 1996
38% An Awfully Big Adventure John Harbour 1995
No Score Yet Loch Ness Adrian Foote 1995
No Score Yet Nothing Personal Kenny 1995
97% Shadowlands Peter Whistler 1993


78% True Detective
Kevin Burris
  • 2019
  • 2015
  • 2014
82% Star Trek: Discovery
  • 2018
  • 2017
82% Gotham
Theo Galavan
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
39% Intruders
Richard Shepherd
  • 2014
46% Reckless
Stanford Ashby
  • 2014
80% The White Queen
Lord Warwick
  • 2013
89% Grimm
Eric Renard
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Mentalist
Terry Murphy
  • 2012
88% Burn Notice
James Forte
  • 2011
41% The Cape
Peter Fleming Peter Fleming/Chess
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Jeffrey Hughes
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
Richard Ellison
  • 2010
92% Leverage
  • 2010
0% Miami Medical
  • 2010
69% True Blood
Franklin Mott
  • 2010
81% FlashForward
Gordon Myhill
  • 2010
  • 2009
57% Californication
  • 2009
80% Grey's Anatomy
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Martin Gold
  • 2009
79% Lie to Me
  • 2009
69% The Tudors
Tomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex Thomas Cromwell
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • 2008
No Score Yet Numb3rs
Allister McClair
  • 2007
  • 2006
100% Invasion
Eli Szura
  • 2006
87% 24
Paul Raines
  • 2005
No Score Yet Medium
David Calley
  • 2005
No Score Yet Threshold
Rev. Lavory
  • 2005
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Philip Wakem
  • 1997
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone