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James Frain

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James Frain
Date of Birth
14 March 1968
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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James Frain played the role of Franklin Mott on True Blood.


The eldest of 8 children James Frain was born in Leeds, Yorkshire and raised in Essex. He received a degree in drama from the University of East Anglia and went on to graduate from London's Central School of Speech and Drama. There, he was discovered by Richard Attenborough, who directed him in Shadowlands (1993), his feature film debut. James then went on to portray several memorable roles, notably as Kenny in Nothing Personal (1995) for which he was nominated Best Actor at the 1995 Venice Film Festival, Alvaro De la Quadra in Elizabeth (1998), and Daniel Barenboim in Hilary and Jackie (1998).

He also appeared in Istvan Szabo's Sunshine (1999), Julie Taymor's Titus (1999), Where the Heart Is (2000) opposite Natalie Portman, and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002).

James with fellow actor Joe Manganiello.

He appears opposite Kate Beckinsale and Robert De Niro in Everybody's Fine (2009). He has recently been working more in US TV including "24" (2001) and "The Closer" (2005) and appears in "The Tudors" (2007) on Showtime as Thomas Cromwell. In addition to his screen work, James boasts an impressive theatrical resume, appearing in productions with the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, and on Broadway in The Homecoming (2007). He lives in Los Angeles

Selected Tv/filmographyEdit

  • The Lone Ranger (2013)
  • Grimm (2012-2013)
  • The Mentalist (2012)
  • The Cape (2011)
  • True Blood (2010)
  • The Tudors (2007-2009)


Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"

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