James Frain

BATD ON Aug 09, 2010 AT 9:30 am

James Frain

James Frain

Everyone’s talking about British actor James Frain, also known as Franklin, the frightening new vampire on HBO’s hit show True Blood.  

The 42-year-old actor was born in Leeds, Yorkshire and grew up in Essex.  He studied at Leeds Central School of Speech and Drama, where he was discovered by Richard Attenborough, the director of Frain’s first feature film, 1993’s Shadowlands, opposite Anthony Hopkins.  Frain was nominated for Best Actor at the 1995 Venice Film Festival for his role as Kenny in Nothing Personal.  In 1998 he landed a role as the Spanish Ambassador in Elizabeth,  and in 2000 he starred in Where the Heart Is as Natalie Portman’s love interest.

James Frain on True Blood

James Frain on True Blood

He hit American television in 2005 with a guest role on season four of 24.  He also appeared in the shows The Closer and Fringe.  In 2007 he landed his role as Thomas Cromwell in Showtime’s hit series The Tudors, which stars actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but his character was killed off (blame it on history!) in 2009.   

Frain is also very involved in theatre, appearing in several productions with the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as Broadway’s The Homecoming in 2007.      

James Frain on The Tudors

James Frain on The Tudors

Currently residing in Los Angeles with his wife, Marta Cunningham, Frain has just recently joined the cast of True Blood for season three.  His character, the creepy Franklin, seduces show regular Tara, played by Rutina Wesley, and causes quite a stir for the rest of the characters in the fictional version of Bon Temps.

And good news! After True Blood, we will be seeing even more of Frain as a villain in the upcoming American superhero show, The Cape, which will air on NBC in 2011. 

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