James D'Arcy

James D'Arcy is an English actor. He was born 24 August 1975 in London, England.


James D'Arcy (birth name Simon D'Arcy) was born and brought up in Fulham and fell into acting almost by accident. After completing his education at Christ's Hospital (1984-1991), D'Arcy went to Australia for a year and worked in the drama department of a school in Perth, which gave him an interest in acting. When he returned to London he applied for drama school. He did a three-year course at LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, completing a BA in Acting in 1995. During his time at LAMDA he appeared in training productions of Heracles, As You Like It, Wild Honey, The Freedom of the City and Sherlock Holmes.

On leaving drama school: "It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realised I'd become an actor."

D'Arcy still currently resides in Fulham, London. He was in a relationship with actress Lucy Punch.


His first appearances on television were small roles in the TV series Silent Witness (1996) and Dalziel and Pascoe (1996), followed by roles in TV movies such as Nicholas Hawthorne in Ruth Rendell's Bribery and Corruption (1997), Lord Cheshire in The Canterville Ghost (1997) and Jonathan Maybury in The Ice House (1997). In 1997 he furthermore played Blifil in the Mini-series The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In 1999, he acted alongside Daniel Craig in the World War I-drama The Trench as well as having a small role in the Comedy Guest House Paradiso.

From 2001 on, D’Arcy played bigger roles and leading characters in the mini-series Rebel Heart (2001, Ernie Coyne), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001, Nicholas Nickleby), with Sophia Myles and Charles Dance and Revelation (2001, Jake Martel). In 2002, he portrayed a young Sherlock Holmes in the television movie Case of Evil. In 2003, he played the role of Barnaby Caspian in the movie Dot the I alongside Gael García Bernal and Natalia Verbeke, and the character Jim Caddon in the series P.O.W (TV Series) In 2003, he also gained wider recognition when he portrayed Lt. Tom Pullings in Peter Weir 's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, opposite Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany.

He played in horror movies Exorcist: The Beginning (2004, Father Francis), An American Haunting (2005, Richard Powell) and Rise: Blood Hunter (2007, Bishop). Apart from that, he appeared on television as Derek Kettering in the Poirot episode Mystery of the Blue Train (2005), as Jerry Burton in Marple: The Moving Finger, as Tiberius Gracchus in the episode Revolution of Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2007), as Toby Clifford in Fallen Angel (2007) and as Tom Bertram in ITV's production of Mansfield Park, opposite Billie Piper, who played Rose Tyler in Doctor Who.

He has also worked for BBC radio dramas such as Thomas Hardy 's Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Bram Stoker 's Dracula and Winifred Holtby 's The Crowded Street.

On Acting:

I don't have any expectations as an actor and being rich and famous is not my driving force. I'm not really very ambitious. I'm more interested in enjoying my life and looking after my family than being hugely successful. There are lots of people I admire and respect, but I don't necessarily want to be like them. I'm too happy being myself.

The reason I wanted to be an actor is that I don't want to play me for the rest of my life and make money out of that. I'm attracted to seeing how different I can be, pushing the boat out.


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