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James D'Arcy

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Occupation  Actor
Height  1.91 m
Years active  1996–present
Upcoming movie  The Snowman
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Full Name  Simon Richard D'Arcy
Born  24 August 1975 (age 41) (1975-08-24) Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England
Alma mater  London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Parents  Richard D'Arcy, Caroline D'Arcy
Movies and TV shows  Agent Carter, Cloud Atlas, Master and Commander: The Far S, Let's Be Cops, Jupiter Ascending
Similar  James Dean, Hayley Atwell, James Franco, Tom Tykwer, Chad Michael Murray

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James D'Arcy (born Simon Richard D'Arcy; 24 August 1975) is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Howard Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis, in the Marvel Entertainment and ABC series, Agent Carter, and murder suspect Lee Ashworth in the second series of the ITV series Broadchurch.


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Early life

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James D'Arcy was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, on 24 August 1975, and was raised in Fulham, London with his younger sister, Charlotte, by their mother, Caroline (a nurse). His father died when he was young. He has family in Ireland, England and Scotland. Most English relatives are based around the Midlands. After completing his education at Christ's Hospital in 1991, he 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 the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, completing a BA in Acting in 1995.

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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, he said, "It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realized I'd become an actor."


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His first appearances on television were small roles on the television series Silent Witness (1996) and Dalziel and Pascoe (1996), followed by roles in television films 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 miniseries The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In 1999, he acted in the World War I drama The Trench as well as having a small role in the comedy Guest House Paradiso.

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From 2001 to the present, 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) and Revelation (2001, Jake Martel). In 2002, he portrayed a young Sherlock Holmes in the television film Sherlock: Case of Evil. In 2003, he played the role of Barnaby Caspian in the film Dot the I, and the character Jim Caddon on the series P.O.W. He also gained wider recognition when he portrayed Lt. Tom Pullings in Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

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He played in horror films 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 Agatha Christie's Poirot episode The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005), as Jerry Burton in Agatha Christie's 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 (2007).

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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. He played the role of Duncan Atwood in Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

In 2011, he played the role of King Edward VIII in W.E., the second film directed by Madonna. In 2012, he played Rufus Sixsmith (young and old) in addition to two other minor roles in the independent film Cloud Atlas, as well as Psycho star Anthony Perkins in Hitchcock.

In 2013, he played the role of Eric Zimit in After the Dark (other title: The Philosophers). He plays a brilliant philosophy professor who does an extensive thought experiment on a global apocalypse with his senior students at their last day in college.

In mid-2014, he played the role of Lee Ashworth in Broadchurch series 2, suspected of the murder of the two girls which almost killed David Tennant in the search to solve the case mentioned numerous times in Broadchurch series 1. He also appeared as the main villain in the 2014 action comedy Let's Be Cops, as a malevolent L.A. crime boss.

Between January 2015 and March 2016, D'Arcy was a series regular in the ABC and Marvel television series Agent Carter, which shares continuity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the series, he played Edwin Jarvis, the loyal butler of Howard Stark.


  • Nominated for the Ian Charleson Award in 2002 (Outstanding Performance in a Classical Role) for Edward II.
  • Quotes

    There are lots of people I admire and respect - but I don’t necessarily want to be like them I’m to happy being myself
    I don’t have any expectations as an actor and being rich and famous is not my driving force
    It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realised I'd become an actor


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