Jason Isaacs

Mostly Credited As: Jason Isaacs
Sometimes Credited As: Jason Issacs

Birth Name: Jason Isaacs
Date Of Birth: June 06, 1963 (Age 52)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Jason Isaacs

Jason was born in his father's hometown of Liverpool on June 6, 1963. From the very beginning he had initially planned to go into law -- a white-collar profession that would have fit nicely with those of his brothers, who became a doctor, lawyer, and accountant -- but was swayed by acting early in the course of his law studies at Bristol University. Although he first became interested in acting in part because "it was a great way to meet girls," Jason soon found deeper meaning in the theater (in one interview he was quoted as saying "I could release myself into acting in a way that I was not released socially") and duly dropped out of Bristol to hone his skills at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.

Once in London, Isaacs began landing professional work almost immediately, appearing on the stage and on television. He made his big-screen debut in 1989 with a minor turn as a doctor in Mel Smith's The Tall Guy and that same year won a steady role on the TV series Capital City. Jason exhibited his versatility in several more TV series and on-stage in such productions as the Royal National Theatre's 1993 staging of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America. He also began to find more work onscreen, receiving his first nod of Hollywood recognition in his casting in the Bruce Willis blockbuster Armageddon (1998). Initially called upon to take a fairly substantial role, Jason was eventually cast in a much smaller capacity as a planet-saving scientist so that he could accommodate his commitment to Divorcing Jack (1998), a comedy thriller he was making with fellow Harry Potter alumni David Thewlis.

After portraying a priest opposite Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes in Neil Jordan's acclaimed adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair, Jason got his biggest international break to date when he was picked to portray "Colonel Tavington," the resident villain of Roland Emmerich's Revolutionary War epic The Patriot. Starring opposite Mel Gibson, who (naturally) played the film's hero, Jason made an unnervingly memorable impression as a man whose pastimes included infanticide, rape, and church-burning, emerging as one of summer 2000's most indelible screen presences. Although his work in the film earned him comparisons to Ralph Fiennes' portrayal of evil Nazi "Amon Goeth" in Schindler's List and talks of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, the actor was not content to be typecast in the historical scum mold. Thus, he logically signed on to play none other than a drag queen for his next project, Sweet November (2001), a romantic comedy-drama starring Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves.

Jason currently resides in London with his wife actress Emma Hewitt, and their daughters Lily & Ruby.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Dig (2015)As: FBI Agent Peter Connolly
Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015)As: Glen Dargon
Rosemary's Baby (2014)As: Roman Castevet
The Surgeon General (2013)As: Dr. John Sherman
Awake (2012)As: Detective Michael Britten
Kendra (2012) (2012)As: Jeffrey
Case Histories (2011)As: Jackson Brodie
Pleading Guilty (2010)As: Mack Malloy
The Curse Of Steptoe (2008)As: Harry H Corbett
Brotherhood (2006)As: Michael Caffee
The State Within (2006)As: Ambassador Mark Brydon
Soccer Aid (2006)As: Himself (England Team 2012)
The Last Don II (1998)As: Father Luca Tonarini
Capital City (1989)As: Chas Ewell
Episode Cast Credits 

Star Wars Rebels (2014) 
  Gathering Forces 01x08: (Nov/24/2014) Voiced  The Inquisitor 
  Empire Day 01x07: (Nov/17/2014) Voiced  The Inquisitor 
  Breaking Ranks 01x05: (Nov/03/2014) Voiced  The Inquisitor 
  Rise of the Old Masters 01x04: (Oct/27/2014) Voiced  The Inquisitor 

This Morning (1988) 
  May 24, 2013 25x180: (May/24/2013) As Himself 
  May 2, 2012 24x165: (May/02/2012) As Himself 
  March 8, 2010 22x128: (Mar/08/2010) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  May 17, 2013 07x190: (May/17/2013) As Himself 
  April 21, 2009 03x179: (Apr/21/2009) As Himself 

50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments (2011) 
  50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments 01x01: (Jul/27/2011) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  July 7, 2011 01x219: (Jul/07/2011) As Himself 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 15, Show 196 15x196: (Jun/16/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 13, Show 154 13x154: (Apr/16/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 10, Show 55 10x55: (Dec/01/2006) As Himself, [Interviewees]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  June 9, 2011 12x160: (Jun/09/2011) As Himself 
  June 28, 2010 11x179: (Jun/28/2010) As Himself 

GMTV (1993) 
  August 5, 2010 18x217: (Aug/05/2010) As Himself 

The 5 O'Clock Show (2010) 
  Series 1, Show 12 01x12: (Jun/15/2010) As Himself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 6, Episode 56 06x56: (Mar/29/2010) As Himself 

The Justin Lee Collins Show (2009) 
  Episode 6 01x06: (Apr/23/2009) As Himself 

Entourage (2004) 
  Gotta Look Up to Get Down 05x07: (Oct/19/2008) As Fredrick 

Richard & Judy (2001) 
  Series 7, Show 2 07x02: (Jan/30/2007) As Himself 

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) 
  The Siege of the North Part 2 01x20: (Dec/02/2005) Voiced  Zhao 
  The Siege of the North Part 1 01x19: (Dec/02/2005) Voiced  Zhao 
  The Deserter 01x16: (Oct/21/2005) Voiced  Zhao 
  The Blue Spirit 01x13: (Jun/17/2005) Voiced  Zhao 

EP Daily (1997) 
  Feel The Need For Speed 15x07: (Oct/28/2005) As Himself 

The West Wing (1999) 
  NSF Thurmont 06x01: (Oct/20/2004) As Colin Ayres 
  Memorial Day 05x22: (May/19/2004) As Colin Ayres 
  Gaza 05x21: (May/12/2004) As Colin Ayres 

The View (1997) 
  Season 7, Episode 84 07x84: (Dec/26/2003) As Himself 

V Graham Norton (2002) 
  Series 5, Show 39 05x39: (Dec/11/2003) As Himself 

Highlander (1992) 
  Lady and the Tiger 01x18: (Apr/24/1993) As Zachary Blaine 

Inspector Morse (1987) 
  Cherubim and Seraphim 06x05: (Apr/15/1992) As Dr Desmond Collier 

Taggart (1983) 
  Double Exposure 07x03: (Jan/30/1992) As Barr 

The Bill (1984) 
  Fair Play 08x06: (Jan/21/1992) As Doctor McManus 

TECX (1990) 
  Fall from Grace 02x04: (Aug/01/1990) As Edward Latham 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Awake (2012)• Producer
The Surgeon General (2013)• Producer

Episode Crew


Jason has one child, daughter Lily was born on March 23, 2002.

Jason appeared as Louis in the Royal National Theatre Production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America.

Jason is best known for his bad guy roles in The Patriot as the evil Colonel Tavington and in the Harry Potter series as the equally wicked Lucius Malfoy.

Jason made his big-screen debut in 1989 with a minor turn as a doctor in Mel Smith's The Tall Guy.

Jason is the third of four sons of a Liverpool merchant.

Jason is said to be one of the best "British Imports" America has found in the 21st century.

Jason starred in a play with Ruth Wallace titled The Glory of Love.

Jason met his first girlfriend at Bristol University.

Jason admits that he first became interested in acting because: "it was a great way to meet girls."

Jason's natural eye colour is blue.

More Trivia
Jason Isaacs Quotes
Look, I play all these tough guys and thugs and strong, complex characters. In real life, I am a cringing, neurotic Jewish mess. Can't I for once play that on stage? (-to the producers of the stage version of Angels in America)

Every time I make a plan, God laughs at me.

I imagine like most of us that I'd like obscene amounts of money but the people I met and worked with who have those obscene amounts of money and have obscene amounts of fame have awful lives. Really. I mean hideously compromised lives. And I can go anywhere. No one knows who I am. I can go on the tube and bus and wander through the streets. So I'm quite happy not to get the girl.