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Overview (2)

Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, the third of four children of Sheila and Eric Isaacs. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Eastern Europe). He studied law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. While at Bristol University, he directed and/or appeared in over 20 productions. He then attended the Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 1989.

Jason's notable roles include Col. William Tavington in The Patriot (2000), Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Mr. Darling/Captain Hook in Peter Pan (2003), and Maurice in Good (2008). In 2014, he appeared with Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal in the World War II-set film Fury (2014).

Jason is married to documentary filmmaker Emma Hewitt, with whom he has two children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: SRChambers

Spouse (1)

Emma Hewitt (1988 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently plays elegant villains

Trivia (22)

Has a daughter named Lily, born on 23 March 2002.
Was set to play Dr. William Birkin in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), but left the project.
Had an uncredited role as Dr. William Birkin (and the narrator) in Resident Evil (2002).
Has a daughter named Ruby, born August 2005, who was named by her older sister, Lily.
Shares two roles with Hans Conried. Conried appeared in the Disney animated version of Peter Pan (1953), while Isaacs appeared in the 2003 live action film. Both films followed a tradition encouraged by J.M. Barrie, and followed in most stage productions, that Mr. Darling and Captain Hook be played by the same actor. Accordingly, he and Conried played both parts in their respective films.
Longtime best friend of writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson.
In addition to doubling for Mel Gibson, Girard Swan worked as Isaacs's stand-in and photo double in The Patriot (2000).
Met his wife, Emma Hewitt, at drama school.
His parents were both from Ashkenazi Jewish families. Their ancestors emigrated from Belarus, Russia, and Poland, to England, settling mostly in Liverpool.
Speaks Spanish fluently.
Harry Potter co-star Gary Oldman is one of his favorite actors.
Ranked 54 on Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. [2009]
Has a cult following due to the weekly 'Kermode and Mayo's Film Review' on BBC, Radio Five Live, where he is regularly saluted ("Hello to Jason Isaacs!") by his former classmate and film critic Dr Mark Kermode, a practice that the fan base of this show picked up.
Is an avid comic-book fan and possessed an enormous collection of Marvel and DC titles as a child.
Good friends with Paul Greengrass.
He writes left-handed, but is otherwise right-handed.
He sings two songs (albeit briefly) in 'Peter Pan (2003)' (Isaacs was also listed for these in the closing credits; however, the songs were omitted from the movie soundtrack. Other (uncredited) movie singing performances include 'The Last Minute (2001)' (two songs), and 'Sweetwater (2013)'. On TV (BBC), Isaacs sang (uncredited) in the 2013 'Case Histories (2013)' episode, "Jackson and the Women", and in the TV-movie, 'The Curse of Steptoe (2008)'.
Has worked with two different men named "Paul Davies": Paul Davies was the Supervising Sound Editor for Isaacs's movie, 'Good (2008)'. Paul Davies was an uncredited Assistant Colourist for both 'Black Hawk Down (2001)' (in which Isaacs portrayed Capt. Mike Steele), and for 2002's 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)'--plus other "Harry Potter" movies--in which Isaacs's character, Lucius Malfoy, was introduced.
In 'Armageddon (1998)', Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) sarcastically called Dr. Ronald Quincy (Isaacs) "Mr. Wizard". Four years later, Isaacs began portraying Wizard Lucius Malfoy (in 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)'.
Isaacs has worked with Logan Lerman twice: In The Patriot (2000), where they were Col. William Tavington and William Martin, respectively; and Fury (2014), where Isaacs played Capt. Waggoner and Lerman played Norman Ellison.
Has been in at least two movies with the offspring of music legends. In 'Armageddon (1998)', Isaacs appeared alongside Liv Tyler (daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler). Lily Collins--daughter of Genesis drummer/soloist Phil Collins--starred in 2011's "Abduction", in which Isaacs appeared.
Emma Hewitt is his common law wife with whom he has lived for 20 years.

Personal Quotes (14)

[on the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling] I went off and read the books after the audition and I read all four books in one sitting - you know - didn't wash, didn't eat, drove around with them on the steering wheel like a lunatic. I suddenly understood why my friends, who I'd thought where slightly backward, had been so addicted to these children's books. They're like crack.
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.
[to the producers of the stage version of "Angels in America" while auditioning for the part of "Louis"] 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?
[on playing Harry H. Corbett in The Curse of Steptoe (2008)] This wasn't just a sitcom. It was like watching a five-act Ibsen (Henrik Ibsen) play. Corbett was making us laugh, but we were laughing at his pain and the hopelessness of his situation. Then there were the story lines ... politics, class, religion, sex. This wasn't what an early-1960s comedy was supposed to deal with. Everybody knows his Steptoe (Steptoe and Son (1962)) voice, but that was nothing like his real voice. He was actually raised in Wythenshawe. He had that peculiar northern thing of trying to make his accent posher than it was. A bit like Harold, really. So much of his real life mirrored Steptoe and I think Galton (Ray Galton) and Simpson (Alan Simpson) picked up on that. Unfortunately, typecasting was far more prevalent in those days. Harry H. Corbett was, without doubt, the finest actor in the country, but the more successful he was as Steptoe, the less work he was offered. He wanted to walk away, but he couldn't. He was very comfortably trapped. I've got mates who are in exactly the same situation. Starring in hugely successful shows, earning loads of money - but they can't stand their jobs. The country loved Harold Steptoe, but Corbett hated him. Really hated him.
[Who is your favourite person to work with from the Potter films?] That's just a horrible and impossible question! Every time I go back there's a triple pleasure: first to see how the leads have all changed and grown up some more, then to find out which legendary actor I get to play opposite (this time it was Gary Oldman) and finally to meet some new and fabulous director who would never have chosen me in any other circumstance.
[Will you marry me? (Just kidding.) I've been wondering what kind of music you like and who is your favorite artist?] Thanks for the offer Leah, but my wife might have something to say about that. I love lyrics so anything where I can hear the words is good with me. I've got Lily Allen and Paul Weller on my iPod at the moment, rubbing shoulders with Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley and the soundtrack from Little Shop of Horrors. Pretty eclectic. I like to warm my voice up in the dressing room and poor Lee, who's really musical, has to hear me murder some cheesy '70s pop through the wall. I apologize everyday, and everyday he pretends it's not killing him, which it obviously is. I also listen to a couple of singer/songwriters I came across in California quite a lot: Craig Jerris and Judith Owen because not only are they fabulous, but I can picture the people they're singing about.
[How did you find the courage and perseverance to stick with the unpredictable career of an actor?] I have neither courage nor perseverance. What I do have is luck; so when I started out I got some jobs and then, because of those I got some more and... cut to 20 years later. Although I've had some relatively lengthy periods out of work, they were mostly through choice - turning things down that I thought were rotten or that I'd be rotten in - and I've never had to think about doing something else. I never wanted to be an actor and I still don't really know why I'm doing it but I'm a bit too old to do anything else now and, anyway, it's quite enjoyable while I'm waiting for inspiration.
[I would be interested to know how you manage to stay in shape and juggle work and family commitments. Also are you still "on the wagon" smoking-wise?] I'm what they call a shape-shifter in Harry Potter-land. Staying in shape's a nightmare with two small kids because mealtimes are always at the wrong time and you have to eat whatever they don't. Add to that the late nights on film and TV sets and the continuous rolling buffet of fat and sugar on offer to keep you awake and perky and my total lack of willpower and you have a lethal combination. Luckily, the knowledge that I'm likely to have to get my kit off on screen combined with my fierce competitive nature make me run after balls regularly - on a tennis court, football pitch or chasing dogs round the dog park. I haven't smoked for a long time now - except on screen; Chris in Scars smoked nonstop and that was really hard for me: first to start and then to stop.
[Have you ever worried about being typecast as a villain?] I'm far more worried about not working. As long as I'm offered the chance to do plenty of other things as well, I'm more than happy to chew up the scenery occasionally. The only thing that's difficult is when I'm offered the chance to play a badly written villain, or a virtual repeat of something I've done before and the money's good, or the location's fabulous or, more likely, I'm sick of staying at home and getting under my wife's heels. I just try to keep myself interested and hopefully what interests me will interest an audience.
[The quintessential question, Jason darling, is: boxers or briefs?] That's for me to know and you, hopefully, to never find out. Since I never buy any clothes - I hate the process - it's most likely to be whatever I've nicked from the last job.
After The Patriot for instance, I'd been offered the same part, virtually, over and over again. But I thought The Patriot was a great version of it and I didn't take any of the stupid, badly written bad guys afterwards. I don't blame Hollywood or directors for not offering me new and different challenges all the time because they don't know what I can do. (Peter Pan director) PJ (Hogan) I'll always be grateful to because he offered me a chance to do something that I hadn't done before.
[on playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan] It was scary (fighting with Jeremy Sumpter, who played Peter Pan). He's a nutter because he always wanted to do things for real all the time. And also I had to learn to swordfight with my left hand and I'm right-handed, so you know it was very difficult for me. Took me months to get up to speed.
[In a 2013 interview in the (London) Independent, discussing antisemitism he encountered in his youth] There were constantly people beating us up or smashing windows. If you were ever, say, on a Jewish holiday, identifiably Jewish, there was lots of violence around. But particularly when I was 16, in 1979, the National Front were really taking hold, there were leaflets at school, and Sieg Heiling and people goose-stepping down the road and coming after us.

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