Jason Isaacs Poster


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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 (5)

[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.

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