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Isaacs, Jason Biography




biography of Isaacs, Jason

6 June 1963, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
5' 11"
Jason Isaacs is the 3rd of 4 children. He studied Law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. Whilst at Bristol University he directed and/or appeared in over 20 productions. Whilst at the Central School of Speech and Drama he met his wife Emma and graduated from there in 1989.
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-   'Emma Hewitt (I)' (qv) (1988 - present); 2 children


-   Has a daughter named Lily, born on 23 March 2002

-   Was set to play Dr. William Birkin in _Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)_ (qv), but left the project.

-   Had an uncredited role as Dr. William Birkin (and the narrator) in _Resident Evil (2002)_ (qv).

-   Has a daughter named Ruby, born August 2005.

-   Shares two roles with Hans Conreid. Conreid appeared in the Walt Disney animated version of Peter Pan, while Isaacs appeared in the 2003 live action film. Both films followed a tradition encouraged by James Barrie, and followed in most stage productions, that Mr. Darling and Captain Hook be played by the same actor. Accordingly, he and Conreid played both parts in their respective films.

-   Longtime best friend of writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson.

-   In addition to doubling for 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv), 'Girard Swan' (qv) worked as his Stand In and Photo Double on _The Patriot (2000)_ (qv).

-   Met his wife at drama school.

-   His family originates from Eastern Europe.

-   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 which the fan base of this show picked up.


-   Played the title character in "Rupa Lucian" the radio play for BBC World Service. Original play by Ad De Bont.

-   Appeared in a production of "Balm in Gilead" by 'Lanford Wilson' (qv) - Edinburgh Festival.

-   Appeared in "East" by 'Steven Berkoff' (qv) - UK tour (1999).

-   Played Ben in "The Dumb Waiter" - Trafalgar Studios, London (2007).

-   Played Cyril in "The Black & White Minstrels" by 'C.P. Taylor' (qv) - Edinburgh Festival/ King's Head Theatre, London (1992).

-   Played Mark in "The Force of Change", a new play by 'Gary Mitchell (II)' (qv) - Royal Court Theatre, London (2000)/ Los Angeles.

-   Played Vittorio in "1953" by Craig Raine - Almeida Theatre, London (1996).

-   Played Louis/ Australia in the UK premiere of "Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" - National Theatre, London (1993).


-   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.

-   "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" while auditioning for the part of "Louis".

-   This wasn't just a sitcom. It was like watching a five-act Ibsen ('Henrik Ibsen' (qv)) 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)_ (qv)) 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' (qv)) and Simpson ('Alan Simpson (I)' (qv)) picked up on that. Unfortunately, typecasting was far more prevalent in those days. 'Harry H. Corbett' (qv) 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. (On playing 'Harry H. Corbett' (qv) in _The Curse of Steptoe (2008) (TV)_ (qv))


-   "movieScope Magazine" (UK), May 2008, Vol. 2, Iss. 2, pg. 30-32, by: Piya Sinha-Roy, "Jason Isaacs' Love Affair with the Camera"

-   "The Guardian" (UK), 10 January 2008, by: Emine Saner, "'My film flopped and Hollywood didn't want to touch me'"

-   "The Independent Magazine" (UK), 3 February 2007, pg. 11, by: Liz Hoggard, "How Do I Look?: Jason Issacs"

-   "Movieline" (USA), March 2001, Vol. XII, Iss. 6, pg. 20, by: Jeffrey Epstein, "Hype: Jason Isaacs"

-   "Out" (USA), February 2001, pg. 27-28, by: Ted Gideonse, "Devil in a green dress"


-   "The Times Magazine" (UK), 26 January 2008, pg. 10, by: Alan Jackson, "I Didn't Get Where I Am Without..."

-   "Total Film" (UK), January 2004, Iss. 84, pg. 52-56, by: Ceri Thomas, "Dark Star"

-   "Movieline" (USA), November 2002, Vol. 13, Iss. 12, pg. 80-81, by: Martha Frankel, "The Most Alluring Villain"

-   "Premiere" (USA), June 2002, Vol. 15, Iss. 10, pg. 31, by: Jeffries Blackerby, "Jason Isaacs: The bad guy makes nice"


-   "Stuff" (USA), February 2002, Iss. 27, pg. 118-121, by: Rogar Erickson, "Fashio Under Fire"

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  1. Red River (2014)
  2. A Single Shot (2013)
  3. Dawn (2013/II)
  4. Sweetwater (2013/III)
  5. Abduction: The Initiation of an Action Hero (2012) (V)
  6. The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) (TV)
  7. The Abduction Application (2012) (V)
  8. The Fight for the Truth: Making Abduction (2012) (V)
  9. "Awake" (2012) {Game Day (#1.9)}
  10. "Awake" (2012) {Guilty (#1.3)}
  11. "Awake" (2012) {Kate Is Enough (#1.4)}
  12. "Awake" (2012) {Nightswimming (#1.8)}
  13. "Awake" (2012) {Oregon (#1.5)}
  14. "Awake" (2012) {Pilot (#1.1)}
  15. "Awake" (2012) {Ricky's Tacos (#1.7)}
  16. "Awake" (2012) {Say Hello to My Little Friend (#1.11)}
  17. "Awake" (2012) {Slack Water (#1.10)}
  18. "Awake" (2012) {That's Not My Penguin (#1.6)}
  19. "Awake" (2012) {The Little Guy (#1.2)}
  20. "Awake" (2012) {Turtles All the Way Down (#1.13)}
  21. "Awake" (2012) {Two Birds (#1.12)}
  22. "Kendra" (2012) {Twilight (#1.2)}
  23. "Kendra" (2012) {Versed (#1.1)}
  24. "Soccer Aid" (2006) {(#4.3)}
  25. 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments (2011) (TV)
  26. Abduction (2011/I)
  27. Cars 2 (2011)
  28. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (2011) (VG)
  29. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) (V)
  30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
  31. The Great Ghost Rescue (2011)
  32. "1st Look" (2011) {Blu-ray Release Event for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Interview with Jason Isaacs... Lucius Malfoy (#1.19)}
  33. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2011-06-09)}
  34. "Case Histories" (2011) {(#1.1)}
  35. "Case Histories" (2011) {(#1.2)}
  36. "Case Histories" (2011) {One Good Turn, Part 1 (#1.3)}
  37. "Case Histories" (2011) {One Good Turn, Part 2 (#1.4)}
  38. "Case Histories" (2011) {When Will There Be Good News> Part One (#1.5)}
  39. "Case Histories" (2011) {When Will There Be Good News> Part Two (#1.6)}
  40. "Daybreak" (2010) {(2011-07-07)}
  41. "Loose Women" (1999) {(#15.196)}
  42. "Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition" (2006) {Creative Team Behind 'Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 2' (#6.8)}
  43. "Today" (1952) {(2011-11-11)}
  44. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2011-09-21)}
  45. Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) (V)
  46. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010) (VG)
  47. Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 3: Creatures (2010) (V)
  48. Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 4: Sound and Music (2010)
  49. Green Zone (2010)
  50. Grierson 2010: The British Documentary Awards (2010) (TV)
  51. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
  52. Inside 'The Green Zone' (2010) (V)
  53. Napoleon: Total War (2010) (VG)
  54. Pleading Guilty (2010) (TV)
  55. Skeletons (2010)
  56. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2010-06-28)}
  57. "DĂ­as de cine" (1991) {(2010-11-18)}
  58. "Made in Hollywood" (2005) {(#5.19)}
  59. "Made in Hollywood" (2005) {(#6.7)}
  60. "The 5 O'Clock Show" (2010) {(#1.12)}
  61. "This Morning" (1988) {(2010-03-08)}
  62. "Time Shift" (2002) {Italian Noir: The Story of Italian Crime Fiction (#10.5)}
  63. The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2009) (TV)
  64. "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" (2001) {(#16.10)}
  65. "Loose Women" (1999) {(#13.154)}
  66. "Something for the Weekend" (2006) {(2009-04-12)}
  67. "The Justin Lee Collins Show" (2009) {(#1.6)}
  68. "The ONE Show" (2006) {(2009-04-21)}
  69. "This Morning" (1988) {(2009-02-09)}
  70. Empire Movie Awards 2008 (2008) (TV)
  71. Good (2008)
  72. La conjura de El Escorial (2008)
  73. The Curse of Steptoe (2008) (TV)
  74. The Rain Horse (2008)
  75. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2008-04-12)}
  76. "Brotherhood" (2006) {All the Interim Is Like a Phantasma (#3.7)}
  77. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Birnam Wood Comes to Dunsinane (#3.8)}
  78. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Give Me the Ocular Proof... (#3.5)}
  79. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Let Rome Into Tiber Melt (#3.3)}
  80. "Brotherhood" (2006) {The Chimes at Midnight (#3.6)}
  81. "Brotherhood" (2006) {The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth (#3.4)}
  82. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Things Badly Begun (#3.2)}
  83. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Uneasy Lies the Head (#3.1)}
  84. "Entourage" (2004) {Gotta Look Up to Get Down (#5.7)}
  85. "Richard & Judy" (2001) {(2008-02-05)}
  86. 51 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia (2007) (TV)
  87. Grindhouse (2007)
  88. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  89. The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter (2007) (TV)
  90. The Making of 'The State Within' (2007) (V)
  91. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Call Letter Blues 1:2-6 (#2.9)}
  92. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Dear Landlord 1:3-4 (#2.5)}
  93. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Down in the Flood 3:5-6 (#2.2)}
  94. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Not Dark Yet 3:5-6 (#2.4)}
  95. "Brotherhood" (2006) {One Too Many Mornings 3:4-8 (#2.1)}
  96. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Only a Pawn... 1:7-8 (#2.7)}
  97. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Shelter from the Storm 1:1-2 (#2.8)}
  98. "Brotherhood" (2006) {The Lonesome Death of... 4:7-8 (#2.3)}
  99. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Things Have Changed 1:7-8 (#2.10)}
  100. "Brotherhood" (2006) {True Love Tends to Forget 1:1-4 (#2.6)}
  101. "Cartelera" (1994) {(2007-10-27)}
  102. "Richard & Judy" (2001) {(2007-01-30)}
  103. Friends with Money (2006)
  104. He Who Must Not Be Named (2006) (V)
  105. Scars (2006/I) (TV)
  106. The Making of 'Event Horizon' (2006) (V)
  107. The Making of 'Friends with Money' (2006) (V)
  108. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Ecclesiastes 7:2 (#1.9)}
  109. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Genesis 27:29 (#1.2)}
  110. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Genesis 27:39 (#1.7)}
  111. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Job 31:5-6 (#1.8)}
  112. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Mark 8:36 (#1.1)}
  113. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Matthew 12:25 (#1.5)}
  114. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Matthew 13:57 (#1.3)}
  115. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Matthew 22:10 (#1.11)}
  116. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Matthew 5:6 (#1.4)}
  117. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Samyutta 11:10 (#1.6)}
  118. "Brotherhood" (2006) {Vivekchaudamani: 51 (#1.10)}
  119. "Loose Women" (1999) {(#10.55)}
  120. "The Bigger Picture" (2005) {(#3.8)}
  121. "The State Within" (2006) {(#1.1)}
  122. "The State Within" (2006) {(#1.2)}
  123. "The State Within" (2006) {(#1.3)}
  124. "The State Within" (2006) {(#1.4)}
  125. "The State Within" (2006) {(#1.5)}
  126. "The State Within" (2006) {(#1.6)}
  127. "This Morning" (1988) {(2006-11-08)}
  128. Elektra (2005)
  129. Happy Birthday, Peter Pan (2005) (TV)
  130. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  131. Nine Lives (2005)
  132. Spartan: Total Warrior (2005) (VG)
  133. The Chumscrubber (2005)
  134. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) {Avatar Roku: Winter Solstice, Part 2 (#1.8)}
  135. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) {The Blue Spirit (#1.13)}
  136. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) {The Deserter (#1.16)}
  137. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) {The Legend So Far}
  138. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) {The Siege of the North: Part 1 (#1.19)}
  139. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) {The Siege of the North: Part 2 (#1.20)}
  140. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) {The Southern Air Temple (#1.3)}
  141. "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005) {The Waterbending Master (#1.18)}
  142. "Planet Voice" (2004) {Planet Potter}
  143. Future Tactics: The Uprising (2004) (VG)
  144. Nouvelle-France (2004)
  145. The BAFTA TV Awards 2004 (2004) (TV)
  146. The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2004) (TV)
  147. "The West Wing" (1999) {Gaza (#5.21)}
  148. "The West Wing" (1999) {Memorial Day (#5.22)}
  149. "The West Wing" (1999) {N.S.F. Thurmont (#6.1)}
  150. BBC Special: Peter Pan (2003) (TV)
  151. Build a Scene (2003) (V)
  152. Interviews with Professors & More (2003) (V)
  153. Interviews with Students (2003) (V)
  154. ITV Special: Peter Pan (2003) (TV)
  155. Peter Pan (2003)
  156. "Richard & Judy" (2001) {(2003-12-10)}
  157. "The Bronx Bunny Show" (2003) {(#1.9)}
  158. "The View" (1997) {(2003-12-26)}
  159. "V Graham Norton" (2002) {(#5.39)}
  160. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  161. High Times Potluck (2002)
  162. Passionada (2002)
  163. Reign of Fire (2002) (VG)
  164. Resident Evil (2002)
  165. The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down' (2002) (V)
  166. The Tuxedo (2002)
  167. Windtalkers (2002)
  168. "HBO First Look" (1992) {'The Tuxedo': Tailor Made for Jackie Chan (#9.14)}
  169. "So Graham Norton" (1998) {(#5.15)}
  170. Black Hawk Down (2001)
  171. Hotel (2001)
  172. Sweet November (2001)
  173. Sweet November: From the Heart (2001) (V)
  174. The Last Minute (2001)
  175. The Tag (2001)
  176. 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV)
  177. The Art of War (2000) (V)
  178. The Patriot (2000)
  179. The Sight (2000) (TV)
  180. "HBO First Look" (1992) {The Patriot (#7.10)}
  181. Burn Your Phone (1999)
  182. The End of the Affair (1999)
  183. "The Last Don II" (1998)
  184. Armageddon (1998)
  185. Divorcing Jack (1998)
  186. Soldier (1998/I)
  187. St. Ives (1998)
  188. Event Horizon (1997)
  189. The Fix (1997) (TV)
  190. DragonHeart (1996)
  191. Guardians (1996)
  192. A Relative Stranger (1995) (TV)
  193. Loved Up (1995) (TV)
  194. Solitaire for 2 (1995)
  195. "Boon" (1986) {Thieves Like Us (#7.14)}
  196. "Dangerous Lady" (1995) {(#1.1)}
  197. "Dangerous Lady" (1995) {(#1.2)}
  198. "Dangerous Lady" (1995) {(#1.3)}
  199. "Dangerous Lady" (1995) {(#1.4)}
  200. Beneath a Steel Sky (1994) (VG)
  201. Shopping (1994)
  202. Monkey Business (1993) (V)
  203. "Highlander" (1992) {Lady and the Tiger (#1.18)}
  204. "Highlander" (1992) {The Return of Amanda (#2.7)}
  205. "Civvies" (1992) {(#1.1)}
  206. "Civvies" (1992) {(#1.2)}
  207. "Civvies" (1992) {(#1.3)}
  208. "Civvies" (1992) {(#1.4)}
  209. "Civvies" (1992) {(#1.5)}
  210. "Civvies" (1992) {(#1.6)}
  211. "Inspector Morse" (1987) {Cherubim & Seraphim (#6.5)}
  212. "Taggart" (1983) {Double Exposure (#7.3)}
  213. "Ashenden" (1991)
  214. Aruslân senki (1991)
  215. Eye Contact (1991) (TV)
  216. "Capital City" (1989) {A Wolf in Wolf's Clothing (#2.9)}
  217. "Capital City" (1989) {Ethical Investments (#2.5)}
  218. "Capital City" (1989) {Headhunting (#2.6)}
  219. "Capital City" (1989) {Shoes on the Wrong Feet (#2.4)}
  220. "Capital City" (1989) {Strange Attractors (#2.7)}
  221. "Capital City" (1989) {Strange Fruits (#2.8)}
  222. "Capital City" (1989) {Swami's in Town (#2.2)}
  223. "Capital City" (1989) {The Gnome from Zurich (#2.3)}
  224. "Capital City" (1989) {The Wedding (#2.10)}
  225. "Capital City" (1989) {Toxic Waste Syndrome (#2.1)}
  226. "TECX" (1990) {Fall from Grace (#2.4)}
  227. The Tall Guy (1989)
  228. "Capital City" (1989) {Hard Drugs and Snails (#1.13)}
  229. "Capital City" (1989) {Insider Trading (#1.2)}
  230. "Capital City" (1989) {Japanese Fund (#1.9)}
  231. "Capital City" (1989) {Max in Poland (#1.12)}
  232. "Capital City" (1989) {Max in Space (#1.10)}
  233. "Capital City" (1989) {Max in Trouble (#1.4)}
  234. "Capital City" (1989) {Newspaper Story (#1.6)}
  235. "Capital City" (1989) {Pension Fund (#1.5)}
  236. "Capital City" (1989) {Rainforest (#1.7)}
  237. "Capital City" (1989) {Second Quarter Figures (#1.1)}
  238. "Capital City" (1989) {Takeover (#1.8)}
  239. "Capital City" (1989) {Thanksgiving (#1.3)}
  240. "Capital City" (1989) {Twelve Degrees Capricorn (#1.11)}
  241. "This Is David Lander" (1988) {A Growing Crisis (#1.3)}

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