Date of Birth:
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Liverpool, Merceyside, England
Jason Isaacs was born on 6 June 1963 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England to Jewish parents. The
third of four children, the Isaacs immigrated to Israel shortly after Jason’s birth. It wasn’t until
Jason was 11 years old that his family moved to Northwest London. Jason actually credits his
childhood for preparing him to play the “villain” that he often portrays.
Jason discovered his love for acting at his first school, Bristol University, where he studied from
1982 until 1985. Following in the footsteps of Laurence Fishburne and the Redgraves, he
entered the Central School of Speech and Drama where he trained as an actor until 1988.
It was at University that he met his partner, Emma Hewitt. They have lived with each other
since 1988, and though the two never married, he refers to Emma as his wife. They have since
had two daughters—Lily, born 23 March 2002, and Ruby, born 26 August 2005.
His film debut came in the form of a small role in Mel Smith’s The Tall Guy (1989). Following
this project, he took part in many television, movie, and stage roles, first in London and later on
Hollywood. He refined his diverse resume, assuming roles ranging from Catholic priest to
army colonel to drag queen. His first memorable role as “villain” came in 2000 opposite Mel
Gibson in The Patriot. The role was considered somewhat of a break-out for Isaacs.
Shortly after, Isaacs auditioned for another villain — Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.
Following the audition, Isaacs began to do his research.
"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."
Isaacs received the role of Lucius for the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and
then reprised the role for the Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix, the four and fifth movies in
the series. Despite the omission of his character from the sixth book, Isaacs begged to take part
in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It has since been reported that he will make a cameo
appearance in Harry the film in a moving portrait.
Four years after his debut as Malfoy, on 26 November 2006, both Isaacs and his character were
honored in an article by the San Francisco Chronicle — Lucius Malfoy as one of the 12 Sexiest
Men Who Were Never Alive and Jason Isaacs as one of the 13 Sexiest Men Who Were Real and Alive.
Jason has received several other nominations for his work, particularly in his roles as villains.
Critics and fellow actors have especially praised Isaacs for the enthusiasm he displays for his
work. Despite his intense involvement in Hollywood, Isaacs manages to maintain a calm,
sedate lifestyle. Many people have even lovingly referred to him as “The Invisible Star.”
2001 Favorite Villain Blockbuster Entertainment Award no.
2001 British Supporting Actor London Film Critics' Award nom
2002 Best Ensemble Phoenix Film Critics Award nomination
2003 Best Ensemble Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nom
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2005 Best Ensemble Gotham Award nomination
2008 Best Actor Golden Globe Award nomination
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