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Jason Isaacs

Real name: Jason Isaacs
Birthdate: June 6, 1963
Status: Married
Partner: Emma Hewitt

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Jason Isaacs (born 6 June 1963) is a British actor. Raised in Liverpool and later in London, he fell accidentally into acting during his first year at university, and went on to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Initially known as a TV actor in the UK, his biggest international film break was being selected to portray the villain, Colonel William Tavington, opposite Mel Gibson in the Revolutionary War epic The Patriot (2000). Other notable roles include Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter (2002 – present) series of films, Captain Hook/Mr. Darling in P. J. Hogan's adaptation of Peter Pan (2003), and Michael Caffee in the TV series Brotherhood (2006 – present).

Isaacs has performed on the stage in the UK on numerous occasions. He appeared in the Royal National Theatre's 1993 staging of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America as Louis Ironson, and more recently in Harold Pinter's play The Dumb Waiter in 2007 as Ben.

Isaacs had initially planned on a career in law, following his more traditionally-inclined brothers who became a doctor, lawyer, and accountant. He therefore started reading law at Bristol University in 1982. Feeling uneasy among peers "who all sounded like Hugh Grant", he fell rather accidentally into acting in the first year of his law studies, stumbling drunkenly into an audition for a part with "Northern accent required". Cast in a play entitled Idle Hands, he ended up dancing naked, covered in chicken's blood – the first of many uncomfortable evenings in the theatre for his parents (in his second, The Glory of Love, he was castrated with a cheese-wire). Although he first became interested in acting in part because "it was a great way to meet girls", Jason soon found an addiction to and a deeper meaning in the theatre (in one interview he was quoted as saying "I could release myself into acting in a way that I was not released socially"). He finished his degree while running Bristol's extra-curricular drama society, acting in or directing 30 or so plays, spending three summers at the Edinburgh Festival, two Easters at the National Student Drama Festival and a Christmas run at The King's Head Theatre in Islington. From 1985 he studied for a further three years at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1988 with an agent, a day's work on The Tall Guy (1989) and a girlfriend, Emma Hewitt, who was to become his partner.

In a 26 November 2006 article published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Isaacs was voted by the author as one of the 13 "Sexiest Men Who Are Real and Alive", while Lucius Malfoy, the character he portrayed in the Harry Potter films, was named as one of the 12 "Sexiest Men Who Were Never Alive".

Isaacs and his partner, BBC documentary filmmaker Emma Hewitt, have two daughters: Lily (born 23 March 2002) and Ruby (26 August 2005). Isaacs and Hewitt are not married, but call each other husband and wife as "otherwise people get rather peculiar. It seems a bit weird to call someone your girlfriend when you have a child." Isaacs has proposed to Hewitt and she has accepted, but each time they think about arranging a wedding he gets involved in another project. Isaacs has quipped that he and Hewitt will probably get married when Lily comes back from school and says: "You two have to get married, you're really embarrassing me." The family currently resides in London.



 


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