Jason Isaacs

Biography: Jason was born in his father's hometown of Liverpool on June 6, 1963. From the very beginning he had initially planned to go into law, a white-collar profession that would have fit nicely with those of his brothers, who became a doctor, lawyer, and accountant, but was swayed by acting early in the course of his law studies at Bristol University. Although he first became interested in acting in part because "it was a great way to meet girls," Jason soon found deeper meaning in the theater (in one interview he was quoted as saying "I could release myself into acting in a way that I was not released socially") and duly dropped out of Bristol to hone his skills at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.

Once in London, Isaacs began landing professional work almost immediately, appearing on the stage and on television. He made his big-screen debut in 1989 with a minor turn as a doctor in Mel Smith's The Tall Guy and that same year won a steady role on the TV series Capital
City. Jason exhibited his versatility in several more TV series and on-stage in such productions as the Royal National Theatre's 1993 staging of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America. He also began to find more work onscreen, receiving his first nod of Hollywood recognition in his casting in the Bruce Willis blockbuster Armageddon(1998). Initially called upon to take a fairly substantial role, Jason was eventually cast in a much smaller capacity as a planet-saving scientist so that he could accommodate his commitment to Divorcing Jack (1998), a comedy thriller he was making with fellow Harry Potter alumni David Thewlis.

After portraying a priest opposite Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes in Neil Jordan's acclaimed adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair, Jason got his biggest international break to date when he was picked to portray "Colonel Tavington," the resident villain of Roland Emmerich's Revolutionary War epic The Patriot. Starring opposite Mel Gibson, who (naturally) played the film's hero, Jason made an unnervingly memorable impression as a man whose pastimes included infanticide, rape, and church-burning, emerging as one of summer 2000's most indelible screen presences. Although his work in the film earned him comparisons to Ralph Fiennes' portrayal of evil Nazi "Amon Goeth" in Schindler's List and talks of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, the actor was not content to be typecast in the historical scum mold. Thus, he logically signed on to play none other than a drag queen for his next project, Sweet November (2001), a romantic comedy-drama starring Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves.

Jason's most recent work has been with the juggernaut Harry Potter series as the sweetly vicious Lucius Malfoy.

Jason Isaacs' Scores

Average career score: 53
Highest Metascore: 87 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Lowest Metascore: 25 Abduction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
22 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
64 Peter Pan Dec 25, 2003 Mr. Darling/Captain Hook 8.6
87 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Jul 15, 2011 Lucius Malfoy 8.1
65 The End of the Affair Dec 3, 1999 Father Richard Smythe 7.9
53 Passionada Aug 15, 2003 Charles Beck 7.9
81 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nov 18, 2005 Lucius Malfoy 7.8
27 Sweet November Feb 16, 2001 Chaz Watley 7.6
64 Fury Oct 17, 2014 Cast / Principal Cast / Captain Waggoner 7.6
65 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Nov 19, 2010 Lucius Malfoy 7.5
80 Nine Lives Oct 14, 2005 Damian 6.8
63 The Patriot Jun 28, 2000 Col. William Tavington 6.8
35 Event Horizon Aug 15, 1997 D.J. 6.8
53 A Single Shot Sep 20, 2013 Waylon / Waylon 6.3
42 Armageddon Jul 1, 1998 Ronald Quincy 6.0
57 Cars 2 Jun 24, 2011 Siddeley 5.9
68 Friends with Money Apr 7, 2006 David 5.5
30 The Tuxedo Sep 27, 2002 Clark Devlin 5.4
51 Windtalkers Jun 14, 2002 Major Mellitz 5.4
40 Good Dec 31, 2008 Executive Producer / Maurice Israel Gl├╝ckstein 5.0
38 Sweetwater Oct 11, 2013 Prophet Josiah / Prophet Josiah 5.0
25 Abduction Sep 23, 2011 Kevin 4.5
26 Field of Lost Shoes Sep 26, 2014 John C. Breckinridge 2.0
72 John Wick Oct 24, 2014 Cast / David tbd