The Golden Globe, BAFTA, International Emmy Award and Critic's Circle Award-nominated actor Jason Isaacs began his acting career at Bristol University, where he studied Law, but found himself acting, producing, writing and directing most of the time. After graduation, he trained for three years at London's prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
In 2000, his breakout role as Colonel William Tavington in Roland Emmerich's feature film The Patriot garnered him numerous nominations, including one from the British Film Critics' Circle.
Two years later, Isaacs began his role as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He went on to reprise the role and garner global recognition in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and in the last two films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts I and II. Most recently, he was seen in the genre-bending breakout Netflix series The OA and is set to return for the second season of the hit show early 2018.
Isaacs’ extensive film credits include the war films Fury, Black Hawk Down, Green Zone, Windtalkers and Field of Lost Shoes, the fantasy films Armageddon, Event Horizon, Dragonheart, Peter Pan (2003) and The Tuxedo, and the indie hits and festival award winners Friends with Money, Skeletons, Stockholm PA, The End of the Affair, Sweetwater, Passionada, The Infiltrator, Rio I Love You, Nine Lives, Good - which he also produced - as well as Sweet November, Abduction and Soldier.
Isaacs has multiple awards and nominations for his television roles in both America and Britain, including the BAFTA “Best Actor” nomination for The Curse of Steptoe and a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” for the BBC's The State Within. Critics raved over his performances in C4’s Scars and Lynda LaPlante’s Civvies for the BBC and as Michael Caffee in three seasons of Showtime’s Peabody Award-winning series Brotherhood, for which he was nominated for a Satellite Award as “Best Leading Actor.” He later won that award for starring as Jackson Brodie in series one and two of the BBC’s Case Histories, which he also executive produced. The role also garnered him various other nominations including an International Emmy Award for “Best Leading Actor.” Case Histories also won the BAFTA Scotland Award for “Best Drama Series.”
Isaacs produced and starred as Detective Michael Britten in the NBC drama Awake and starred as an FBI agent trying to prevent the end of the world in contemporary Jerusalem in the event series Dig, from the creators of Homeland and Heroes. He also appeared in The West Wing and Entourage and, in Britain, in The Fix for Paul Greengrass, Inspector Morse directed by Danny Boyle and as identical twins in Taggart.
On stage, Isaacs created the role of Louis in the award-winning Royal National Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America and has performed to packed houses at London’s Royal Court, Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar theatre, where he also starred in a sell-out run of Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter with comedian Lee Evans.
Isaacs’ recent film roles include the thriller A Cure for Wellness directed by Gore Verbinski and Red Dog: True Blue, a sequel to the phenomenally successful Australian film. Also, Isaacs voiced The Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels, Admiral Zhao in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Siddeley in Cars 2.
Soon, Isaacs will be seen in the animated comedy Happy Family, which features the voices of Nick Frost, Catherine Tate and Emily Watson; political satire The Death of Stalin from Veep creator Armando Iannucci; YA thriller Behind the Glass from award-winning Israeli filmmaker Assaf Bernstein and Hotel Mumbai, the story of the terrorist siege of the Taj Hotel in 2008.