Joshua Jackson

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Joshua Jackson
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Jackson at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1978-06-11) June 11, 1978 (age 41)
  • Canada
  • United States
Years active1991–present
Jodie Turner-Smith (m. 2019)
Partner(s) Diane Kruger (2006–2016)

Joshua Jackson (born June 11, 1978 [1] ) is a Canadian–American actor. He is known for his starring role as Pacey Witter in the teen drama series Dawson's Creek (1998–2003), Peter Bishop in the science fiction series Fringe (2008–2013), Cole Lockhart in the drama series The Affair (2014–18), Mickey Joseph in the drama miniseries When They See Us (2019), and Bill Richardson in the drama miniseries Little Fires Everywhere (2020).


Jackson's best known films include The Mighty Ducks film series (1992–96), Cruel Intentions (1999), The Skulls (2000), and Shutter (2008). For his performance in the Canadian independent film One Week (2008), Jackson won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Early life

Jackson was born June 11, 1978, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to parents John and Fiona. His mother is a casting director. [2] Jackson's father is from Texas; [3] and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland, having immigrated to North America in the late 1960s. [4] [5] He has a younger sister, Aisleagh, and two older half brothers, Jonathan and Lyman. [6] He was raised Catholic. [7] [8]

Jackson grew up in California until the age of 8. He moved to Vancouver with his mother and younger sister. He attended Ideal Mini School and later switched to Kitsilano Secondary School. In an interview with The New York Times , Jackson said he was kicked out of high school once because of The Jon Stewart Show : "[The show] played, at least where I grew up, at 1:30 in the morning, so I would stay up at night to watch Jon Stewart, but then I'd be too tired—or too lazy—to go to school in the morning. So I'd just take the first couple of classes off, 'cause I wanted to be fresh when I got there." [9]


Jackson started acting in a small role in the film Crooked Hearts in 1991. The next year, he played the role of Charlie in a musical version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. At this point, with the help of the play's casting director Laura Kennedy, he joined the William Morris Agency. [10] Soon after, he landed the role of Charlie (#96) in The Mighty Ducks series, playing a young and aspiring hockey player.

Joshua Jackson went on to appear as Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek , which ran on the WB network from 1998–2003, and also starred James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes. While the show was on hiatus, he appeared in several movies including Cruel Intentions (a New York yuppie adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses that also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe), The Skulls , The Safety of Objects , The Laramie Project and a short cameo in the remake of Ocean's Eleven in which he appears as himself in a poker scene with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Holly Marie Combs, among others. In 2000, he also guest-starred in Season 12 of The Simpsons , voicing the character of Jesse Grass, a "hunky environmentalist" and love interest for Lisa Simpson in the episode "Lisa the Tree Hugger". [11] He also was cast as " Beau" in the movie "Gossip" in 2000 with actors James Marsden, Kate Hudson and Norman Reedus.

Shortly after Dawson's Creek ended in 2003, Jackson played the lead role in films alongside Dennis Hopper ( Americano ), Harvey Keitel ( Shadows in the Sun ), and Donald Sutherland ( Aurora Borealis ). In 2005, Jackson moved to the UK and made his stage debut on the London West End with Patrick Stewart in David Mamet's two-man play, A Life in the Theatre . The play was a critical and popular success, and ran from February to April of that year. Jackson said that he would consider returning to the stage, to try his hand on Broadway. His next film role was in Bobby , directed by Emilio Estevez, Jackson's co-star from The Mighty Ducks . He played a lead role in Shutter , a US remake of a Thai horror film of the same name. He starred and acted as executive producer in the Canadian independent film One Week , which opened on March 6, 2009. [12] [13]

From 2008 to 2013, Jackson played the lead role of Peter Bishop in the science-fiction series Fringe , [14] created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. [15] The series appeared on the Fox TV network and was the second-highest rated new show of the 2008–2009 season after CBS's The Mentalist . BuddyTV ranked him #9 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010" list, [16] #19 in 2011 [17] and #14 in 2012. [18]

Jackson was nominated for Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film One Week . [19] He won the award on April 12, 2010. [20] He held and hosted Pacey-Con in 2010, directly across the street from the San Diego Comic-Con, sporting a bowling shirt and giving out fan fiction he wrote himself to those waiting in the Comic-Con entrance line. Footage of the event was recorded for a video, entitled 'Pacey-Con', which he was filming for Will Ferrell's Funny or Die celebrity humor website. In 2013 Jackson appeared in the IFC film Inescapable with Marisa Tomei and Alexander Siddig. [21] Jackson wrote the first story from the comic book trilogy Beyond the Fringe, titled "Peter and the Machine". [22] Jackson starred in the successful Showtime television show, The Affair , where he played Cole Lockhart, the protagonist husband of the unfaithful Alison Lockhart.

In March 2018, Jackson makes a theatrical debut in Broadway, Children of a Lesser God , where he plays James Leeds, an unconventional teacher at school for the deaf who got in a conflicted professional and romantic relationship with a former deaf student, Sarah Norman (Lauren Ridloff). The play ran through May 2018. [23]

In 2019, Jackson starred as defense attorney Mickey Joseph in the Netflix drama miniseries When They See Us . [24]

In May 2019, Jackson joined the cast of Hulu's miniseries Little Fires Everywhere based off the book by Celeste Ng. [25]

Personal life

Jackson was in a relationship with Dawson's Creek co-star Katie Holmes during the first two seasons of the show's run. Holmes claims Jackson was her first love. [26]

Jackson began dating German actress Diane Kruger in 2006. Jackson and Kruger ended their relationship in 2016, after 10 years together. [27] He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California. [28] He previously lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Dawson's Creek was filmed; and in New York, where Fringe filmed its first season. In 2009, he moved back to Vancouver for the shooting of the four following seasons before the show aired its last episode on January 18, 2013.

Jackson has been in a relationship with British model and actress Jodie Turner-Smith since 2018. They married in December 2019 and welcomed their first child in April 2020. [29]

Jackson is a fan of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team. [30] He was arrested on November 9, 2002, at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game in Raleigh, North Carolina, after a quarrel with a security guard. He was charged with assault, affray, and public intoxication and disruption, having a 0.14 blood alcohol content. [31] Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the assault charge, and Jackson agreed to attend an alcohol education program and perform 24 hours of community service in order to have the remaining charge dropped. [32]



Joshua Jackson at the premiere of Bobby, Toronto International Film Festival, 2006 Joshua Jackson at the premiere of Bobby, Toronto Film Festival 2006.jpg
Joshua Jackson at the premiere of Bobby , Toronto International Film Festival, 2006
1991 Crooked Hearts Tom (11 years)
1992 The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1993 Digger Billy
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1994 Andre Mark Baker
1995 Magic in the Water Joshua Black
1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1996 Robin of Locksley John Prince, Jr.
1997Ronnie and JulieRonnie
1997 Scream 2 Film Class Guy #1
1998The BatteryMichael PappermanShort film
1998 Apt Pupil Joey
1998 Urban Legend Damon Brooks
1999 Cruel Intentions Blaine Tuttle
1999 Muppets from Space Pacey WitterUncredited Cameo
2000 The Skulls Lucas 'Luke' McNamara
2000 Gossip Beau Edson
2001 The Safety of Objects Paul Gold
2001 Ocean's Eleven HimselfCameo
2002 The Laramie Project Matt Galloway
2002Lone Star State of MindEarl CrestAlternative title: Cowboys and Idiots
2003 I Love Your Work John Everhart
2005 Cursed Jake Taylor
2005 Racing Stripes Trenton's PrideVoice role
2005 Americano Chris McKinley
2005 Aurora Borealis Duncan Shorter
2005 The Shadow Dancer Jeremy TaylorAlternative title: Shadows in the Sun
2006 Bobby Wade Buckley
2007 Battle in Seattle Randall
2008 Shutter Benjamin Shaw
2008 Gashole HimselfDocumentary
2008 One Week Ben Tyler
2012 Lay the Favorite Jeremy
2012 Inescapable Paul
2015 Sky Detective Ruther


1991PayoffYoung MacTV movie
1996 Champs Matt MazzilliEpisodes: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and "For Art's Sake"
1996 Robin of Locksley Prince John, Jr.TV movie
1997Ronnie & JulieRonnie MonroeTV movie
1997 On the Edge of Innocence SammyTV movie
1997 The Outer Limits Devon TaylorEpisode: "Music of the Spheres"
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek Pacey Witter124 episodes
2000 The Simpsons Jesse GrassVoice; Episode: "Lisa the Tree Hugger"
2001 Cubix BrianVoice
2006Capitol LawMark ClaytonUnsold CBS TV pilot
2008–2013 Fringe Peter Bishop 96 episodes
2014–2018 The Affair Cole Lockhart43 episodes
2016 Gravity Falls Additional VoicesEpisode: "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls"
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt PurvisEpisode: "Kimmy Goes to a Hotel!"
2016 Years of Living Dangerously HimselfEpisode: "Collapse of the Oceans"
2019 When They See Us Mickey Joseph3 episodes
2020 Little Fires Everywhere Bill RichardsonTV miniseries


2016Smart PeopleBrianNew play by Lydia R. Diamond at Second Stage Theater [33]
2005A Life in The TheatreJohnDavid Mamet play with Patrick Stewart
2017Children of a Lesser GodJames LeedsRevival at Berkshire Theatre Festival with Kenny Leon [34]

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture The Mighty Ducks Nominated
1999 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Won
2000 Teen Choice Award Choice Liar in a Film The Skulls Nominated
2000 Teen Choice Award Choice TV ActorDawson's CreekWon
2000Young Hollywood AwardMale Superstar of TomorrowN/AWon
2001 Teen Choice Award Choice TV ActorDawson's CreekWon
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice TV ActorDawson's CreekNominated
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV ActorDawson's CreekNominated
2005Ft. Lauderdale International Film FestivalBest Actor Aurora Borealis Won
2006 Hollywood Film Festival Best Ensemble of the Year Bobby Won
2006 Satellite Award Best Actor – Motion Picture Aurora BorealisNominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture BobbyNominated
2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2010 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role One Week Won
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiFringeNominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiFringeNominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-FiFringeNominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television FringeNominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor The Affair Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Series ActorThe AffairNominated
2018 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Children of a Lesser God Nominated

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