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Isaacs in 2014
Jason Michael Isaacs

(1963-06-06) 6 June 1963 (age 57)
Liverpool, England
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
Central School of Speech and Drama
Years active1988–present
Emma Hewitt
(m. 2001)

Jason Michael Isaacs (born 6 June 1963) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series (2002–2011), Col. Tavington in The Patriot (2000), Capt. Hook in Peter Pan (2003), criminal Michael Caffee in the Showtime crime drama series Brotherhood (2006–2008), Captain Waggoner in Fury (2014), Marshal Georgy Zhukov in The Death of Stalin (2017), and Vasili in Hotel Mumbai (2018). His other film roles include Divorcing Jack (1998), The End of the Affair (1999), Sweet November (2001), The Tuxedo (2002), Nine Lives (2005), Friends with Money (2006), Good (2008), Green Zone (2010), Abduction (2011), A Single Shot (2013), After the Fall (2014), A Cure for Wellness (2016), Skyfire (2019), and Scoob! (2020).

Isaacs' roles in television have included Dr. Hunter Aloysius "Hap" Percy in the Netflix supernatural mystery drama streaming series The OA, Captain Gabriel Lorca in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, the voice of the Inquisitor (as well as the Sentinel) in Star Wars Rebels and the voice of Adm. Zhao in the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender and reprised the role in The Legend of Korra. His other roles on television include Capital City (1989–1990), Dangerous Lady (1995), The Fix (1997), Awake (2012), Rosemary's Baby (2014), Dig (2015), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) and Robot Chicken (2018-19). He was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for Brotherhood and won the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for Case Histories (2011-2013). He was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for The State Within (2006) and for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Harry H. Corbett in The Curse of Steptoe (2008).

Isaacs' stage works include Mr. L. Ironson in Declan Donnellan's 1992 and 1993 Royal National Theatre premieres of Parts One (Millennium Approaches) and Two (Perestroika) of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,[1] and as hitman Ben in a 50th-anniversary revival of Harold Pinter's 1957 play The Dumb Waiter at Trafalgar Studios in the West End.[2][3][4]

He was credited as Jason Lorca in just one episode of the fan-made science fiction web series Star Trek Continues, when he provided the voice of Esper (or simply ESPer).

Early life[edit]

Isaacs was born in Liverpool on 6 June 1963, the third of four sons born to Jewish parents.[5] His father was a jeweller.[6] He spent his earliest childhood years in the Liverpool suburb of Childwall, in an "insular and closely knit" Jewish community co-founded by his Eastern European great-grandparents.[7] Isaacs has stated that Judaism played a big role in his childhood, as he attended youth club in the local synagogue and a Jewish school (known then as King David High School), as well as a cheder twice a week as a young adult.[8][9][10] When Isaacs was 11, he moved with his family to London and attended The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Elstree, Hertfordshire, where he was in the same year as the future film critic Mark Kermode.[8] He describes the bullying and intolerance he observed during his childhood as "preparation" for portraying the "unattractive" villains/bad guys he has most often played.[2][11]

As a Jewish teenager in London, Isaacs endured marked antisemitism by members and supporters of the far right extremist organisation, the National Front. His parents eventually emigrated to Israel.[8] In an interview, he stated, "There were constantly people beating us up or smashing windows. If you were ever, say, on a Jewish holiday, identifiably Jewish, there was lots of violence around. But particularly when I was 16, in 1979, the National Front were really taking hold, there were leaflets at school, and Sieg Heiling and people goose-stepping down the road and coming after us."[6] Following in the footsteps of his brothers (one who became a doctor, one a lawyer, and one an accountant),[5] Isaacs studied law at Bristol University (1982–1985), but became more actively involved in the drama society, eventually acting in over 30 plays and performing each summer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, first with Bristol University and then twice with the National Student Theatre Company. After graduating from Bristol, he went immediately to train at London's Central School of Speech and Drama (1985–1988).[2][5][12]


Isaacs in 2005

After successfully completing his training as an actor, Isaacs almost immediately began appearing on the stage and on television; his film debut was in a minor role as a doctor in Mel Smith's The Tall Guy (1989).[12] He was initially known as a television actor in the United Kingdom, with starring roles in the ITV drama Capital City (1989) and the BBC drama Civvies (1992) and guest roles in series such as Taggart, Inspector Morse, and Highlander: The Series (1993).[12] He also played Michael Ryan in ITV's adaptation of Martina Cole's novel Dangerous Lady, directed by Jack Woods and produced by Lavinia Warner in 1995.[13]

On stage, he portrayed the "emotionally waffling"[12] gay Jewish office temp Louis Ironson in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-Prize-winning Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, at the Royal National Theatre, in its London première, performing the role in both parts, Part One: Millennium Approaches, in 1992, and Part Two: Perestroika, in 1993.[1] When auditioning for that role, he told the producers, "Look, I play all these tough guys and thugs and strong, complex characters. In real life, I am a cringing, neurotic Jewish mess. Can't I for once play that on stage?"[9]

His first major Hollywood feature-film role was alongside Laurence Fishburne in the horror film Event Horizon (1997) where he played the role of D.J. the Medical Doctor of Lewis and Clark. Subsequently, he appeared in the Bruce Willis blockbuster Armageddon (1998), which kick-started his career.[12] Initially called upon to take a fairly substantial role, Isaacs 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 David Thewlis.[5]

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 (1999), Isaacs played the charismatic honourable priest opposite Kirstie Alley in the miniseries The Last Don. He then shone as "memorable" villain, Colonel William Tavington, in Roland Emmerich's American Revolutionary War fictional film epic The Patriot (2000).[12] Starring opposite Mel Gibson as the film's hero, and Heath Ledger as Gibson's screen son, Isaacs portrays a sadistic British Army officer who kills Ledger's character, among many other soldiers.[12][14] Although his work in the film earned him comparisons to Ralph Fiennes' portrayal of Nazi Amon Göth in Schindler's List (1993) and mention of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, reaching beyond being typecast as an historical villain, Isaacs chose to play a drag queen in his next project, Sweet November (2001), a romantic comedy-drama.[5]

Isaacs has appeared in many other films, most notably as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series of films (2002–2011). Regarding the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, Isaacs has said: "I went off and read the books after the audition and I read the first 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 were slightly backward, had been so addicted to these children's books. They're like crack" (from an interview in 2009 on ITV's The Justin Lee Collins Show).[15] In "The Naked and the Dead", an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle, on 26 November 2006, Neva Chonin names the character Lucius Malfoy one of the 12 "Sexiest Men Who Were Never Alive" and Isaacs one of the 13 "Sexiest Men Who Are Real and Alive".[16]

Prior to the making of the film, when asked whether or not he would be in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Isaacs replied, "I hope so – you'll have to ask David (producer David Heyman). I can't bear the idea that somebody else would get to wear my Paris Hilton wig, but you never know."[17] Isaacs also talked to Rowling on the inclusion of Lucius Malfoy in the then unpublished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so that he would have a part in the seventh and final film: "The character does not appear in the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; but ... [Isaacs joked], 'I fell to my knees and begged ... It didn't do any good. I'm sure she doesn't need plot ideas from me. But I made my point. We'll see. Like everybody else, I'm holding my breath to July to see what's in there. I just want to bust out of prison, that's all. I don't want to stay in Azkaban most of my life.' "[18] Ultimately Isaacs did reprise the role of Malfoy as a cameo appearance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), where he is seen in a moving portrait. Afterwards, Isaacs reprised the role again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011).[19]

Isaacs appeared in Dragonheart (1996), Event Horizon (1997), Black Hawk Down (2001), Jackie Chan's The Tuxedo (2002), as George Darling and Captain Hook in P. J. Hogan's adaptation of Peter Pan (2003), and as the voice of Admiral Zhao in the first season of the animated Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005). He played the leading role of Sir Mark Brydon, the British Ambassador to the United States, in the BBC Four miniseries The State Within (2006), for which he was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for the 65th Golden Globe Awards.[20][21] On British television, he also portrayed actor Harry H. Corbett in The Curse of Steptoe, part of "a season of new one-off dramas for BBC Four revealing the stories behind some of Britain's best loved television entertainers, and their achievements," first broadcast in March 2008.[22][23] On American television, Isaacs appeared in three episodes of The West Wing in 2004, prior to developing his most notable TV serial role, as Michael Caffee in Brotherhood (2006–08).

Between 2 February and 24 March 2007, Isaacs played Ben, opposite Lee Evans (Gus), in the critically acclaimed 50th-anniversary production of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, at Trafalgar Studios, in London, his first theatre performance since appearing in The Force of Change (2000).[2][3][4][24][25]

Isaacs played Major Briggs, an American military officer, opposite Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear, in Paul Greengrass's thriller Green Zone (2010), a fictionalised drama set in Iraq after the defeat of Saddam Hussein based on the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad's Green Zone (2006), by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, for which production began in Morocco, in January 2008.[26][27]

In 2007, he was originally cast in Jan de Bont's then-still-upcoming film Stopping Power, to play its star John Cusack's "nemesis",[28][29] but, on 31 August 2007, Variety reported that the film, which was also planned for release in 2009, had been cancelled after a financial backer pulled out.[30] Isaacs appeared in one episode of the TV show Entourage in the autumn of 2008 as Fredrick Line. In 2009, he was nominated at the British Academy Television Awards for Best Actor for his role as Harry H. Corbett in The Curse of Steptoe.[31]

On the evening of 2 May 2009, Isaacs performed the role of Ben again, opposite his Brotherhood co-star (and Tony Award winner) Brían F. O'Byrne (as Gus), in a "rehearsed reading" of The Dumb Waiter.[citation needed] Their reading capped off the Harold Pinter Memorial Celebration being curated by Harry Burton (who had directed him and Evans at Trafalgar Studios). This tribute to Harold Pinter co-sponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC), of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY), was part of the Fifth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, held in New York City, from 27 April to 3 May 2009.[32][33] He provided the voice of Ra's al Ghul in the DC animated film, Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010), and also the voice of Sinestro in the DC animated film Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011). In 2011, he starred as Jackson Brodie in a BBC adaptation of Kate Atkinson's Case Histories. For his portrayal of the detective, Isaacs won a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television.

Isaacs starred as Detective Michael Britten in the NBC police procedural fantasy drama series Awake, which premiered on 1 March 2012, and ended in May 2012. After Britten gets into a terrible car wreck with his family, his dreams begin to take on two alternate realities, one in which his wife died in the crash and one in which his son died. Says Isaacs about the ambitious premise: "There's no question it's challenging. We've got a bunch of very experienced writers who have written things from HBO shows to The X-Files, to 24 and everything in between. And they are challenged. All of them have said that it's the hardest job that they've ever had. But sometimes that's a good thing. If it comes easily, that they could write in their sleep, I personally wouldn't want to act – and I think the audience wouldn't want to watch."[34]

In 2015, Isaacs took the lead role in the USA Network action adventure drama series Dig. Isaacs plays an FBI agent {which was named Peter Connelly) stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a 2,000-year-old conspiracy while investigating an archaeologist's murder. The ten-episode series premiered 5 March 2015. In February 2016, he starred in Medusa's Ankles, a film directed by Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright. In December 2016, he appeared in the Netflix series The OA as Dr. Hunter Aloysius "Hap" Percy.[35]

It was announced in March 2017 that Isaacs would play the role of Captain Gabriel Lorca in the new CBS All Access (or Paramount+) series Star Trek: Discovery.[36][37] The series premiered on 24 September 2017. Isaacs made his first appearance as Lorca on 1 October 2017 in the third episode, "Context Is for Kings".[citation needed] Lorca was exposed as his 'mirror universe' self in episode 13, "What's Past Is Prologue", in which the character was killed.[38] In January 2019, showrunner Alex Kurtzman teased the possible return of Isaacs as 'Prime universe' Lorca at some point beyond season two.[39] Isaacs also voices the character for the 2019 role-playing game Star Trek Online: Rise of Discovery.[40]

In September 2017, Isaacs played Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov in The Death of Stalin, a political satire film directed by Armando Ianucci.

Isaacs also played the role of Dan in the 2018 psychological thriller, Look Away, starring Mira Sorvino and India Eisley.[41] He also played the roles of Vasili in the action thriller Hotel Mumbai and Mark Asprey in the mystery thriller London Fields respectively.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, Isaacs also voiced various characters Such as the Slenderman, Aliser Thorne, Slinky and Jack the Donkey in the stop motion sketch comedy TV series Robot Chicken.

In 2019, Isaacs provided the voice of Skekso, the Emperor in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and in 2020, voiced Dick Dastardly in the Scooby-Doo film Scoob!.

In November 2019, it was announced that Isaacs will appear beside Jim Broadbent in the film The Dead Spit of Kelly.[42] In March 2020, Isaacs will play in the lead role of Dr. Paul "Griff" Griffith in the CBS drama pilot Good Sam.[43]

Isaacs is involved with a number of charities and in July 2020, announced that he had become patron of the Veterans charity Bravehound.[44][45]

In 2021, Isaacs played Carl in Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets, Jay in the drama film Mass and Ralph in the forthcoming biographical film Creation Stories. He also voiced King Arthur Pendragon, Winston Pilkingstonshire and Thundarr the Barbarian in the Direct-to-DVD animated comedy film Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob.

Personal life[edit]

Isaacs began living with his partner, BBC documentary filmmaker Emma Hewitt, in 1987.[46] They started dating at the Central School and were married in 2001.[47] They have two daughters, Ruby (b. 2002) and Lily (b. 2005).[11]

Isaacs describes himself as a "Jewish man who does almost nothing Jewish in his life"[48] and feels "profoundly Jewish, but not in a religious way".[11] He has spoken of travelling unrecognised to film premières on the London Underground, saying, "They just think, who's that t*** in black tie? As soon as I get on the red carpet they start screaming and screaming."[2]

On 4 August 2020 Isaacs revealed that he had battled a "decades-long love affair with drugs". He spoke of how a bartender had slipped a 12-year-old Isaacs and his friends a bottle of Southern Comfort, which they proceeded to get blackout drunk on. He said "The next morning, I woke up with a splitting headache, stinking of puke with a huge scab and the memory of having utterly shamed myself. All I could think was… I cannot f------ wait to do that again. Why? I’ve no idea. Genes? Nurture? Star sign? I just know I chased the sheer ecstatic joy I felt that night for another 20 years with increasingly dire consequences." Eventually, Isaacs realized he needed help and achieved sobriety, but asked fans not to congratulate him on his efforts, writing on Twitter "Please don't anyone congratulate me or tell me they're proud of me. I am and was useless by myself. Pride's the worst part. If you feel the desperate need to click, retweet it to let other people know there's a solution out there."[49][50]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Tall Guy Doctor 2
1994 Shopping Market Trader
1994 Solitaire for 2 Harry
1996 Dragonheart Lord Felton
1996 Guardians Jim Reed
1997 Event Horizon D.J.
1998 Armageddon Dr. Ronald Quincy
1998 Divorcing Jack Cow Pat Keegan
1998 All for Love Alain de Keroual de Saint-Yves
1998 Soldier Colonel Mekum
1999 The End of the Affair Fr. Richard Smythe
2000 The Art of War Himself Video documentary short
2000 The Patriot Colonel William Tavington
2001 Sweet November Chaz Watley
2001 The Tag Robert Short film
2001 The Last Minute Dave "Percy" Sledge
2001 Hotel Australian Actor
2001 Black Hawk Down Captain Michael D. Steele
2002 Resident Evil Dr. William Birkin / Narrator Uncredited
2002 Windtalkers Major Mellitz
2002 Passionada Charles Beck
2002 High Times' Potluck Arneau
2002 The Tuxedo Clark Devlin
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Lucius Malfoy and the Basilisk Voice
2003 Peter Pan George Darling / Captain Hook
2004 Crash (the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of)
2004 Battle of the Brave General James Wolfe
2005 Riding with Sugar Short film
2005 Elektra DeMarco Uncredited
2005 Nine Lives Damian
2005 The Chumscrubber Mr. Parker
2005 Tennis, Anyone...? Johnny Green
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Lucius Malfoy
2005 Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (special thanks)
2006 Friends with Money David
2007 Grindhouse Bearded Man Uncredited
Segment: "Don't"
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Lucius Malfoy
2008 The Escorial Conspiracy Antonio Pérez
2008 Good Maurice Israel Glückstein Also executive producer
2008 The Rain Horse John Short film
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Lucius Malfoy Uncredited
2010 Skeletons The Colonel
2010 Green Zone Maj. Briggs
2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood Ra's al Ghul Voice
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Lucius Malfoy
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Sinestro Voice
2011 Cars 2 Siddeley & Leland Turbo Voice
2011 Commerce Short film, (very special thanks)
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Lucius Malfoy
2011 Abduction Kevin Harper
2011 The Great Ghost Rescue Narrator Voice
2013 Sweetwater Prophet Josiah
2013 A Single Shot Waylon
2014 After the Fall Frank McTiernan
2014 Dawn Dawson
2014 Rio, I Love You O Gringo Segment: "Texas"
2014 Fury Captain Waggoner
2015 Stockholm, Pennsylvania Benjamin McKay
2015 Field of Lost Shoes John C. Breckinridge
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Lex Luthor / Metron Voice
2015 Lithgow Saint Lithgow Saint Short film
2016 The Infiltrator Mark Jackowski
2016 A Cure for Wellness Dr. Heinreich Volmer / Baron von Reichmerl
2016 Red Dog: True Blue Michael Carter
2017 The Bard Short film, (hello to)
2017 Monster Family Dracula Voice
2017 The Death of Stalin Georgy Zhukov
2017 And the Winner Isn't Documentary, (Nik would like to thank)
2018 Medusa's Ankles Lucian Short film
2018 Hotel Mumbai Vasili
2018 London Fields Mark Asprey
2018 Look Away Dan
2019 Koko: A Red Dog Story Narrator Voice
2019 Skyfire Jack Harris
2020 Superman: Red Son Superman Voice
2020 Scoob! Dick Dastardly Voice
2020 Indigo Indigo Short film
2020 Occupation: Rainfall Steve Voice[51]
2021 Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets Carl
2021 Mass Jay [52]
2021 Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob King Arthur Pendragon, Winston Pilkingstonshire, Thundarr Voice
2021 Creation Stories Ralph
2021 Cera John Short film
2021 Mind-set Nick Reynolds Post-production
TBA Spinning Gold Al Bogart Post-production
TBA Operation Mincemeat John Godfrey Completed[53]
TBA The Dead Spit of Kelly Pre-production
TBA Streamline Rob Bush Post-production
TBA Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men Indigo Post-production
TBA Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris Archie Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 This Is David Lander French Doctor 1 episode
1989 A Quiet Conspiracy Jean-Marc Sammarty[citation needed] 2 episodes
1989–90 Capital City Chas Ewell 24 episodes
1990 TECX Edward Latham[citation needed]
1991 Ashenden Andrew Lehman 3 episodes
1991 Eye Contact Michael[citation needed]
1992 The Bill Doctor McManus Episode: "Fair Play"
1992 Taggart Eric Barr / John Barr Episode: "Double Exposure"
1992 Inspector Morse Dr. Desmond Collier Episode: "Cherubim and Seraphim"
1992 Civvies Frank Dillon 6 episodes
1993 Highlander: The Series Immortal Zachary Blaine Episode: "The Lady and the Tiger"
1994 The Heroic Legend of Arslan Lajendra[54] Voice
English dub
1 episode
1995 Boon Mike Puckett Episode: "Thieves Like Us"
1995 A Relative Stranger Peter Fairman
1995 Dangerous Lady Michael Ryan Miniseries
1995 Loved Up Dez 2 TV film
1996 Guardians Jim Reid[citation needed] TV film
1996 Burn Your Phone The Killer[citation needed] TV film
1997 The Fix Tony Kay TV film
1998 The Last Don II Father Luca Tonarini 2 episodes
2000 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Himself TV special documentary
2004 The West Wing Colin Ayres 3 episodes
2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender Commander Zhao / Admiral Zhao Voice
8 episodes
2006 Scars Chris TV film
2006 The State Within Sir Mark Brydon, British Ambassador to the United States Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2006–2008 Brotherhood Michael Caffee 29 episodes, Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Drama
2008 The Curse of Steptoe Harry H. Corbett Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2008 Entourage Fredrick Line Episode: "No.5.7 Gotta Look Up to Get Down"
2011–2013 Case Histories Jackson Brodie 9 episodes, Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Also producer of this series
2012 Awake Michael Britten 13 episodes, Also producer of this series
2012 Kendra Jeffrey 2 episodes
2013 The Legend of Korra Commander Zhao Voice
Episode: "Darkness Falls"
2014 Rosemary's Baby Roman Castavet Miniseries
2014–2018 Star Wars Rebels The Inquisitor, Sentinel Voice[55]
11 episodes
BTVA Award for Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role – Action/Drama[56]
2015 Dig Peter Connelly 10 episodes
2016–2019 The OA Dr. Hunter Aloysius "Hap" Percy / Himself 14 episodes
2017 Star Trek Continues Esper Voice
Episode: "To Boldly Go: Part II"
Credited as Jason Lorca
2017–2018 Star Trek: Discovery Captain Gabriel Lorca 15 episodes
Empire Award for Best TV Actor[57]
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on a Television Series[58]
2017–2018 After Trek Himself 3 episodes
2018-2019 Robot Chicken Alliser Thorne / Slenderman / Slinky / Jack the Donkey Voice
2 episodes
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance The Emperor Voice
10 episodes
2020 Castlevania The Judge Voice
10 episodes
2020 Line of Duty: Sport Relief Special DC Taylor TV short
2021 Sex Education Peter Groff
TBA Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster 3 episodes, Completed
TBA Good Sam Dr. Paul "Griff" Griffith[53] Pre-production

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Beneath a Steel Sky Ken Voice, uncredited
1995 Guilty Character Voices
2002 Reign of Fire Cast
2004 Future Tactics: The Uprising Voice Artist
2005 Spartan: Total Warrior Lucius Aelius Sejanus Voice
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Zhao Voice, PC or Windows Version only
2009 Napoleon: Total War[59] Story Teller Voice, Grouped under "English Voice Cast"
2010 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Satan Voice, Also the 2013 Ultimate Edition of the game
2011 El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Lucifel Voice
2014 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Satan Voice
2016 Hitman Reza Zaydan Voice, episode 3 only
2017 Pinball FX 3 The Grand Inquisitor Voice, Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels
2018 Hitman 2 Reza Zaydan Legacy Pack, archive audio
2019 Star Trek Online: Rise of Discovery Capt. Gabriel Lorca Voice[40]
2021 Hitman 3 Reza Zaydan Archive audio


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Black and White Minstrels Cyril The King's Head Theatre, London
1992–1993 Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes[1] Mr. L. Ironson Royal National Theatre, London
1996 1953[60] Benito Mussolini Almeida Theatre, London
2000 The Force of Change[61] Mark Royal Court Theatre, London
2007 The Dumb Waiter[25] Ben the Hitman Trafalgar Studios, London
2017 Dead Poets Live: Byron & Shelley[62] George Gordon Lord Byron Print Room at The Coronet, London


  • Peter Pan - (performer: "When I Was a Lad", "Toora Loora Lo (Hook's Harpsichord Song)")


Additional Crew[edit]

  • The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down' (Video documentary 2002) (documentary footage)

Podcasts and radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 The West Wing Weekly Himself Episode: "5.21: Gaza"
2020 The Adventures of Superman[63] Mr. Wolf DC FanDome; Episode 4


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