Joshua Jackson
Jackson in 2010
Joshua Carter Jackson

(1978-06-11) June 11, 1978 (age 45)
  • Canada
  • United States
  • Ireland
Years active1991–present
(m. 2019)

Joshua Carter Jackson (born June 11, 1978)[1] is a Canadian actor. He is known for his portrayals of Pacey Witter on The WB's teen drama Dawson's Creek (1998–2003), Peter Bishop in the Fox science fiction series Fringe (2008–2013), Cole Lockhart on Showtime's The Affair (2014–2018), Dan Gallagher in the Paramount+ series Fatal Attraction, and Dr. Christopher Duntsch in the Peacock crime drama series Dr. Death (2021). For the latter, he was nominated for the 2022 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Limited Series. His other credits include When They See Us (2019), and Little Fires Everywhere (2020).

Outside of television, Jackson came to prominence playing Charlie Conway in the Mighty Ducks film series (1992–1996). His other film appearances include Apt Pupil (1998), Urban Legend (1998), Cruel Intentions (1999), The Skulls (2000), Gossip (2000), The Safety of Objects (2001), The Laramie Project (2002), Cursed (2005), Bobby (2006), and Shutter (2008). For his performance in the Canadian independent drama One Week (2008), Jackson won the 2010 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Early life

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

Jackson lived 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. He attended high school with actor Ryan Reynolds.[6] 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."[7]


Jackson at the premiere of Bobby, Toronto International Film Festival, 2006

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.[8] Soon after, he landed the role of Charlie (#96) in The Mighty Ducks series, playing a young and aspiring hockey player.

Jackson went on to appear as Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek, which was created by Kevin Williamson and ran on the WB network from 1998 to 2003, and also starred James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, and Katie Holmes.[9] While the show was on hiatus, he appeared in several movies including Cruel Intentions (an 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. 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".[10] 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 U.S. remake of 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.[11][12]

Jackson at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con

From 2008 to 2013, Jackson played the lead role of Peter Bishop in the science-fiction series Fringe,[13] created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.[14] The serieswas the second-highest rated new show of the 2008–2009 season after The Mentalist. BuddyTV ranked him #9 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010" list,[15] #19 in 2011[16] and #14 in 2012.[17]

Jackson was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film One Week.[18] He won the award on April 12, 2010.[19] He held and hosted the satirical Pacey-Con in 2010, directly across the street from the Comic-Con, sporting a bowling shirt and giving out fan fiction, written by Dawson's Creek fans, 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.[20] 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 television show The Affair, where he played Cole Lockhart, the protagonist husband of the unfaithful Alison Lockhart.[23]

In March 2018, Jackson made his theatrical debut on Broadway in Children of a Lesser God, where he played James Leeds, an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf who gets in a conflicted professional and romantic relationship with a deaf former student, Sarah Norman (Lauren Ridloff). The play ran through May 2018.[24]

In 2019, Jackson starred as defense attorney Mickey Joseph in the miniseries When They See Us.[25]

In 2020, Jackson co-starred with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington in the miniseries Little Fires Everywhere based on the novel by Celeste Ng.[26]

Jackson has been cast as Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon who was convicted of intentionally maiming his patients, in Dr. Death, based on the podcast of the same name.[27]

In 2022, Jackson was set to lead the series Fatal Attraction with Lizzy Caplan, inspired by the 1980s thriller film of the same name.[28]

Personal life

Jackson with his wife, Jodie Turner-Smith in February 2020

Jackson was in a relationship with Dawson's Creek co-star Katie Holmes during the first two seasons of the show's run. Holmes said that Jackson was her first love.[29]

From 2006 to 2016, he was in a relationship with German actress Diane Kruger.[30]

Jackson began a relationship with British actress Jodie Turner-Smith in 2018. They married in December 2019 and have a daughter, born April 2020.[31][32]

He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California.[33] He previously lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Dawson's Creek was filmed; and in New York City, where Fringe filmed its first season. In 2009, he moved back to Vancouver to shoot four seasons of the show before the last episode was aired on January 18, 2013.

Jackson is a fan of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.[34] 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.[35] 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.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
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.
1997 Ronnie and Julie Ronnie
1997 Scream 2 Film Class Guy #1
1998 The Battery Michael Papperman Short film
1998 Apt Pupil Joey
1998 Urban Legend Damon Brooks
1999 Cruel Intentions Blaine Tuttle
1999 Muppets from Space Pacey Witter Uncredited cameo
2000 The Skulls Lucas 'Luke' McNamara
2000 Gossip Beau Edson
2001 The Safety of Objects Paul Gold
2001 Ocean's Eleven Himself Cameo
2002 The Laramie Project Matt Galloway
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Earl Crest Alternative title: Cowboys and Idiots
2003 I Love Your Work John Everhart
2005 Cursed Jake Taylor
2005 Racing Stripes Trenton's Pride Voice
2005 Americano Chris McKinley
2005 Aurora Borealis Duncan Shorter
2005 The Shadow Dancer Jeremy Taylor Alternative title: Shadows in the Sun
2006 Bobby Wade Buckley
2007 Battle in Seattle Randall
2008 Shutter Benjamin Shaw
2008 Gashole Himself Documentary
2008 One Week Ben Tyler
2012 Lay the Favorite Jeremy
2012 Inescapable Paul
2015 Sky Detective Ruther


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Payoff Young Mac Television film
1996 Champs Matt Mazzilli 2 episodes
1996 Robin of Locksley John Prince, Jr. Television film
1997 Ronnie & Julie Ronnie Monroe Television film
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Sammy Television film
1997 The Outer Limits Devon Taylor Episode: "Music of the Spheres"
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek Pacey Witter Main role: 124 episodes
2000 Saturday Night Live Himself/host Episode: "Joshua Jackson/NSYNC"
2000 The Simpsons Jesse Grass Voice, episode: "Lisa the Tree Hugger"
2001 Cubix Brian Voice
2006 Capitol Law Mark Clayton Unsold TV pilot
2008–2013 Fringe Peter Bishop 96 episodes
2014–2018 The Affair Cole Lockhart 29 episodes
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Purvis Episode: "Kimmy Goes to a Hotel!"
2016 Years of Living Dangerously Himself Episode: "Collapse of the Oceans"
2019 When They See Us Mickey Joseph Episode: "Part Two"
2020 Little Fires Everywhere Bill Richardson Miniseries; 7 episodes
2021 Dr. Death Dr. Christopher Duntsch Miniseries; 8 episodes
2023 Fatal Attraction Dan Gallagher Miniseries


Year Title Role Notes
2005 A Life in The Theatre John David Mamet play with Patrick Stewart
2016 Smart People Brian play by Lydia R. Diamond at Second Stage Theater[37]
2017, 2018 Children of a Lesser God James Leeds Berkshire Theatre Festival with Kenny Leon
Studio 54[38]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
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 Actor Dawson's Creek Won
2000 Young Hollywood Award Male Superstar of Tomorrow Won
2001 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Won
2002 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor Dawson's Creek Nominated
2005 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Best Actor Aurora Borealis Won
2006 Hollywood Film Festival Best Ensemble of the Year Bobby Won
2006 Satellite Award Best Actor – Motion Picture Aurora Borealis Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Bobby Nominated
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-Fi Fringe Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fringe Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Fringe Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor The Affair Nominated
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Premium Series Actor The Affair Nominated
2018 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award Children of a Lesser God Nominated
2022 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Dr. Death Nominated


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