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Jackson at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012.
Joshua Carter Jackson

(1978-06-11) June 11, 1978 (age 44)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Diane Kruger (2006–present)

Joshua Browning Carter Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is a Canadian-American actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 30 film roles. His well-known roles include Pacey Witter in Dawson's Creek, Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series, Peter Bishop in Fringe, and Cole Lockhart in The Affair. Jackson won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the Canadian independent film One Week.

Early life

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

Jackson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to parents John Carter and Fiona Jackson. His mother is a casting director. Jackson's father is from Texas; and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland, having immigrated to North America in the late 1960s. He has a younger sister and two older half brothers. He was raised Catholic.

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

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.

Jackson began dating German actress Diane Kruger in 2006; the couple shared residences in Paris, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Jackson and Kruger ended their relationship in 2016, after 10 years together. In June 2018, it was reported that the star is dating actress and Cheddar TV host Alyssa Julya Smith.

He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California. 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.

Racing Stripes poster
2005 Jackson voiced Racing Stripes character Trenton's Pride
1992 The Mighty Ducks - Charlie Conway
D two the mighty ducks
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks - Charlie Conway
One week poster
2008 One Week - Ben Tyler
Robin of Locksley Movie Poster
1996 Robin of Locksley - John Prince, Jr.
Muppets from space
1999 Muppets from Space - Pacey Witter
Bobby poster
2006 Bobby - Wade Buckley



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Crooked Hearts Tom (11 years)
1992 The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1993 Digger Billy
1994 ' Charlie Conway
1994 Andre Mark Baker
1995 Magic in the Water Joshua Black
1996 ' 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 Cameo Uncredited
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 role
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 Joshua Jackson (himself) Gives commentary for 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 TV movie
1996 Champs Matt Mazzilli Episodes: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and "For Art's Sake"
1996 Robin of Locksley Prince John, Jr. TV movie
1997 Ronnie & Julie Ronnie Monroe TV movie
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Sammy TV movie
1997 The Outer Limits Devon Taylor Episode: "Music of the Spheres"
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek Pacey Witter 124 episodes
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–present The Affair Cole Lockhart 20 episodes
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Purvis Episode: "Kimmy Goes to a Hotel!"
2016 Years of Living Dangerously Himself Episode: "Collapse of the Oceans"

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