Formerly a boxer and personal trainer, Neil Jackson got his acting start in London West End productions “Miss Julie” and “Queer As Folk: The Musical.” He made his film debut in Oliver Stone's epic film "Alexander" (2004), playing Perdiccas, opposite Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer, Angelina Jolie, and Anthony Hopkins, and has since added to his resume roles in the films "The Last Drop" (2005), "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005), "The Thirst" (2006) and "The Passage" (2007), in which he also wrote the screenplay. Jackson, who has written two unpublished novels, also co-wrote an upcoming romantic film called "Star Crossed," a modernization of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The movie is due to be released in 2009.
Jackson will play Mr. Slate, a henchman who fights Daniel Craig's James Bond, in the upcoming 22nd James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace." He will also appear in the upcoming films "Table for Three," with Brandon Routh, Jesse Bradford, and Sophia Bush, and "Push," alongside Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Camilla Belle, and Djimon Hounsou.
On the small-screen, the 6' 1" British actor has guest starred in such British TV shows as "Heartbeat," "Is Harry on the Boat," "Ultimate Force," "Silent Witness" and "The Last Detective," as well as the American "Stargate SG-1," "Cold Case," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "How I Met Your Mother," "CSI: Miami" and "The Cleaner." He also had the supporting role of Dale, a handsome handyman who embarks on an affair with Stella (played by Sara Stewart), on the critically-acclaimed British television drama series based on the Julie Burchill novel, "Sugar Rush" (2005), and co-starred as Marcus Van Sciver, a powerful vampire and high ranking member of the House of Chthon, on Spike TV’s horror series based on the Marvel Comics character and popular film series, "Blade: The Series" (2006).
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Childhood and Family:
The second of four sons to Eve and Dennis Jackson, Neil Jackson was born on March 1, 1976, in Bedfordshire, England. When he was 7 years old, he moved with his family to the village of Barton Le-Clay, where they lived until Neil left for college at age 18.
An adventurous child, Neil participated in school sports, including rugby, swimming and tennis. At the university he attended, he took up boxing. Neil, who worked as a doorman to pay his way through school, graduated with degrees in Sports Science. During his studies at Cardiff, Neil boxed for his college and Wales and won the British Universities Championship twice. This led him to being sponsored to study sports at a Masters’ level. Once he completed his Masters, he moved back to London to pursue acting. Neil recently obtained his PhD from the University of Westminster.
Neil plays guitar and has recorded several acoustic tracks. He also has written two unpublished novels. Neil currently resides in Los Angeles.
“I realized the only time I was really happy was when I was acting.” Neil Jackson
Neil Jackson, who acted with the National Youth Theatre as a kid and studied drama at Harlington Upper School, got his acting start in London’s West End. His lead role in August Strindberg's play “Miss Julie” earned him critical praise and gained the attention of Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of London’s South Bank Centre, who would later cast him as the lead in her workshop production of “Queer As Folk: The Musical,” which was also performed in London’s West End. He also performed in the production of “The Curse Of Tittikhamon” and “The Illustrated Games People Play.”
Jackson subsequently began appearing on television playing guest roles in such British TV series as the long-running police drama "Heartbeat," the comedy "The House That Jack Built," the dramatic "Is Harry on the Boat," the drama "Ultimate Force," the long-running thriller "Silent Witness," the dramatic "The Last Detective," and the British Army drama "Red Cap." He also played Phil Wallis from 2002 to 2003 on the popular soccer drama series "Dream Team."
In 2004, Jackson was cast as Perdiccas, one of Alexander the Great's generals, in director Oliver Stone's epic film "Alexander.” About his role in "Alexander,” Jackson described, "My role was a general called Perdiccas. He grew up with Alexander. They were schooled together; they went to school with Aristotle. When Philip, his father, got killed, Alexander took over as the regent. He brought his generals that were lower generals in the rankings up into being the foremost generals in his army. So Perdiccas went up into being the general of the infantry. He looked after all the foot soldiers. He was there prominent in Alexander’s campaigns, decorated, and was there up until his deathbed, a close friend and companion."
The following year, Jackson supported Billy Zane, Michael Madsen, Karel Roden and Tommy Flanagan in the Colin Teague-directed action adventure film set in the backdrop of World War II, "The Last Drop" (2005), and shared the screen with Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, and Liam Neeson in Neil Jordan's Irish film adapted from Patrick McCabe's 1998 novel, "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005). He also guest-starred in an episode of Showtime/SCI FI’s science fiction TV series "Stargate SG-1" and had the supporting role of Dale, a handsome handyman who embarks on an affair with Stella (played by Sara Stewart), on the critically-acclaimed British television drama series "Sugar Rush," which was based on the Julie Burchill novel of the same name.
Talking about what is was like working on the set of "Stargate SG-1," Jackson said, “I had a blast on that show. Khalek was so wonderfully evil to play that I enjoyed every minute of it. There was no humanity to him at all, no regret or consequence. And the guys were so friendly and helpful, making me feel instantly at home. It was a pleasure.”
From June 28, 2006, to September 13, 2006, Jackson co-starred as Marcus Van Sciver, a powerful vampire and high ranking member of the House of Chthon, on Spike TV’s horror series based on the Marvel Comics character and popular film series, "Blade: The Series," alongside Kirk Jones, Jill Wagner, Nelson Lee, and Jessica Gower. Jackson was also spotted as a guest in an episode of CBS’ police procedural television series "Cold Case" and co-starred with Matt Keeslar, Clare Kramer, Jeremy Sisto, and Serena Scott Thomas in Jeremy Kasten's vampire film, "The Thirst" (2006).
After "Alexander" (2004), Jackson wrote the dramatic thriller film "The Passage" (2007), starring himself and Stephen Dorff. During this time, TV viewers could catch him playing guest roles in an episode of CBS’ procedural drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."
“I've just completed a feature called ‘The Passage’ with Stephen Dorff. It's a thriller shot in Morocco that I wrote about a year ago.” Neil Jackson
Jackson was recently seen in Christian B. Bagger's 22-minute short tennis film, "15-40" (2008), in which he starred as German tennis player Kai Hansen. He also appeared as a guest in an episode of CBS’ "CSI: Miami" and A&E’s drama series starring Benjamin Bratt, "The Cleaner."
Jackson has completed filming "Quantum of Solace," the 22nd James Bond film in which he plays Mr. Slate, a henchman who fights Bond (played by Daniel Craig). It will be released in the United Kingdom on October 31st, 2008, and in North America on November 14th. He will soon complete filming "Table for Three," a romantic comedy written and directed by Michael Samonek and starring Brandon Routh, Jesse Bradford, and Sophia Bush, and "Push," a science fiction thriller helmed by Paul McGuigan starring Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Camilla Belle, and Djimon Hounsou.
Jackson, who has written two unpublished novels, also co-wrote an upcoming romantic drama film called "Star Crossed," which will be directed by Mark Heller. It's a modernization of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” due for release in 2009.
“Immortality lies in the hearts of others. To live forever is to be remembered.” Neil Jackson