Jason Priestley is one of the most versatile talents in the entertainment business, both in front of and behind the camera. For more than three decades, he has worked in all aspects of film and television as actor, director and producer. Since ruling the airways in the '90s as teenage heartthrob Brandon Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210, Priestley has amassed an extensive list of credits and accolades.
In addition to starring in and executive producing Global's hit series, Private Eyes, Priestley can be seen opposite Shawn Doyle and Joanne Kelly in the independent feature Away From Everywhere, and with Molly Ringwald in the family comedy Raising Expectations. His film Zoom, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, directed by Pedro Morelli and produced by Rhombus Media premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015, he received the ACTRA National Award of Excellence.
Some of his notable acting credits include Love and Death on Long Island, Eye of the Beholder co-starring Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor, Charles Busch’s comedy Die, Mommie, Die!, Medium, and My Name is Earl.
Priestley garnered multiple awards for the Canadian comedy series Call Me Fitz (which he also produced and directed several episodes), including Best Comedy Actor at the Canadian Screen Awards (2014), Best Comedy Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (2012), Best TV Performance by a Male at the Canadian Comedy Awards (2011) and Best Actor Award at the Roma Fiction Festival (2010). The series was also nominated for 16 Gemini Awards (now known as the Canadian Screen Awards) and won seven in 2011.
Behind the camera, Priestley has spent a good part of his career directing successful film and television programming for which he has received numerous accolades. Beyond starring on Beverly Hills, 90210, Priestley also directed multiple episodes from seasons 3 through 7. He also produced 35 episodes for seasons 5 through 7, and executive produced 61 episodes for seasons 7 through 9.
In the late '90s, he directed Barenaked in America, a documentary about the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was recognized as a turning point of fame for the band. Soon after the documentary’s theatrical release, the band’s CD Stunt went straight to the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Priestley’s notable directing credits include Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, and Haven in which he was also a guest star. His first independent Canadian film, Cas & Dylan, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) received critical acclaim, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Additionally, in 2013, the film was awarded with the Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit People’s Choice Awards and the Audience Award and Best Actress Award at the Whistler Film Festival. In 2014, Cas & Dylan was showcased as the closing night film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival.
In 2014, Priestley published his memoir, Jason Priestley: A Memoir, through HarperCollins adding author to his resumé. Priestley uses his trademark charm and candor to reflect on celebrity, marriage, fatherhood, his passion for car racing as well as his personal ups and downs during those years. Priestley is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.