British actor Jason Isaacs is best known for his role as the villain Lucius Malfoy from the “Harry Potter” movies, but you also might recognize him from his role as the Scottish private investigator Jackson Brodie on the popular British series, “Case Histories,” shown in the U.S. as part of the PBS “Masterpiece Mystery!” series.
His latest role is as an American detective, Michael Britten, in the NBC series “Awake,” which premieres March 1 at 10 p.m. on NBC. On a trip with his family, Britten gets into an accident and wakes up in a dual world — in one reality he lives with his wife and his son died in the crash, while in the other he is a widower raising his son.
Isaacs is the great-grandson of one of the founders of the Jewish community in his native Liverpool. It the midst of a hectic day on set he spoke to The Arty Semite about being a Jewish Liverpudlian, his first exposure to the outside world, and how he first turned down the “Awake” role.
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