Statham in August 2014
26 July 1967 |
Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England
Statham is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), and Revolver (2005). He has also appeared in films such as the action thriller The Transporter trilogy (2002–2008), the heist film The Italian Job (2003), the black comedy-action film Crank (2006), the action film War (2007), the science fiction action thriller Death Race (2008), the crime film The Bank Job (2008), and the action series The Expendables (2010–14). In 2015, Statham starred in the latest entry in the The Fast and the Furious franchise, Furious 7, and is set to reprise his role in the upcoming film Fast 8. He usually performs his own stage combat and stunts, and is noted for being typecast as an antihero.
Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, the son of Eileen (née Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street seller and lounge singer.  He grew up with football player Vinnie Jones, alongside whom he would later act. Jones introduced him to football, and Statham went on to play for the local grammar school (1978–1983), which he had attended since the age of 11, a passion that he shared with diving.[not in citation given] He practiced daily in perfecting his diving techniques, and was a member of Britain's National Diving Squad for twelve years. Statham competed for England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
citation needed] Afterwards, he became a model for the clothing brand French Connection. A spokesperson for the high street clothing chain said: "We chose Jason because we wanted our model to look like a normal guy. His look is just right for now: very masculine and not too male-modelly." However, he was still forced to follow in his father's footsteps as a street seller to make ends meet, selling "fake perfume and jewellery on street corners" according to Statham. He made small appearances in a few music videos including "Comin' On Strong" by The Shamen in 1993, "Run to the Sun" by Erasure in 1994, and "Dream a Little Dream of Me" by The Beautiful South in 1995.[
While working as a model for French Connection, he was introduced to fledgling British director Guy Ritchie who was developing a film project and needed to fill the role of a street-wise con artist. After learning about Statham's past as a black market salesman, Ritchie cast him to play the role of "Bacon" in his 1998 crime comedy thriller Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. 
Statham was offered more film roles, and in 2002 he was cast as the lead role of driver Frank Martin in the action movie The Transporter, in which he was responsible for his own stunts (Statham has made this choice for all of his films). He has studied Wing Chun kung fu, karate, and kickboxing. The film spawned two sequels, Transporter 2 (2005) and Transporter 3 (2008).
He also played supporting roles in Mean Machine (2002), The Italian Job (2003) (in which he played Handsome Rob), and Cellular (2004) in which he played the lead villain. In 2005, Statham was once again cast by Ritchie to star in his new project, Revolver, which was a critical and box office failure. 
In 2008, Statham starred in the British crime thriller The Bank Job and Death Race, a remake of Death Race 2000 (1975). American film critic Armond White hailed Statham's ascension as an action film star. On the occasion of Death Race, White championed Statham's "best track record of any contemporary movie star." 
In 2009, Statham started to develop a new movie written by David Peoples and Janet Peoples. Statham stated "We've got a movie we're trying to do, written by David Peoples and Janet Peoples, in the vein of an old film, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It’s not a remake or anything, but it's a little bit like that, about relationships and how greed contaminates the relationships these three people have. The working title is The Grabbers."
He also starred in the action film Killer Elite. The film was based on real events, which were the subject of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' fictional novel The Feather Men. Statham played an assassin named Danny who comes out of retirement to save an old friend, who was played by Robert De Niro. In August 2011, he began filming Parker for director Taylor Hackford; the film was released in January 2013. Statham played Parker, the criminal antihero previously played by Mel Gibson in 1999's Payback and by Lee Marvin in 1967's Point Blank (though their characters were given different surnames).
He reprised his role as Lee Christmas in The Expendables 2 in 2012. In 2013, Statham had a cameo appearance at the end of Fast & Furious 6 as the brother of the film's antagonist Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). He reprised the character, this time as the main antagonist, in Furious 7, which was released in April 2015. In 2013, he also starred opposite James Franco in the thriller Homefront, and headlined the British thriller Hummingbird. Statham made a cameo in the 2014 music video Summer of Calvin Harris as one of the car racers. 
Statham has advocated for stunt performers to be given their own category at the Oscars.
Influence in popular media
In the comic book series Ultimate Spider-Man, that series' version of the villain Vulture was rendered by artist Mark Bagley to resemble actor Statham, as per writer Brian Michael Bendis' instructions.
Statham was in a relationship with model Kelly Brook until the mid-2000s. Since 2010, he has been dating model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. They announced their engagement on 10 January 2016.
|1998||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels||Bacon|
|Turn It Up||Mr. B|
|2001||Ghosts of Mars||Sergeant Jericho Butler|
|One, TheThe One||MVA Agent Evan Funsch|
|2002||Transporter, TheThe Transporter||Frank Martin|
|2003||Italian Job, TheThe Italian Job||Handsome Rob|
|2004||Collateral||Airport man||Cameo appearance|
|2005||Transporter 2||Frank Martin|
|Chaos||Detective Quentin Conners|
|2006||Pink Panther, TheThe Pink Panther||Yves Gluant||Uncredited|
|2007||War||FBI Agent John Crawford|
|2008||Bank Job, TheThe Bank Job||Terry Leather|
|In the Name of the King||Farmer Daimon|
|Death Race||Jensen Garner "Frankenstein" Ames|
|Transporter 3||Frank Martin|
|2009||Crank: High Voltage||Chev Chelios|
|Expendables, TheThe Expendables||Lee Christmas|
|2011||Mechanic, TheThe Mechanic||Arthur Bishop|
|Gnomeo & Juliet||Tybalt||Voice only|
|Blitz||Detective Sergeant Tom Brant|
|Killer Elite||Danny Bryce|
|Expendables 2, TheThe Expendables 2||Lee Christmas|
|Fast & Furious 6||Deckard Shaw[a]||Cameo appearance|
|2014||The Expendables 3||Lee Christmas|
|2015||Wild Card||Nick Wild|
|Furious 7||Deckard Shaw|
|2016||Mechanic: Resurrection||Arthur Bishop|
|2017||Fast 8||Deckard Shaw||Filming|
|2002||Red Faction II||Shrike||N/A|
|2003||Call of Duty||Sergeant Waters||N/A|
|2015||Sniper X with Jason Statham||Team Leader||Tablet game
|1993||The Shamen||"Comin' On"||Background Dancer||N/A|
|1994||Erasure||"Run to the Sun"||Background Dancer||N/A|
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