An experienced and highly qualified teacher of acting, Jason has full QTS and DBS certification enabling him to work with students of all ages.
He current combines performing with teaching and directing at some of London’s top drama schools such as CityLit, Associated Studios, East 15 Acting School and The Actor’s Centre London. He was Head of Drama at prestigious Bedford Modern School 2005-2011. He has been a teacher and practitioner of T’ai Chi Qigong for 20 years, and has directed numerous student productions inluding The Marat Sade, Our Country's Good, We Will Rock You, The Trial, and most recently Slatimbanques by Jim Knable at CityLit.
Jason (stage name Jason Riddington) began his screen acting career playing Hareton Earnshaw in Peter Kosminsky's WUTHERING HEIGHTS opposite Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes. Major television performances followed including Dr Rob Khalefa in the BAFTA award winning series 13 of CASUALTY; South-African Ashley Davies in INSPECTOR MORSE opposite John Thaw and Kevin Whately; further TV appearances include EASTENDERS, A TOUCH OF FROST, BERLIN BREAKS, BUGS, SECOND THOUGHTS, THE BILL, FAMILY AFFAIRS, HIGHLANDER and most recently, LUTHER with Idris Elba and BIRDS OF A FEATHER opposite Pauline Quirke, Lesley Joseph and Linda Robson. Further film credits include Edmund in Brian Blessed's KING LEAR, Paul in WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, and The Man in Jason Hreno's WONDERING EYES. A classically trained actor at LAMDA, London, many major stage roles include the title roles in HAMLET, (the rehearsal process and performances being featured in Tony Lee's BBC2 documentary PLAYING THE DANE) and MACBETH; Geoffrey in THE LION IN WINTER opposite Brian Blessed, Demetrius in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Heathcliff in WUTHERING HEIGHTS, and his first professional role as Peachum in THE BEGGAR'S OPERA with Nick Moran; and very recently with Nick Moran again (20 years later!) in Bill Kenwright's West End hit 12 ANGRY MEN, playing a range of parts with, among the incredible cast, Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey and Robert Vaughn - finishing the run in the leading role Juror 8. Back on screen, soon to be released, he plays Tony in Damien Samuel's comedy short film THE FIVE WIVES AND LIVES OF MELVYN PFFERBERG with Callum Blue, Brooke D'Orsay and Natalia Warner. Another release later this year will be the short film MOTHERLAND in which he plays co-leading role Julian, opposite the captivatingly talented Sope Dirisu. Jason wrote the original short story MOTHERLAND, which has been developed into a screenplay and directed by Jason Hreno; produced by Dominic Barlow. Jason has completed filming on comedy pilot TV show SWITCHIN' opposite rising young star Joshua Okusanya , directed by Marc Senior.
Most recently on stage (July - September 2016) he has appeared as John Cristow in Agatha Christie's THE HOLLOW, directed by Brian Blessed.
In 2017 on TV he has played the guest lead in Doctors and in two episodes of Emmerdale, shot 3 feature films playing supporting roles in Lucid, Once Upon a Time in London and has recently wrapped playing Otto Gerlach in Daniel Alfredson's (The Girl Who Played with Fire) Intrigo - Death of an Author with Sir Ben Kingsly, and has also filmed the latest (released later this year) Lays Crisps commercial, shot in South Africa.
Jason understands what it takes to get work in the acting profession. He shares his experience and expertise with actors of all ages to help them get the parts they are up for.
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