If you’ve been avidly watching film and television for at least the past decade, British actor Neil Jackson would be a familiar face. He has guest-starred in numerous series, including but not limited to Westworld, The Originals, Stargate SG-1 and How I Met Your Mother. Neil has also appeared in several films, with Quantum of Solace, Welcome to Marwen and upcoming The King’s Man being some examples.
Between 2009-2010, Neil had a starring role as Olympic coach ‘Sasha Belov’ on the ABC Family comedy-drama Make It Or Break It. He followed this up with two seasons of Upstairs, Downstairs on BBC One.
As of 2020, Neil Jackson has major roles in two successful shows. On Absentia, he plays ‘Jack Byrne’, the protagonist Emily’s (Castle alum Stana Katic) adoptive brother. Neil also portrays Jordan Mahkent/Icicle, the main villain on DC Universe/The CW superhero teen drama Stargirl, which stars Brec Bassinger as the title character.
In this Exclusive Interview, among other topics, Neil discusses his roles on both shows, how earlier acting experiences have affected his career today as well as which Stargirl and Absentia cast members that he would like to hypothetically see crossover into the other series. Furthermore, we also dig deep into mental health, with Neil reflecting on battling depression and the importance of being open about your mental well-being.
Thank you to Neil Jackson for taking the time to talk with Courageous Nerd.