Joshua Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is an actor in American television and movies. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to an American father and an Irish-born mother. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver. Previously he lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the television program Dawson's Creek was filmed.
Joshua grew up in California and Seattle until age 8, when he moved back to Vancouver with his mother and younger sister. Soon after he took up acting, landing a role in a commercial for Keebler's Potato Chips. He is best known for the role of Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek, but he has also appeared in several movies including Cruel Intentions, The Mighty Ducks series, Apt Pupil, Scream 2, The Laramie Project and The Skulls. He will next appear in the all-star ensemble drama Bobby, directed by Emilio Estevez, Joshua's co-star from The Mighty Ducks.
Joshua is left-handed and is 6 foot 2. He is rumoured to hold dual U.S./Canadian citizenship. Joshua dated two of his Dawson's Creek co-stars: actress Katie Holmes in 1998, and actress Brittany Daniel in 1999-2000. Joshua also dated Rosario Dawson.