Jason Priestley stars as Matt Shade in “Private Eyes.”
Priestley is one of the most versatile talents in the entertainment business, both in front of and behind the camera. For more than three decades, he has worked in all aspects of film and television as actor, director and producer. Since ruling the airways in the 90s as teenage heartthrob, Brandon Walsh, in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Priestley has amassed an extensive list of credits and accolades.
In addition to starring in and executive producing “Private Eyes,” Priestley can be seen opposite Shawn Doyle and Joanne Kelly in the independent feature “Away From Everywhere” and with Molly Ringwald in the new family comedy “The Wonderful Waneys,” and his latest film, “Zoom,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal. In 2015, he received the ACTRA National Award of Excellence.
Some of his notable acting credits include “Love and Death on Long Island,” “Eye of the Beholder,” co-starring Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor, Charles Busch’s comedy “Die, Mommie, Die!,” “Medium,” and “My Name is Earl.”
Priestley garnered multiple awards for the comedy series “Call Me Fitz,” (which he also produced and directed several episodes), including Best Comedy Actor at the Canadian Screen Awards (2014), Best Comedy Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival (2012), Best TV Performance by a Male at the Canadian Comedy Awards (2011) and Best Actor Award at the Roma Fiction Festival (2010). The series was also nominated for 16 Gemini Awards (now known as the Canadian Screen Awards) and won seven in 2011.
Behind the camera, Priestley has spent a good part of his career directing successful film and television programming for which he has received numerous accolades. Beyond starring on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Priestley also directed multiple episodes from Season 3 through Season 7. He also produced 35 episodes for Season 5 through Season 7 and executive produced 61 episodes for Season 7 through the final Season 9.
Priestley’s recent notable directing credits include “Rookie Blue,” “Saving Hope,” and “Haven,” in which he was also a guest star. His first independent Canadian film, “Cas & Dylan,” starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) received critical acclaim, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Additionally, in 2013, the film was awarded with the Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit People’s Choice Awards and the Audience Award and Best Actress Award at the Whistler Film Festival. In 2014, the “Cas & Dylan” was showcased as the closing night film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival.