Jason Statham, 53, didn’t start his acting career until he was 32 years old. Since he was a teenager, he was on the British National Diving team.
To make money, he sold fake Cartier watches and perfumes on the streets. In the 1990s, he was invited to be a part of a Tommy Hilfiger advertising campaign as an athlete. Later, Guy Ritchie offered him a role in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. So that’s when his breathtaking acting career took off.
Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. He began practicing kung fu, kickboxing, and karate recreationally in his youth while working at local market stalls. He was a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished twelfth in the World Championships in 1992. He has also been a fashion model, black market salesman and finally of course, actor. He received the audition for his debut role as Bacon in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) through French Connection, for whom he was modeling. They became a major investor in the film and introduced Jason to Guy Ritchie, who invited him to audition for a part in the film by challenging him to impersonate an illegal street vendor and convince him to purchase fake jewelry.
Jason must have been doing something right because after the success of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) he teamed up again with Guy Ritchie for Snatch (2000), with co-stars including Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina and Benicio Del Toro. After Snatch (2000) came Turn It Up (2000) with US music star Ja Rule, followed by a supporting actor role in the sci-fi film Ghosts of Mars (2001), Jet Li’s The One (2001) and another screen partnership with Vinnie Jones in Mean Machine (2001) under Guy Ritchie’s and Matthew Vaughn’s SKA Films. Finally in 2002 he was cast as the lead role of Frank Martin in The Transporter (2002). Jason was also in the summer 2003 blockbuster remake of The Italian Job (1969), The Italian Job (2003), playing Handsome Rob.
Throughout the 2000s, Statham became a star of juicy action B-films, most significantly Crank (2006) and Crank: High Voltage (2009), and also War (2007), opposite Jet Li, and The Bank Job (2008) and Death Race (2008), among others. In the 2010s, his reputation for cheeky and tough leading performances led to his casting as Lee Christmas in The Expendables (2010) and its sequels, the comedy Spy (2015), and as (apparently) reformed villain Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019). Apart from these blockbusters, he continued headlining B-films such as Homefront (2013).
A competent martial artist with a background in kickboxing, wing chun and karate, Statham frequently does his own stunts and, prior to his acting career, toyed with the idea of being a stuntman himself. Throughout his career, Statham has frequently called for there to be an Academy Award to celebrate the work of stunt men and women, being quoted as saying “I think it is an overlooked category, especially considering how much responsibility these coordinators have for some of the greatest entertainment in action movies. I mean, all of the stunt men-these are the unsung heroes. They really are. Nobody is giving them any credibility. They’re risking their necks. And then you’ve got poncy actors pretending like they’re doing [the stunts].”
Though he never won a medal during his 12 year diving career, Statham competed in the 1990 Commonwealth games and came close to competing for Great Britain in the Olympics three times: 1988, 1992, and 1996. At each Olympic trial, he placed third – only two of his fellow countrymen were taken each time. Not seeing it as having been a waste of his time, he noted, “Despite the hard work, the failure to win a medal made me more disciplined, taught me to focus on hard work and determined me for the success of my future endeavours.”.
Wife: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
They are one of the most beautiful couples in Hollywood. Jason and Rosie met in 2010 at the Coachella Music Festival. One of the most attractive Victoria’s Secret angels and the star of Guy Ritchie’s films had heard of each other before and almost immediately started dating. Unlike many other celebrity couples, they carefully concealed their relationship and weren’t quick to expose their feelings. After almost 6 months, the couple began to live together and openly go out together. Of course, they caught a lot of public attention because of their 20 year age difference.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 33, is a supermodel, actress and former Victoria’s Secret angel. At 16, she sent her resume to Profile Models to be a PR specialist, but when she came in for an interview, she was asked to become a model. Within a couple of years, she had contracts with Clinique, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret and also the love and admiration of rich and famous fans.
As Rosie admits in an interview, she was attracted by Jason’s incredible sense of humor, not the image of the macho guy that he portrays in movies. “When a person knows how to make you laugh at the right moment, your world changes.” She also appreciates that she always feels supported by him.
In January 2016, the paparazzi spotted a diamond engagement ring on Rosie’s finger. The couple later confirmed that they were engaged, but did not comment on the questions about the wedding in any way.
Occupation: Model – Actress – Fashion – Designer Business Woman
Partner: Jason Statham (2010; Engaged)
Height: 5 Ft 9 In or 175 cm
Weight: 54 kg or 119 pounds
Hair Color: Dark Brown – She has dyed her hair ‘blonde’
Eye Color: Blue
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Measurements: 34-25-35 In or 86-63.5-89 cm
Dress Size: 4 (US) or 36 (EU) or 8 (UK)
Shoe Size: 8.5 (US) or 39 (EU) or 6 (UK)
Jack Oscar Statham
Born: 2017 (Age 3 Years)
Parents: Jason Statham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
In autumn of the same year, Rosie appeared on the red carpet with a belly, and in June of 2017 they welcomed their son, Jack Oscar Statham. They have been engaged for almost 4 years now and they already have a baby. Their relationship seems to be stronger than ever and it’s actually hard to remember a time when they weren’t together.
You see a lot of action films, and it’s almost (like) you can’t tell who’s doing what. It’s chopped up so much, you just see a fist, a leg – it’s all driven by the sound, boom, pow, boom. You wouldn’t know what was happening otherwise. The people who inspired me growing up, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, that’s the real deal. You see them, the camera’s way back, there aren’t a lot of cuts – you feel like you’re really in there. Today, there’s so much technology and green-screen and CGI, you can turn your grandma into an action star. But people are getting wise to that, I think. There’s no substitute for the real thing.
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