Jason Statham was born as the second son of a dancer and a singer. Prior to his time in the film he was a professional diver and twelve years as a member of the British national squad. He took part in 1990 in three disciplines at the Commonwealth Games and reached the best ranking to eighth place from the one-meter board. In the years 1988 and 1992, Statham appeared at the World Championships in the water jump and finished it ranked twelfth in the world rankings.
Prior to his career as an actor Statham was also a model for advertising campaigns and an actor in TV commercials.
He lived for seven years with actress Kelly Brook in Los Angeles together and is romantically involved since 2010 with the British supermodel Rosie Huntington -Whiteley.
His first film appearance in 1998 graduated Jason Statham in the crime comedy Jack, Queen, King, grass. The Fashion Collection French Collection, in which the British had been working recently, was a sponsor of the film and Statham had the director Guy Ritchie successfully proposed. This cast him in the following also for his films Snatch - Pigs and Diamonds and revolvers. Further attention by the learned Statham action film The One with Jet Li in the lead role.
The final breakthrough in the film industry experienced Statham in 2002 with the action-adventure The Transporter producer Luc Besson and director Louis Leterrier. Corey Yuen was choreographer of the elaborate fight scenes that carried Statham with a combination of martial arts Wing Chun, Karate and Kickboxing itself. Due to the success of the film were among the names Transporter - The Mission ( 2005) and Transporter 3 (2008) implemented two sequels. The rise of the film series also gave him supporting roles in The Italian Job - hunting to millions and Final Call - When he hangs up, she must die, and brought it in 2007 with War back into the genre of martial-arts film, again as a film opponent of Jet Li
Through his physical presence and popularity newfound Jason Statham has become increasingly popular in the following years for leading actor for action movies and drove his career with chaos and Crank forward. In addition, he stayed with the heist movie The Bank Job designated in the UK and starred in the thriller 13 on the side of Ray Winstone.
In the year 2011 was to see Jason Statham in three action movies in the lead role: Blitz - Cop Killer vs.. Killer - cop, The Mechanic, and Killer Elite.
Statham heard along with Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture and Arnold Schwarzenegger the ensemble " The Expendables " at, with the "classical" action movies of the late twentieth century tribute to be paid, and thus one of the main roles also occurs in the eponymous film the Expendables in appearance. A second part appeared in 2012, also with Statham in the lead role.
With the filming of action films Statham largely dispenses with the stunt people, occurs in a large part of its fight and stunt scenes themselves in appearance. The actor commented on this by saying, "I would feel bad if I as the main character sitting comfortably in a chair while a stunt man would turn all uncomfortable scenes for me. For something I would prefer not to receive laurels, because I just could not stand it. " Jason Statham has knowledge in several martial arts. For a scene in the film The Expendables, he leaned also fall during a flight from the forward hatch of a Grumman HU -16 and rappelled the following year in The Mechanic from a skyscraper in New Orleans from.
Jason Statham is synchronized in the German versions of his films from different speakers, but mainly by Thomas Nero Wolff and Leon soil. In the films chaos and revolver he is spoken of Tom Vogt.