WHO can forget the floppy haired Dawson Leery from hit 90s teen drama Dawson’s Creek.
Well James Van Der Beek, who played the angst-ridden all-American boy, is making his big TV comeback – all you need to know about the Beek from the Creek…
Who is James Van Der Beek? What was his early life?
James Van Der Beek is an American actor who was born on 8 March 1977 in Cheshire, Connecticut.
He is best known for playing Dawson Leery in 90s teen drama Dawson’s Creek.
At the age of 15, he asked his mother to take him into New York City to get an agent and try his hand at professional acting.
He made his professional debut off-Broadway at age 16 in 1993.
Aged 17, while still in high school, he made his feature film debut in a bit role as a bully in Angus (1995) and shot a small role in the independent film I Love You, I Love You Not (1996).
He attended Drew University but dropped out to pursue acting
When did James Van Der Beek get his big break in Dawson’s Creek?
In early 1997, James auditioned for three television pilots – one of them was for Dawson’s Creek.
James won the title role of Dawson Leery, and the show’s 1998 debut was a success that helped to establish the network and its cast.
The series ran for six seasons and was syndicated worldwide.
What did James Van Der Beek do after Dawson’s Creek ended?
Since leaving Dawson’s Creek, James has made numerous television appearances on hit shows, including a role on Ugly Betty.
In 2007, he guest-starred in a two-part episode of the series Criminal Minds, playing a serial killer.
In 2008, he made several guest appearances on How I Met Your Mother, in which he played Simon, one of Robin Scherbatsky’s early boyfriends.
In 2008, he had a recurring role on One Tree Hill as a film maker who was largely the satirical opposite of Dawson Leery.
His next major TV role was in 2011 when he portrayed a fictional version of himself on the TV show Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.
He also starred in short-lived comedy Friends With Better Lives.
His last major role was playing Senior Field Agent Elijah Mundo in CSI: Cyber.
What is James Van Der Beek doing now?
James stars in a very different role from his Dawson’s Creek character as he plays a fictional version of DJ Diplo in a new TV series called What Would Diplo Do?
The series will be based on Diplo’s A Day in the Life concert promo, which starred James and proved to be a big hit
Speaking to Deadline about the show James said: “The show doesn’t take itself too serious, but it’s not cynical.”
He added: “I’ve enjoyed deconstructing my own image quite a bit over the years, but to have the chance to do it with a global megastar like Diplo who’s letting us to do something fun and
ridiculous that few people have the balls to allow, is crazy.”
He is also currently starring in Sky1’s Carter’s Get Rich.
Is James Van Der Beek married?
On 5 July 5 2003 James married actress Heather McComb, but divorced in March 2010.
James then met business consultant Kimberly Brook and they were married on 1 August 2010, in a small ceremony at the Kabbalah Centre near Dizengoff Plaza in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The couple have four children together.