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Joshua Browning Carter Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is a Canadian actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 30 film roles. His well-known roles include Pacey Witter in Dawson's Creek , Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series , Peter Bishop in Fringe , and Cole Lockhart in The Affair . Jackson won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the Canadian independent film One Week .
Jackson was born in Vancouver , British Columbia, to John Carter Jackson and his wife, Fiona.  His mother is a casting director.  Jackson's father is from Texas ;  and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin , Ireland, having immigrated to North America in the late 1960s.   He has a younger sister, Aisleagh (born 1983).  He was raised Catholic.  
Jackson started acting in a small role in the film Crooked Hearts in 1991. The next year, he played the role of Charlie in a musical version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. At this point, with the help of the play's casting director Laura Kennedy, he joined the William Morris Agency.  Soon after, he landed the role of Charlie (#96) in The Mighty Ducks series, playing a young and aspiring hockey player.