Priestley just completed work on Don’t Cry Now, a film he directed for the Lifetime Network. Other projects included: Masters of Horror, co-starring Elliot Gould and directed by Joe Dante, Luna: Spirit of the Whale, co-starring Adam Beach and Graham Greene, and Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story alongside Albert Schultz and Jason Schombing, as well as the mini-series Above and Beyond, and Everest.
In his native Canada, Priestley starred in the CTV drama Sleep Murder and the comedy National Lampoon’s Going the Distance.
Priestley received critical acclaim in the independent feature film Love and Death on Long Island starring opposite John Hurt. A co-production of imX (Canada) and Skyline Films (UK), the film was presented at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. From director Richard Kwietniowski, the film received a Pierrot Award, the European’s Critics’ Prize given out for the first time at Cannes and the 1998 New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Film.
Priestley made an undeniable mark with his portrayal of Brandon Walsh for eight seasons on FOX Television’s hit series Beverly Hills 90210, a role for which he earned two Golden Globe nominations. He made his directorial debut on the show in 1993, and produced and directed numerous episodes.
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Priestley appeared in Canadian television commercials and starred in his first telefilm by the age of eight. He currently resides in Los Angeles.