Christian Isely is a Chicago native and a former Sgt. in the United States Infantry. Upon leaving the Army and returning home to Chicago, Christian decided to purse acting for the first time in his life and enrolled at Columbia College Chicago on the G.I. Bill.
Since graduating in 2013 with Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Christian has performed in the Midwest Premieres of Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian and the Jeff Nominated production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem with Profiles Theatre, the World Premier of Confederates in the Attic with City Lit, and A Christmas Carol, Abridged with Dream Theatre. Christian has also understudied for Steep Theatre’s Jeff Nominated U.S. Premier of Simon Stephens’s Wastwaterdirected by Robin Witt, Sideshow Theatre’s Jeff Nominated U.S. premiere of Debbie Tucker Green's truth and reconciliation directed by Jonathan L. Green at Victory Gardens, and A Red Orchid Theatre’s Midwest Premier of Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House directed by Shade Murry. As a proud ensemble member of Otherworld Theatre, Christian has appeared in their productions of Gone Dark, The Aurora Project and an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451. Christian can next be seen in Ike Holter’s The Wolf at the End of the Block directed by Lily-Ann Brown at 16th Street Theater.
Film and Television credits include: NBC’s Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire, Amazon’s anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams with Terrence Howard and Anna Paquin, as well as the upcoming Amblin Partners/Participant Media film Captive State starring Vera Farmiga and John Goodman.