He was born in Toronto, Ontario, to actors Alan Scarfe and Sara Botsford. He dropped out of high school at age 15, and at the age of 16 he spent a year working at the Stratford Festival, where he learned about acting.
Scarfe's first major role was on Canadian teen drama Madison. He appears in a recurring role as Chase Carter, the drug-abusing cousin of John Carter, on the medical-drama series ER.
His television guest appearances include the police procedural series NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami, Cold Case; and the drama series The L Word, as well as the supernatural drama series Grimm. Scarfe portrays Sheldon Kennedy in the biographical drama television film The Sheldon Kennedy Story (1999), which follows the story of Kennedy – a former professional ice-hockey player with the Calgary Flames – who, after years of self blame and secrecy, spoke out against his former coach and mentor Graham James and the sexual abuse Kennedy endured.
His other television films include the biographical drama television film Burn: The Robert Wraight Story (2003), portraying Jesus in the biographical drama television film Judas (2004)., costarring with Jennifer Finnigan in 2015 television film Angel of Christmas and Alison Sweeney in the Hallmark Channel movie "Love On The Air" 2015.
His most notable television roles are Charlie Sagansky in the legal drama series Raising the Bar (2008–2009), Sydney Snow in the western period drama series Hell on Wheels, Matt McLean on the family drama, Ties That Bind and Axel on the Syfy drama Van Helsing.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/new-faces-of-the-west-jake-weber-jonathan-scarfe-saddle-up-for-hell-on-wheels
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/scifiandtvtalk/2016/10/its-miller-time-interview-with-van-helsings-jonathan-scarfe.html
- ↑ http://greginhollywood.com/the-advocate-talks-to-jonathan-scarfe-about-his-role-as-a-gay-law-clerk-on-tnts-raising-the-bar-6268
- ↑ http://www.amc.com/shows/hell-on-wheels/talk/2014/10/hell-on-wheels-qa-jonathan-scarfe-sidney-snow
- ↑ http://uptv.com/shows/ties-that-bind/news/parents-themselves-ties-that-bind-stars-kelli-williams-and-jonathan-scarfe-can-relate-to-their-characters/