Steve Evets

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Steve Evets
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Evets during the presentation of Looking for Eric at the Cannes film festival.
Born 26 July 1959
Salford, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor

Steve Evets (born Steven Murphy; 26 July 1959) is an English actor and musician, who found fame in the leading role in the 2009 film Looking for Eric.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Salford, Lancashire, Evets joined the Merchant Navy after leaving school, but was kicked out after three years, after jumping ship twice in Japan and spending his eighteenth birthday in a Bombay brothel.[1] In 1987 Evets was stabbed through the liver, lung and diaphragm, glassed in the face and had his throat cut in a pub fight. He spent time on a life support machine.[2][3]

Evets briefly worked delivering pipes alongside his acting career, and as an electrician.[2][1] As there was already a Steve Murphy on the books of Equity, he decided on the stage name Steve Evets: "The first thing that popped into my head was 'Steve' backwards, so I put that on the form."[1]


Evets early acting work included a street theatre company formed with two friends.[1] He moved into theatre work, and had small roles in several television series such as See No Evil: The Moors Murders, The Cops, Casualty, Life on Mars, Shameless, and Emmerdale.[4] In between acting roles, he worked under the name Adolph Chip-pan, performing political comedy poetry in Manchester. He also worked as a musician, and was introduced to Mark E. Smith of the Fall in the mid-1990s, leading to Evets performing his poetry at some Fall gigs.[1] When Smith found that Evets could play bass guitar, he was drafted into the band in Turkey after previous bassist Jim Watts had been sacked.[1] He played in The Fall between 2000 and 2002, before leaving to front his own band, Dr Freak's Padded Cell, which he described as "electronic dance music with sort of very political overtones", even getting Smith to provide guest vocals on one track;[1] Evets made a video for the track and posted it on YouTube, much to the dislike of Smith, ending their friendship.[1]

His first major film role came in 2008, playing a terminally-ill alcoholic who uses a wheelchair, alongside Robert Carlyle, in Kenneth Glenaan's award-winning Summer.[4] He followed this with the lead role in Ken Loach's 2009 film Looking for Eric, starring alongside Eric Cantona. This role saw him tipped for the Best Actor award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[5][6]

In 2010 he appeared as the homeless drug addict Colin in the acclaimed TV series Rev. He played Morty in Vertigo Films' 2012 low-budget horror film The Facility[7] (originally titled Guinea Pigs) directed by Ian Clark.[8] Evets also starred in a music video for a Salford based band Emperor Zero in the promo video for "Man with Red Eyes".