Aaron Ashmore

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Aaron Ashmore
Aaron Ashmore 2015.jpg
In an interview for Killjoys in 2015
Aaron Richard Ashmore[1]

(1979-10-07) October 7, 1979 (age 41)
Years active1991–present
Zoë Kate
(m. 2014)
RelativesShawn Ashmore (twin brother)

Aaron Richard Ashmore (born October 7, 1979[2]) is a Canadian film and television actor. He is known for his roles on American television series, such as Jimmy Olsen on Smallville and Steve Jinks on Warehouse 13 and Johnny Jaqobis on the Canadian television series Killjoys. He is the identical twin brother of actor Shawn Ashmore.


Aaron Ashmore is known for playing Marc Hall in Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story. Since then, he has appeared in the films Safe, A Separate Peace, and A Bear Named Winnie. He has also had guest roles on television shows such as The Eleventh Hour, The West Wing, and 1-800-Missing. Ashmore played the recurring role of Troy Vandegraff on the UPN television series Veronica Mars, as well as the role of Agent Steve Jinks on the Syfy show Warehouse 13.

He was cast as Jimmy Olsen, first love interest of Chloe Sullivan, for the sixth season of Smallville on the WB television network and continued to play him into its eighth season.[3] Two years after leaving the show, Ashmore returns to play his character's younger brother on the series finale. Coincidentally, his friend Sam Huntington played Olsen in Superman Returns and the two have both appeared in Veronica Mars.[4] Ashmore's twin brother appeared on Smallville in earlier seasons, and he was offered by director Bryan Singer to play Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns before Huntington.[5]

Besides his recurring role on Smallville, Ashmore had roles in the 2007 films Palo Alto,[4] Privileged, The Stone Angel and The Christmas Cottage.[6] Aaron starred in the horror film Fear Island, with Haylie Duff in Vancouver.[7] MTV.ca announced on October 6, 2010, that he will have a role in Maple Pictures comedy film Servitude, which stars Joe Dinicol, Lauren Collins, Linda Kash, and John Bregar.[8]

In 2010, Ashmore starred as Marcus, one of the three journalists who investigate a cult said to practice human sacrifice in a small town in Poland, in the horror film The Shrine.[9] He also starred Eric in the romantic comedy Conception.[10] In 2011, Ashmore joined season 3 of Syfy series Warehouse 13, in which he played the role of ATF agent Steve Jinks, a human polygraph of sorts – who has the unique ability to discern whether someone is lying or not.[11]

In 2014, he starred as Ray in the rom-com thriller I Put a Hit on You co-starring Sara Canning.[12] In 2015, Ashmore had a supporting role in the thriller film Regression.[13] He also starred as Nick Hopewell in the Lifetime original movie Swept Under alongside Devin Kelley.[14] In summer 2015, Ashmore began his role as John Jaqobis in the Syfy original series Killjoys. The show was renewed for a fourth and final fifth season by Syfy in september 2017, where he is continuing his role.[15] He plays the role of one of the three interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war. In December 2015, he starred as Jesse in Christmas themed lifetime movie Wish Upon a Christmas co-starring Larisa Oleynik.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Aaron and his identical twin brother Shawn (also an actor) were born in Richmond, British Columbia,[2] the sons of Linda, a homemaker, and Rick Ashmore, a manufacturing engineer. They were raised in Brampton, Ontario, where he attended Turner Fenton Secondary School, and Earnscliffe Senior Public School. They have a "GMA" tattoo on their wrists that stands for "Good Man Ashmore"; their grandfather had a similar tattoo. On June 20, 2014, Aaron married Zoë Kate.[17] In 2016, the couple's first child was born, a daughter.[18] Their second daughter was born in 2019.[19]

Ashmore is a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The X-Files.[20]


Ashmore in 2013


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Married to It Student in pageant
2001 The Safety of Objects Bobby Christianson
2001 Treed Murray Dwayne
2002 The Skulls II Matt "Hutch" Hutchinson
2004 My Brother's Keeper Eric / Lou Woods
2004 Safe Bobby Short film
2007 Palo Alto Alec
2007 The Stone Angel Matt Currie
2008 Christmas Cottage Pat Kinkade
2009 The Thaw Atom Galen
2009 Fear Island Mark
2010 Privileged Blake Webber
2010 Old West Daniel Short film
2010 The Shrine Marcus
2011 Conception Eric
2011 Servitude Chase Vanhaver
2014 Arranged Jack H. Short film
2014 I Put a Hit on You Ray
2015 Regression George Nesbitt
2018 22 Chaser Sean
2019 Tammy's Always Dying Reggie Seamus
2020 The.Santa.Squad Gordon


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer Young Byron Spencer TV film
1993 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Billy Episode: "The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor"
1996 Due South Teenager (uncredited) Episode: "Juliet Is Bleeding"
1998 Animorphs Jake double (uncredited) Episode: "The Capture: Part 2"
1999 Crime in Connecticut: The Story of Alex Kelly Luke Lawson TV film
1999 Love Letters Bob Bertram TV film
1999 Emily of New Moon Harrison Bowles Episode: "A Fall from Grace"
2000 Run the Wild Fields Charlie Fields TV film
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson Robert Episode: "Something to Prove"
2000 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Jake Episode: "The Tale of the Lunar Locusts"
2000 La Femme Nikita Neil Hudson Episode: "Time to Be Heroes"
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Paul Harper Episode: "Grandma's Shoes"
2001 Le porte-bonheur Jean Philippe TV film
2001 Blackout Second Son TV film
2001 Haven Myles Billingsley Jr. TV film
2001 The Familiar Stranger Chris Welsh TV film
2001 Dying to Dance Jason TV film
2001 Blue Murder Episode: "Baby Point"
2002 Charms for the Easy Life Ted TV film
2002 Conviction Whiff TV film
2002 A Christmas Visitor John Boyajian TV film
2002 The Eleventh Hour Trevor Gordon Episode: "Tree Hugger"
2003 The Pentagon Papers Randy Kehler TV film
2004 Brave New Girl Tyler TV film
2004 Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story Marc Hall TV film
2004 A Separate Peace Chad TV film
2004 A Bear Named Winnie Randy Taylor TV film
2004–2006 Veronica Mars Troy Vandegraff 4 episodes, including: "The Rapes of Graff"
2005 The Eleventh Hour Taz Thomas Episode: "Kettle Black"
2005 The West Wing Trevor Episodes: "365 Days", "King Corn"
2005–2006 Missing Colin McNeil Recurring role (season 3), 12 episodes
2006–2009, 2011 Smallville Jimmy Olsen Recurring role (season 6); main role (seasons 7–8); guest role (season 10)
2010 CSI: NY Cam Vandemann Episode: "Pot of Gold"
2010 The Bridge Ben Episode: "God Bless the Child"
2010 Private Practice Carl Episode: "Second Choices"
2010 Fringe Matthew Rose Episode: "Amber 31422"
2010–2012 In Plain Sight Scott Griffin Recurring role, 6 episodes
2011 The Listener Peter Duquette Episode: "Jericho"
2011 XIII: The Series Dylan Masters 4 episodes
2011 Fanboy Confessional Narrator 6 episodes
2011–2012 Lost Girl Nate Recurring role, 5 episodes
2011–2014 Warehouse 13 Steve Jinks Recurring role (season 3); main role (seasons 4–5)
2012 Murdoch Mysteries Jack London Episode: "Murdoch of the Klondike"
2015–2019 Killjoys John Jaqobis Main role
2015 Swept Under Nick Hopewell TV film
2015 Wish Upon a Christmas Jesse TV film
2017 Ransom Sydney Graves Episode: "The Artist"
2019 Cardinal Randall Wishart 4 episodes
2019 Designated Survivor Phil Brunton 4 episodes
2019 Hudson & Rex Galen Wheatcroft Episode "The French Connection"
2020 Locke & Key Duncan Locke Recurring role


  1. ^ Aaron Ashmore [@AaronRAshmore] (29 January 2013). "@GACbalehead @ShawnRAshmore Not true actually. My middle name is Richard and Shawns is Robert. After my father and grandfather" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b "Aaron Ashmore". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2006-07-11). "Super Scoop: Veronica Mars' Ex Joins Smallville!". TV Guide. Archived from the original on 2006-08-19. Retrieved 2006-08-21.
  4. ^ a b "Aaron Ashmore Talks Smallville". KryptonSite. 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2006-08-29.
  5. ^ Thompson, Bob (May 20, 2006). "The Iceman Returneth". The National Post.
  6. ^ "New Movie". Aaron-Ashmore.com. 2006-09-14. Archived from the original on 24 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-20.
  7. ^ "Deep Cove". Aaron-Ashmore.com. 2008-05-02. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
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  9. ^ "The Shrine (2010) with Aaron Ashmore and Cindy Sampson". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  10. ^ "Conception - Publicity still of Leah Pipes & Aaron Ashmore". MovieStillsDB.com. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  11. ^ "'Warehouse 13' Brings Aaron Ashmore Onboard For Season 3". 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  12. ^ "I Put a Hit on You: Slamdance Review". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  13. ^ "Regression review: 'gory and corny'". Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  14. ^ "The Movie Network - Movies - Swept Under". The Movie Network. Archived from the original on 2016-09-14. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  15. ^ "'Brothers & Sisters' Alum Luke MacFarlane, Hannah John-Kamen and Aaron Ashmore Join Syfy's 'Killjoys'". 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  16. ^ "Wish Upon a Christmas Movie Pictures". myLifetime.com. Archived from the original on 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  17. ^ "Tattoos". Aaron-Ashmore.com. Retrieved 2006-08-29.
  18. ^ Ashmore, Aaron [@AaronRAshmore] (June 5, 2016). "I'm a father! After a very scary birth, Zoë and our baby girl are recovering well. pic.twitter.com/unlcb2pYwb" (Tweet). Retrieved March 13, 2017 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Ashmore, Aaron [@AaronRAshmore] (April 16, 2019). "My second amazing daughter has arrived safe and sound" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 July 2019 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Serrao, Nivea (July 14, 2017). "Killjoys' Aaron Ashmore reflects on past Smallville, Veronica Mars roles". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 11, 2018.

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