Allan Hawco

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Allan Hawco
Allan Wawco (cropped).jpg
Born (1977-07-28) July 28, 1977 (age 41)
EducationNational Theatre School of Canada
OccupationActor, writer, producer
Spouse(s)Carolyn Stokes (2012-present)

Allan Hawco (born July 28, 1977) is a Canadian actor and producer, best known for his roles in the series ZOS: Zone of Separation, Republic of Doyle and The Book of Negroes, and the television films H2O and The Trojan Horse.

Early and personal life[edit]

Hawco was born on Bell Island, Newfoundland, as the youngest of four children but moved to Goulds at an early age. His father Michael worked on the Bell Island Ferry, and his mother Mary was an elementary school teacher and former nun.[1][2] He studied business at Memorial University but dropped out in favour of the National Theatre School of Canada.[1] One of his brothers is a composer, and has composed for Republic of Doyle, while his father has also worked on the show and his mother has appeared as a background performer.[2]

Hawco married CBC reporter Carolyn Stokes in 2012 in the midst of working on Republic of Doyle.[3]


Hawco's first role was in the Shakespeare by the Sea production of Macbeth, which was directed by Aiden Flynn. From there, director Danielle Irvine encouraged Allan to audition for the National Theatre School where he was one of 13 selected from thousands of applicants that year.[1]

After graduation from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2000,[4] Hawco worked in many of the major theatres in the country.[1] He started his own production company The Company Theatre with Philip Riccio.[5] The Company's inaugural production, A Whistle in the Dark, brought Hawco critical acclaim. Their 2009 production of Festen won him three Dora Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Play.[1]

Some of Hawco's earlier movie roles include Canadian productions such as Making Love in Saint Pierre, Above and Beyond, and Love and Savagery,[6] the latest of which won him an ACTRA nomination for Outstanding Male Performance.[1] His career took off with the launch of his own TV series Republic of Doyle, which premiered in 2010. Hawco is co-creator with Perry Chafe and Malcolm MacRury, executive producer, lead actor, head writer as well as the show's showrunner.[7] The show has been sold to over 90 countries, and maintains over a million viewers a week on CBC television in Canada.[1] He also guest starred in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries in 2013, as part of a fictional crossover between that show and Republic of Doyle.[8]

In 2010, Hawco was nominated for the ACTRA Toronto award for Outstanding Performance - Male for his performance in Love and Savagery. He was also nominated that year for two Gemini awards, Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role and Best Dramatic Series for his work as actor and co-producer of Republic of Doyle.[9]

In 2011, Hawco was the recipient of the National Theatre School's prestigious Gascon-Thomas Award.[10]

Also in 2011, Hawco was presented with the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame's Outstanding Achievement Award.

In 2016 Hawco is appearing in the Discovery Channel series Frontier. His company, Take The Shot Productions, is also working on production of the series.[11]

In 2018 he starred in the CBC crime drama series Caught.[12]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Allan Hawco - creator, lead writer, executive producer and star of Republic of Doyle". The Montrealer. March 1, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Allan Hawco says goodbye to Jake Doyle". Q, December 10, 2014.
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  4. ^ "Alumni, Acting: 2000-2009". National Theatre School of Canada. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12.
  5. ^ Ouzounian, Richard. "The Bay (and lake) boy: Newfoundland television starAllan Hawco returns to the stage in Toronto after five years away". Toronto Star, 10 April 2010.
  6. ^ Rick Groen (November 12, 2009). "Boy meets girl but God, science and art get in the way". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  7. ^ Annette Bordeau (January 4, 2013). "Allan Hawco, 'Republic of Doyle' star, on season 4 surprises and guest stars". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Republic of Murdoch?". Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "Allan Hawco Awards". IMDB. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "Allan Hawco and Claude Poissant: recipients of the 2011 Gascon-Thomas Award". National Theatre School of Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "Allan Hawco's new Frontier". Toronto Star, Tony Wong, Nov. 7, 2016
  12. ^ "Here's your first look at the CBC adaptation of Lisa Moore's Caught". CBC Books, January 16, 2018.

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