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Peters at 2019 WonderCon
Evan Thomas Peters

(1987-01-20) January 20, 1987 (age 35)
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Emma Roberts (2012–2019)

Evan Thomas Peters (born January 20, 1987)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his multiple roles on the FX anthology series American Horror Story, as Stan Bowes in the first season of the FX ballroom drama series Pose, and as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver in the X-Men film series (2014–2019) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe series WandaVision. In 2021, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his performance in Mare of Easttown.

He made his acting debut in the 2004 drama film Clipping Adam and starred in the ABC science fiction series Invasion from 2005 to 2006.

From 2004 to 2010, Peters appeared in numerous national commercials for established brands such as Kelloggs, Papa John's Pizza and PlayStation. During this time he also had recurring roles on Disney Channel's Phil of the Future and The CW's One Tree Hill. In 2010, he had a supporting role in the superhero film Kick-Ass.

Early life

Evan Thomas Peters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to parents Julie and Phil and raised in the suburb of Ballwin.[1] His father is a vice president of administration for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.[2]

Peters was brought up Catholic and attended a Catholic grade school.[3] He has an older brother, Andrew, and an older paternal half-sister, Michelle.[1] In 2001, Peters moved with his family to Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he pursued modeling and took local acting classes.[2] He attended Grand Blanc Community High School,[2] before moving to Los Angeles at age 15 with his mother to pursue his acting career.[1] He attended Burbank High School as a sophomore, but later began homeschooling classes.[2]


2004–2011: Early career

At his second audition, Peters was chosen by producer Michael Picchiottino for the role of Adam Sheppard in the film Clipping Adam. The role earned him the award for Best Breakthrough Performance at the Phoenix Film Festival. He performed in numerous television commercials for Sony PlayStation, Progressive Insurance, Moviefone, Sour Patch Kids, Papa John's Pizza, and Kellogg's.

In 2004, he starred in the MGM film Sleepover as Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes,[4] and appeared in the ABC series The Days as Cooper Day. From 2004 to 2005, he had a recurring role as Seth Wosmer in the first season of the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future. From 2005 to 2006, he portrayed Jesse Varon in the ABC sci-fi thriller series Invasion.

Peters then had supporting roles in the films An American Crime (2007), Gardens of the Night (2008), Never Back Down (2008), and its sequel Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011). He has also starred in several theater plays, including playing Fagin in a production of Oliver Twist at the Met Theater. In 2008, he had a recurring role as Jack Daniels on The CW teen-drama series One Tree Hill. In addition, he landed many one episode guest spots in television series such as The Mentalist, House, Monk, The Office, In Plain Sight, and Parenthood.[5]

In 2010, he appeared in the supporting role of Todd Haynes, the main character's best friend, in the superhero film Kick-Ass. Peters was unable to reprise his role in the 2013 sequel due to scheduling conflicts with his role in the second season of American Horror Story.[6]

2011–2021: Breakthrough with American Horror Story, Quicksilver and Mare of Easttown

Peters' breakthrough role was playing the teenager Tate Langdon in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story.[7] In the second season, subtitled Asylum, he starred as Kit Walker, a man wrongly accused of killing his wife; this role earned him a nomination for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.[8][9]

In the third season, subtitled Coven, he portrayed Kyle Spencer, a frat boy who is killed and brought back to life as a Frankenstein's monster type of creature. In the fourth season of the series, subtitled Freak Show, he played Jimmy Darling, a circus performer with deformed hands.[10]

In 2014, Peters starred in the independent comedy film Adult World, opposite John Cusack and Emma Roberts.[11] Peters played the mutant Peter Maximoff, based on Quicksilver, in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past[12] and its 2016 sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse.[13] In 2015, Peters starred in the horror film The Lazarus Effect, the drama film Safelight, alongside Juno Temple, and played the role of a wealthy oil businessman and serial killer named James Patrick March in the fifth season of American Horror Story, subtitled Hotel. In 2016 he had a role in the comedy-drama Elvis & Nixon and dual characters Edward Philipe Mott and Rory Monahan in American Horror Story: Roanoke.

2017 saw Peters play the lead in The Pirates of Somalia and earn a Critics' Choice nomination for his performance on American Horror Story: Cult. The next year, Peters played the lead in the heist film American Animals, collaborated once again with Ryan Murphy by acting in the first season of the FX drama Pose, ending the year with the portrayal of several characters in the American Horror Story crossover season, subtitled Apocalypse.

In 2019, he reprised the role of Quicksilver in the sequel film Dark Phoenix.[14] Following The Walt Disney Company's purchase of 21st Century Fox, all X-Men related characters were transferred back to Marvel Studios. In 2021, Peters made a surprise appearance in the Disney+ series WandaVision, portraying an alternate version of his character from the X-Men film series,[15] later revealed to be an imposter named Ralph Bohner.[16] Also that year, Peters starred in Mare of Easttown, an HBO miniseries about a troubled police detective, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series.[17][18][19] The end of the year saw Peters return to the American Horror Story universe, playing writer and entertainer Austin Sommers in the first part, Red Tide, of the tenth season.

2022: Future

Peters is set to portray infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Ryan Murphy created Netflix miniseries, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.[20]

Personal life

In 2012, Peters began dating actress Emma Roberts, whom he met on the set of the film Adult World.[21] In July 2013, while they were staying at a hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, someone overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police. After a "heated argument," they had begun hitting each other.[22] When the police arrived, they arrested Roberts. Peters was not arrested because Roberts did not have any immediately visible injuries.[23] Peters declined to press charges and Roberts was released several hours later.[24] In a joint statement, the couple called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they were "working together to move past it."[24] Peters confirmed in March 2014 that he and Roberts were engaged.[25] In March 2019, it was announced that Peters and Roberts had ended the relationship.[26]

From October 2019 to March 2020, Peters was in a relationship with singer-songwriter Halsey.[27][28]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 Clipping Adam Adam Sheppard
Sleepover Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes
2007 An American Crime Ricky Hobbs
Mama's Boy Keith Uncredited
2008 Remarkable Power Ross
Gardens of the Night Brian / Rachel
Never Back Down Max Cooperman
2010 Kick-Ass Todd Haynes
2011 Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown Max Cooperman
Queen Frat Guy Short film
The Good Doctor Donny Nixon
2014 Adult World Alex
X-Men: Days of Future Past Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
2015 The Lazarus Effect Clay
Safelight Charles
2016 Elvis & Nixon Dwight Chapin
X-Men: Apocalypse Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
2017 The Pirates of Somalia Jay Bahadur
The Accomplice Randy Short film
2018 American Animals Warren Lipka
Deadpool 2 Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver Cameo appearance[29]
2019 Dark Phoenix Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
I Am Woman Jeff Wald


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Days Cooper Day 6 episodes
2004–2005 Phil of the Future Seth Wosmer 5 episodes
2005–2006 Invasion Jesse Varon 21 episodes
2008 Dirt Craig Hope Episode: "God Bless the Child"
Without a Trace Craig Baskin Episode: "A Bend in the Road"
Monk Eric Tavela Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Genius"
House Oliver Episode: "Last Resort"
2008–2009 One Tree Hill Jack Daniels 6 episodes
2009 Off the Clock Jew Episode: "Gorgonzola y Pinto"
Ghost Whisperer Dylan Episode: "Excessive Forces"
2010 Criminal Minds Charlie Hillridge Episode: "Mosley Lane"
The Mentalist Oliver McDaniel Episode: "18-5-4"
The Office Luke Cooper Episode: "Nepotism"
2011 Parenthood Brandon Episode: "New Plan"
In Plain Sight Joey Roston / Joey Wilson Episode: "Crazy Like a Witness"
American Horror Story: Murder House Tate Langdon 12 episodes
2012–2013 American Horror Story: Asylum Kit Walker 13 episodes
2013–2014 American Horror Story: Coven Kyle Spencer 11 episodes
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Jimmy Darling 13 episodes
2015 China, IL Clint (voice) Episode: "Magical Pet"
2015–2016 American Horror Story: Hotel James Patrick March 10 episodes
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Edward Philipe Mott / Rory Monahan 4 episodes
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Kai Anderson / Andy Warhol / Marshall Applewhite
David Koresh / Jim Jones / Jesus / Charles Manson
11 episodes
2018 Pose Stan Bowes 8 episodes
American Horror Story: Apocalypse Mr. Gallant / James Patrick March / Tate Langdon / Jeff Pfister 10 episodes
2021 WandaVision Ralph Bohner / "Pietro Maximoff" 4 episodes
Marvel Studios: Assembled Himself Episode: "The Making of WandaVision"
Mare of Easttown Detective Colin Zabel 4 episodes
American Horror Story: Double Feature Austin Sommers 5 episodes; also producer
2022 Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Jeffrey Dahmer Upcoming miniseries

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2004 Phoenix Film Festival Best Breakthrough Performance Clipping Adam Won
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Sleepover Nominated
2012 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Horror Story: Asylum Nominated
2016 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television American Horror Story: Hotel Nominated
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Movie/Limited Series American Horror Story: Cult Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor American Animals Nominated
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Mare of Easttown Won
Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie Won
2022 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated


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