Luke George Evans
15 April 1979
|Alma mater||London Studio Centre|
Luke George Evans (born 15 April 1979) is a Welsh actor and singer. He began his career on the stage, performing in many of London's West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before making his film breakthrough in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake. Following his debut, Evans was cast in such action and thriller films as Immortals (2011), The Raven (2012), and the re-imagined The Three Musketeers (2011).
In 2013, Evans starred as the antagonist Owen Shaw in the blockbuster Fast & Furious 6, and also played Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Evans also portrayed the vampire Dracula in the character's 2014 film origin story, Dracula Untold. In 2017, Evans starred as Gaston in Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and portrayed American psychologist William Moulton Marston, creator of fictional character Wonder Woman, in the biographical drama Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. He released his debut album, At Last, on 22 November 2019. In 2020, he starred in a three-part miniseries The Pembrokeshire Murders. In 2021, he had a main role in the Hulu drama miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers.
Early life and education
Luke George Evans was born on Easter Sunday, 15 April 1979, in Pontypool, and brought up in Aberbargoed, a small village in the Rhymney Valley, Wales, the only child of Yvonne and David Evans. He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, though he left the religion when he was 16 and left school at the same time.
In 2008, he landed his most significant theatre role playing Vincent in the play Small Change written and directed by Peter Gill at the Donmar Warehouse. For his performance, he gained recognition from film casting directors and US agencies and was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer. Later that same year he did his second show at the Donmar Warehouse, Piaf, in which he played Yves Montand.
Evans got his first film audition at age 30. In 2009, he landed his first film, playing the Greek god Apollo in the 2010 remake Clash of the Titans. Also in 2010, he appeared as Clive in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, directed by Matt Whitecross, as the Sheriff of Nottingham's thug in Robin Hood, alongside Matthew Macfadyen (whom he would later play alongside again in The Three Musketeers), and played handyman and good guy Andy, in director Stephen Frears' film Tamara Drewe, based on Posy Simmond's comic strip. Evans went on to portray DI Craig Stokes in Blitz (2011), the film adaptation of Ken Bruen's novel of the same name, in which he starred with Jason Statham and Paddy Considine. In early 2010, he shot the independent movie, Flutter, directed by Giles Borg.
Evans played the Musketeer Aramis in Paul W. S. Anderson's version of The Three Musketeers (filmed in 2010 and released in 2011). He was cast in a lead role in Tarsem Singh's Greek epic, Immortals (2011), in which he played the King of the Gods, Zeus. And at the end of 2010, he took a role opposite John Cusack in James McTeigue's film The Raven, replacing Jeremy Renner. In the film, released in 2012 and set in mid-19th century Baltimore, Evans played Detective Emmett Fields, who investigates a series of murders inspired by the poetry and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Shooting took place in Budapest and Serbia in November 2010. In 2011, he shot No One Lives, a psychological horror film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, in New Orleans, and began filming a role in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, playing the role of Bard the Bowman.
In 2013, Evans played the antagonist Owen Shaw in Fast & Furious 6, and in 2014, he played Dracula in the film Dracula Untold. Evans was cast as Eric Draven in the reboot of The Crow. In June 2014, he joined the cast of the film High-Rise with Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons. In January 2015, Evans officially exited The Crow to pursue other projects. The same year, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men.
In 2016, Evans appeared in the thriller film The Girl on the Train, co-starring Emily Blunt. In 2017, he had the villainous role of Gaston in Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon and co-starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. Evans was also set to reprise his role as Gaston in a Beauty and the Beast prequel limited series for Disney+, alongside Josh Gad, who was serving as co-creator, co-writer and executive producer).
In 2018, Evans starred in TNT drama The Alienist, as newspaper illustrator John Moore. The following year, he announced the release of his debut studio album, At Last, which was released on 22 November 2019.
On 8 November 2019, Evans starred in Roland Emmerich's epic war movie Midway, alongside Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Mandy Moore, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid, and Woody Harrelson.
In 2021, Evans played Lars Lee in the Hulu miniseries, Nine Perfect Strangers, based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, which features Nicole Kidman in the lead role, alongside Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Samara Weaving, Asher Keddie, and Bobby Cannavale.
Evans is openly gay. During the early 2000s in an article in the UK's Gay Times, Evans stated that people would approach him in gay pubs to tell him that they could not believe that he was gay. In a subsequent 2002 interview with The Advocate in the U.S. he said that although his (then) part (in Taboo) was that of a straight man "everybody knew me as a gay man, and in my life in London I never tried to hide it".
By his late thirties, he was less willing to discuss his sexuality with the press, asserting his private life to be private. He deliberately shields his family from the press. He stated in response to a question about the opinion that Hollywood might have of his sexuality that his private life was not connected to Hollywood, and that "Talent, success, what you do in your personal life – I don't see how one should have an effect on the other." Although known as openly gay since the Gay Times interview, he is rarely labelled so.
|Title||Release date||Peak chart positions|
|At Last||22 November 2019||11||30||84|
|Beauty and the Beast||10 March 2017|
|"Love Is a Battlefield"||8 October 2019||At Last|
|"Changing"||23 October 2019|
- At Last! The Live Tour (2021)
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2013||The Great Train Robbery||Bruce Reynolds||Miniseries|
|2016, 2018||Robot Chicken||Various characters (voices)||2 episodes|
|2017||The Grand Tour||Himself||Episode: "Jaaaaaaaags"|
|2018–2020||The Alienist||John Moore||Main role|
|2020–2021||Crossing Swords||King Merriman (voice)||Main role; 20 episodes|
|2021||The Pembrokeshire Murders||Steve Wilkins||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|2021||Nine Perfect Strangers||Lars||Miniseries|
|2013||Fast & Furious: Showdown||Owen Shaw|
Theme park rides
|2015||Fast & Furious: Supercharged||Owen Shaw|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Nominee / work||Result|
|2014||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding Actor in a Mini-Series||The Great Train Robbery||Nominated|
|Acapulco Black Film Festival||Best Ensemble Cast||Fast & Furious 6||Nominated|
|2015||British Independent Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||High Rise||Nominated|
|2017||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Duo (with Josh Gad)||Beauty and the Beast||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Villain||Won|
|Choice Hissy Fit||Nominated|
|2020||Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards||The Man of the Year||Himself||Won|
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