Luke Evans (actor)

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Luke Evans
Luke Evans 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born (1979-04-15) 15 April 1979 (age 38)
Pontypool, Wales, UK
Alma mater London Drama Centre
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Home town Aberbargoed, Wales

Luke Evans (born 15 April 1979)[1] is a Welsh actor. Evans began his career on the stage, performing in many of London's West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before getting his Hollywood breakthrough role starring 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 main 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.[2] Evans also portrayed the vampire Dracula in the character's film origin story, Dracula Untold.[3] In 2017, Evans starred as Gaston in Disney's live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

Early life[edit]

Evans was born in Pontypool,[4] and brought up in Aberbargoed,[1] a small town in the Rhymney Valley, Wales, the only child of Yvonne and David Evans.[5][6] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, though he left the religion when he was 16 and left school at the same time.[7]

At the age of seventeen, he moved to Cardiff,[8] where he studied under the supervision of Louise Ryan, an established singing coach.[9] In 1997, he won a scholarship to The London Studio Centre in Kings Cross, London.[10] He graduated in 2000.

Career[edit]

From 2000 to 2008, Evans starred in many of London's West End productions including La Cava, Taboo, Rent, Miss Saigon and Avenue Q, as well as several fringe shows in London and at the Edinburgh Festival.

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 best 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 aged thirty. 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 at the 2011 WonderCon

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 alongside Cusack's Edgar Allan Poe.[11] 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.[2]

In 2013, Evans played the antagonist Owen Shaw in Furious 6, and in 2014, he played Dracula in the film Dracula Untold.[12][13][14]

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.[15] In October, he signed on to star in Free Fire, directed by Ben Wheatley and co-starring Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Armie Hammer.[16]

In January 2015, Evans officially exited The Crow to pursue other projects.[17] In March 2015, he signed on for the villainous role of Gaston in Disney's live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast, which co-stars Emma Watson.[18] That same year, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men.[19]

In 2016, Evans appeared in the thriller film The Girl on the Train, co-starring Emily Blunt.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Evans is openly gay. In a 2002 interview, he said, "Everybody knew me as a gay man, and in my life in London I never tried to hide it," and that by being open he would not have "that skeleton in the closet they can rattle out".[21] In 2004, he said his acting career had not suffered by being out.[22] In 2014, Evans acknowledged the importance of marketability, and that, although he does not hide his homosexuality, he is reticent to discuss it with the media.[23] That same year, the Spanish media reported that he was in a relationship with model Jon Kortajarena.[24][25][26] The couple ended their relationship in 2016.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes
2002 Taboo Billy Video
2009 Don't Press Benjamin's Buttons Benjamin's Father Short
2010 Cowards and Monsters Paul Short
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Clive Richards Mat Whitecross
2010 Clash of the Titans Apollo Louis Leterrier
2010 Robin Hood Sheriff's Thug Ridley Scott
2010 Tamara Drewe Andy Cobb Stephen Frears
2011 Blitz DI Craig Stokes Elliott Lester
2011 The Three Musketeers Aramis Paul W. S. Anderson
2011 Immortals Zeus Tarsem Singh
2011 Flutter Adrian Giles Borg
2012 Ashes Crewcut Mat Whitecross
2012 The Raven Inspector Emmett Fields James McTeigue
2012 No One Lives Driver Ryuhei Kitamura
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Girion, Lord of Dale Peter Jackson Extended edition only
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Owen Shaw[28] Justin Lin
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Bard
and Girion, Lord of Dale
Peter Jackson
2013 The Great Train Robbery Bruce Reynolds Julian Jarrold
James Strong
TV series: 2 episodes
2014 Dracula Untold Vlad III Țepeș / Dracula Gary Shore
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Bard Peter Jackson
2015 Furious 7 Owen Shaw James Wan Cameo
2015 High-Rise Richard Wilder Ben Wheatley
2016 Message from the King Wentworth Fabrice Du Welz
2016 The Girl on the Train Scott Hipwell Tate Taylor
2017 Beauty and the Beast Gaston Bill Condon
2017 The Fate of the Furious Owen Shaw F. Gary Gray Cameo
2017 Professor Marston and the Wonder Women William Moulton Marston Angela Robinson
2017 State Like Sleep Meredith Danluck Post-production
2017 10x10 Lewis Suzi Ewing Filming
2018 The Alienist John Moore

Theme park ride[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Fast & Furious: Supercharged Owen Shaw

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category 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[29] Choice Movie: Villain Won
Choice Hissy Fit Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Evans finds himself among the stars". walesonline. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (16 June 2011). "Luke Evans To Play Bard in 'The Hobbit'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Justin Vactor. "Luke". Screen Rant. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pontypool-born Luke Evans hopes to be new Bourne star". walesonline. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Aberbargoed actor Luke Evans' success in Hollywood". Wales Online. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Rachel Mainwaring (30 May 2010). "Welsh actor Luke Evans is hot Hollywood property". Wales Online. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hobbit star Luke Evans swaps the valleys for the Shire". The Guardian. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Luke Evans Interview TAMARA DREWE". Collider. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Welsh actor Luke Evans is hot Hollywood property". walesonline. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Mo-Net s.r.l. Milano-Firenze. "Luke Evans". mymovies.it. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Leins, Jeff. "Luke Evans, Alice Eve Join 'The Raven'". News in Film. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  12. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "‘The Crow’ Reboot Flies With Luke Evans - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  13. ^ The Deadline Team. "Universal Dates ‘Dracula’ Origin Pic For August 8, 2014 - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Pamela McClintock. "Title Change: 'Dracula' Renamed 'Dracula Untold'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Oliver Lyttelton (13 June 2014). "'The Hobbit' Star Luke Evans Joins Tom Hiddleston in Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise'". Indie Wire. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Leo Barraclough. "Luke Evans to Star in Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’". Variety. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Luke Evans Officially Exits 'The Crow' Reboot; Relativity Seeking New Star". TheWrap. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Luke Evans To Star Opposite Emma Watson In Disney’s Beauty And The Beast". 
  19. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Luke Evans in The Girl on the Train". Rotten Tomatoes. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  21. ^ Barclay, Paris (3 September 2002). "Breaking the Taboo". The Advocate. p. 55. Retrieved 4 August 2011.  available online
  22. ^ "Luke Goes Hardcore" (PDF). QX Magazine. July 2004. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "Luke Evans: Slaying Them Softly". Women's Wear Daily. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "Luke Evans, Jon Kortajarena's vampire" (in Spanish). dparejas. 2 October 2014. 
  25. ^ "Jon Kortajarena introduces his boyfriend Luke Evans to his mother" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 20 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Jon Kortajarena: sus 30 'buenorros' años en fotos" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 19 May 2015. 
  27. ^ "Luke Evans splits from model". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  28. ^ "Luke Evans Joins Sixth 'Fast & Furious' Film". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  29. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (August 13, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Winners: 'Wonder Woman', 'Beauty And The Beast', 'Riverdale' Among Honorees". Deadline. enske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 

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