Shaun Evans

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Shaun Evans
Shaun Evans in Hello Goodbye at the Hampstead Theatre in 2015.jpg
Evans at the Hampstead Theatre in 2015
Born (1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 36)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002-present

Shaun Evans (born 6 March 1980) is an English actor, best known for playing a young Endeavour Morse in the ITV drama series Endeavour.

Early life[edit]

Evans' family is from Northern Ireland. Evans was born and raised in Liverpool, Merseyside, where his father worked as a taxi driver and his mother was employed as a hospital health care worker. He has a brother who is eleven months older than he.[1] Evans gained a scholarship to St. Edward's College, which he attended from 1991 to 1998, and where he began acting in school productions.[1][2]

He completed a course with the National Youth Theatre before moving to London at the age of 17-18[3] to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.[4]


His first major role was that of gay French teacher John Paul Keating in the Channel 4 comedy-drama Teachers during its second series in 2002. The following year he made his feature film debut in The Boys from County Clare, starring alongside Bernard Hill, Colm Meaney and Andrea Corr. Additional screen credits include Being Julia, The Situation, Cashback, Gone, Boy A, Telstar: The Joe Meek Story, Princess Kaiulani and Clive Barker's horror, Dread.

On television, Evans was featured in the 2002 docudrama The Project and was seen as the Earl of Southampton in the miniseries The Virgin Queen, which premiered in November 2005 on Masterpiece Theatre on PBS in the US before airing on the BBC in January 2006. His stage work includes a UK tour of the award-winning play Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall. Recent television appearances include Murder City, BBC's Ashes to Ashes, Gentley's Last Stand and four-part drama The Take from the novel by Martina Cole on Sky1. Evans also starred in Sparkle alongside Bob Hoskins and Stockard Channing (2007). He also portrayed Kurt Cobain in the Roy Smiles play Kurt and Sid, at the Trafalgar Studios, opposite Danny Dyer as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.

In 2012, Evans also played the role of new pupil Daniel in BBC legal drama Silk alongside Maxine Peake[5] and starred in the ITV series The Last Weekend.[6]


Main article: Endeavour

Since 2012, Evans has played the young Inspector Morse in Endeavour, which focuses on the detective's early career.[7] The initial episode was broadcast on 2 January 2012. Endeavor has since been recommissioned for four new episodes by ITV.


Year Title Role Awards
2002 Teachers John Paul (J.P) Keating
2003 The Boys from County Clare Teddy
2004 Being Julia Tom Fennel
2006 Gone Alex
2007 Inspector George Gently Laurie Elton Pilot episode: George Gently
2009 The Take Jimmy Jackson
2009 Ashes to Ashes Sean Irvine
2009 Dread Quaid
2011 Wreckers Nick
2012 Whitechapel Sly Driscoll
Silk Daniel Lomas
2012—present Endeavour Detective Constable Endeavour Morse
2012 The Last Weekend Ian
2014 War Book Tom
2015 The Scandalous Lady W Sir Richard Worsley


  1. ^ a b Luaine Lee (25 June 2012). "Shaun Evans puts his own ideas in 'Endeavour'". The Deseret News. McClatchy-Tribune News Service. 
  2. ^ "Acting success for former pupils". St. Edwards College Alumni News. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Davis, Laura (21 July 2007). "A truly sparkling career". Liverpool Daily Post. Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Benedict, David (15 May 2007). "Shaun Evans is 'Gone'". Variety. Archived from the original on 28 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Shaun Evans joins the cast of Silk". 18 April 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Seale, Jack (19 March 2012). "Rupert Penry-Jones and Shaun Evans for ITV1's The Last Weekend". Radio Times. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Hollingshead, Iain (5 August 2011). "Inspector Morse is an enigma – let's keep him that way". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 

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