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 2016
Born (1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 39)
Liverpool, England
EducationGuildhall School of Music and Drama
OccupationActor and director
Years active2002–present

Shaun Francis 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's family is from Northern Ireland. He was born and brought up in Liverpool, where his father worked as a taxi driver and his mother was a hospital health care worker. He has a brother who is eleven months older.[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 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]

In January/February 2015, he starred as "Alex" in the Peter Souter play Hello/Goodbye, with Miranda Raison playing his love interest, "Juliet".


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. Endeavour has since been recommissioned for six further series by ITV.


On 23 February 2017, it was announced that Evans would direct an episode of the BBC medical drama Casualty.[8][9] Evans said of his opportunity to direct the show: "I'm delighted to be working on Casualty. It's a terrific cast and crew and I'm very grateful for the opportunity".[9] Evans directed an episode aired on 8 July 2017.[10] He has since returned to the show to direct another two episodes, which aired on 19 and 26 May 2018.[11][12]


Year Title Role Awards
2002 Teachers John Paul (J.P) Keating
2003 The Boys from County Clare Teddy
2004 Being Julia Tom Fennel
2006 Cashback Sean Higgin
2006 Gone Alex
2007 Boy A Chris
2007 Inspector George Gently Laurie Elton Pilot episode: "George Gently"
2009 Princess Kaiulani Clive Davies
The Take Jimmy Jackson
Ashes to Ashes Kevin Hales
Dread Quaid
2011 Wreckers Nick
2012 Whitechapel Sly Driscoll
Silk Daniel Lomas
The Last Weekend Ian
2012–present Endeavour Detective Constable/Sergeant Endeavour Morse
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.
  8. ^ "Shaun Evans to direct Casualty!". BBC Online. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b Dainty, Sophie (23 February 2017). "Endeavour star Shaun Evans swaps acting for directing as he joins Casualty". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  10. ^ Writer: Suzanne Cowie; Director: Shaun Evans; Producer: Jo Johnson (8 July 2018). "Man Up". Casualty. BBC. BBC One.
  11. ^ Writer: Julie Dixon; Director: Shaun Evans; Producer: Jo Johnson (19 May 2018). "Episode 35". Casualty. BBC. BBC One.
  12. ^ Writer: Debbie Owen; Director: Shaun Evans; Producer: Jo Johnson (26 May 2018). "Episode 36". Casualty. BBC. BBC One.

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