Shawn Doyle

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Shawn Doyle
Born September 1968 (age 48)
Wabush, NL, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

Shawn Doyle (born September 19, 1968) is a Canadian actor.

Background and Career[edit]

Doyle was born and raised in Wabush (Labrador), Newfoundland. Doyle was exposed to acting at young age, his father was the founder of a local theatre group.[1] Later he moved to Toronto to study theatre at York University.

He has won three awards for his critically acclaimed performance as Dennis Langley in The Eleventh Hour. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has also starred in the American shows 24 as Ronnie Lobell, Desperate Housewives as Mr. Hartley and in Big Love.[2] He has also made several film appearances: as Jack Shepard in Frequency, Brian in 1998's Babyface, Stephen in the 2005 film Sabah, A Love Story, and as Ray in Grown Up Movie Star (which he co-produced). Other roles include John in the film adaptation of The Robber Bride and a lawyer in Lost. He had a recurring turn as "Joey Henrickson" a former NFL player and brother of Bill Henrickson, the main character in the HBO series Big Love. He had a brief role on the short-lived but acclaimed FX series Terriers. He starred as agoraphobic chess genius Arkady Balagan in the Showcase original series Endgame.[3] In fall 2011 he starred as the future first Canadian prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald in the CBC TV movie John A.: Birth of a Country. His performance won him a 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a television film or miniseries.[4]

In 2012 he appeared in an episode of King. He has appeared in two episodes of Republic of Doyle as Carl Maher. He appeared in the Canadian film The Disappeared in the fall of 2012. He recently played in an episode of NBC's Vegas as FBI agent Patrick Bern. In 2013, he began the recurring role of Isaac Taft on the Canada-based Syfy series Lost Girl. 2014 saw Doyle portray Aleksandre Belenko on Covert Affairs.[5] He portrays Will Graham's defense attorney Leonard Brower on NBC's Hannibal, appeared as Chief of Police Vern Thurman on Fargo,[1] and portrays Jackie Sharp's boyfriend (then later husband), Alan Cooke on House of Cards.[6] In 2015, he appeared in a recurring role on This Life as high school principal, Andrew Wallace, and Sadavir Errinwright on the Syfy series The Expanse.[7]


Year Award Film/TV Show Role Result
2013 ACTRA award for Outstanding Performance The Disappeared Pete[8] Won
2013 Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a television film or miniseries John A.: Birth of a Country John A. Macdonald[4] Won
2007 Gemini Award for Outstanding Male Performance In A Dramatic Program Or Miniseries The Robber Bride John Grismer Won
2005 Gemini Nomination for Outstanding Performance In A Guest-starring Role The Eleventh Hour Dennis Langley[9] Nominated
2004 Gemini Nomination for Outstanding Male Performance In A Leading Role The Eleventh Hour Dennis Langley[9] Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Interview: The Star of Fargo on Being a Dad". 21 April 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "'Big Love' showed too much love to big cast". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Frederick, Brittany (9 January 2012). "Q&A: Shawn Doyle Plays A Brilliant 'Endgame'". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "CBC's Rick Mercer Report snags 3 Canadian Screen Awards". CBC News. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Prudom, Laura (29 July 2014). "'Covert Affairs' Taps 'Fargo' Thesp Shawn Doyle in Recurring Role". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Labrador actor Shawn Doyle scores role on House of Cards". Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ "SHAWN DOYLE The Expanse, House of Cards & MORE «  Sea and be Scene". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Shandi Mitchell | Shawn Doyle Wins Outstanding Performance Award". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  9. ^ a b MORGAN, AIDAN. "Shawn Doyle". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 

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