Shawn Doyle

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Shawn Doyle
Born (1968-09-19) September 19, 1968 (age 50)
Wabush, Labrador, Canada
Years active1996–present

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


Doyle was born and raised in Wabush (Labrador), Newfoundland. He was exposed to acting at young age, as 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 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, 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 the fall of 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 played in an episode of CBS's Vegas as FBI agent Patrick Byrne in 2013. 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 Title
2000 Frequency
2001 Don’t Say a Word
2005 Sabah: A Love Story
2009 Whiteout
2011 John A.: Birth of a Country


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2005 The Eleventh Hour Dennis Langley
2004 Desperate Housewives Mr Hartley
2005 24 Ronnie Lobell
2006–2010 Big Love Joey Henrickson
2008 Lost Duncan Forrester Episode "Eggtown"
2011 Endgame Arkady Balagan Lead role
2014 House of Cards Alan Cooke
2014 Fargo Vern Thurman Guest role
2014 Covert Affairs Aleksandre Belenko Season 5 recurring
2015–2018 The Expanse Sadavir Errinwright
2015 This Life Andrew Wallace Season 1 recurring
2016– Frontier Samuel Grant
2017 Bellevue Peter Welland Lead role
2018 Impulse Jeremiah Miller


Year Award Film/TV show Role Result
2013 ACTRA award for Outstanding Performance - Male The Disappeared Pete[8] Won
2013 Canadian Screen Award 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
2003 ACTRA Toronto Award for Outstanding Performance - Male The Eleventh Hour Dennis Langley[10] Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Interview: The Star of Fargo on Being a Dad". April 21, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "'Big Love' showed too much love to big cast". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Frederick, Brittany (January 9, 2012). "Q&A: Shawn Doyle Plays A Brilliant 'Endgame'". Retrieved October 1, 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 (July 29, 2014). "'Covert Affairs' Taps 'Fargo' Thesp Shawn Doyle in Recurring Role". Retrieved October 1, 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 October 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Shandi Mitchell | Shawn Doyle Wins Outstanding Performance Award". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  9. ^ a b MORGAN, AIDAN. "Shawn Doyle". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  10. ^ Tillson, Tamsen (February 7, 2003). "ACTRA awards back". Variety. Retrieved January 14, 2017.

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