Luke Evans (actor)

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Luke Evans

Luke Evans at WonderCon 2011
Born(1979-04-15) April 15, 1979 (age 33)
Aberbargoed, Wales
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present
 
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Luke Evans

Luke Evans at WonderCon 2011
Born(1979-04-15) April 15, 1979 (age 33)
Aberbargoed, Wales
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present

Luke Evans (born April 15, 1979) is a Welsh theatre and film actor. He is known to theatregoers for his stage roles in Rent, Miss Saigon, Small Change and Piaf, and to filmgoers for his roles in Immortals, The Three Musketeers, Clash of the Titans, and Tamara Drewe.

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Early life

Luke Evans was born and raised in Aberbargoed,[1] a small town in the Rhymney Valley, South Wales, the only child of Yvonne and David Evans.[2][3] At the age of seventeen, he moved to Cardiff,[4] where he studied under the supervision of Louise Ryan, an established singing coach.[5] In 1997 he won a scholarship to The London Studio Centre in Kings Cross, London.[6] He graduated in 2000.

Career

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, it was significant in that he gained recognition from film casting directors and US agencies from this play and he was also nominated for the Evening Standard award for best newcomer because of his performance in Small Change. 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 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.[7] Shooting took place in Budapest and Serbia in November 2010.

In 2011, he shot No One Lives, a psychological horror film directed by Ryuhei Kitamara, in New Orleans, and began filming a role in Peter Jackson's upcoming three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit playing the role of Bard the Bowman.[8]

Personal life

During his early career, Evans openly identified as gay. In a 2002 interview, he said "[E]verybody 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".[9] In 2004, he said that his acting career had not suffered by being out.[10]

In September 2010, Evans was romantically linked with a female PR executive who stated, "Luke's lovely – we're really old friends and it just sort of happened. ... We are nowhere near engaged but things are really good."[11]

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
2003TabooBillyShort
2004Miss SaigonChrisMusical
2004HardcoreCraigPlay
2009Don't Press Benjamin's ButtonsBenjamin's FatherShort
2010Cowards and MonstersPaulShort
2010Sex & Drugs & Rock & RollClive Richards
2010Clash of the TitansApollo
2010Robin HoodSheriff's Thug
2010Tamara DreweAndy Cobb
2011BlitzDI Craig Stokes
2011The Three MusketeersAramis
2011ImmortalsZeus
2011FlutterAdrianCompleted
2012AshesCrewcutPost-production
2012The RavenInspector Emmett Fields
2012No One LivesDriverFilming
2013Fast and Furious 6 / Fast 6a villain (name unavailable)[12]Filming
2013The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugBard
2014The Hobbit: There and Back AgainBard

References

  1. ^ WalesOnline - Lifestyle - Showbiz - Evans finds himself among the stars
  2. ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/rhymney-valley/2010/06/03/aberbargoed-actor-luke-evans-success-in-hollywood-91466-26573387/
  3. ^ http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/05/30/welsh-actor-luke-evans-is-hot-hollywood-property-91466-26550815/
  4. ^ Luke Evans Interview TAMARA DREWE
  5. ^ Welsh actor Luke Evans is hot Hollywood property - Wales News - News - WalesOnline
  6. ^ Luke Evans | MYmovies
  7. ^ Leins, Jeff. "Luke Evans, Alice Eve Join ‘The Raven’". News in Film. http://www.newsinfilm.com/2010/10/13/luke-evans-alice-eve-join-the-raven/. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike (2011-06-16). "Luke Evans To Play Bard in 'The Hobbit'". Deadline Hollywood. http://www.deadline.com/2011/06/luke-evans-to-play-bard-in-the-hobbit/. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  9. ^ Barclay, Paris (2002-09-03). "Breaking the Taboo". The Advocate. http://books.google.com/books?id=v2QEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA55&ots=ryIXRPJTFQ&dq=luke%20evans%20gay&pg=PA55#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Luke Goes Hardcore". QX Magazine. July 2004. http://www.qxmagazine.com/pdf/backissues/qx491.pdf. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ Turner, Robin (September 19, 2010). "Tamara Drewe star lands love and new role". WalesOnline. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/09/19/tamara-drewe-star-luke-evans-lands-love-and-musketeer-role-91466-27296101/. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/luke-evans-fast-and-furious-6-322544

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