Shaun Evans

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Shaun Evans
Born(1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 34)
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Years active2002-
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Shaun Evans
Born(1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 34)
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Years active2002-

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

Early life[edit]

Evans' family is from Northern Ireland. Evans grew up in Liverpool where his father worked as a taxi driver and his mother was employed as a hospital health care worker. He has a brother 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 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

In August 2011, it was announced that he would be playing the young Inspector Morse in Endeavour, which would focus on the detective's early career.[7]

An initial episode was broadcast on 2 January 2012 which, since successfully received, resulted in recommissioning for four new episodes by ITV, with filming commencing in summer of 2012 and airing from 14 April 2013.[8] It was announced on 5 June 2013 that because of the phenomenal success of the first series and consistently high ratings, ITV had recommissioned Endeavour for a second series of four episodes. Filming began in Oxford towards the end of 2013 and the series began airing on 30 March 2014.


2007Inspector George GentlyLaurie EltonPilot episode: George Gently
2012WhitechapelSly Driscoll
SilkDaniel Lomas
2012—EndeavourDC Endeavour Morse
2012The Last WeekendIan
2014War BookTom


  1. ^ a b Luaine Lee (25 June 2012). "Shaun Evans puts his own ideas in 'Endeavour'". The Desert News. McClatchy-Tribune News Service. 
  2. ^ "Acting success for former pupils". St. Edwards College Alumni News. 6 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Davis, Laura (21 July 2007). "A truly sparkling career". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Benedict, David (15 May 2007). "Shaun Evans is 'Gone'". Variety. 
  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 Plays Young Inspector Morse, Daily Mail, 30 December 2011

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