Joining a respected line of Welsh actors that includes Richard Burton and Ioan Gruffudd, Luke Evans hit the silver screen with numerous projects that were released during the early 2010s, paving the w...
|No One Lives||2013||Actor||Driver||20137|
|The Raven||2012||Actor||Detective Field||20127|
|The Three Musketeers||2011||Actor||Aramis||20117|
|Tamara Drewe||2010||Actor||Andy Cobb||20107|
|Fast & Furious 6||2013||Actor||Shaw||20137|
|The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||2013||Actor||Bard/Girion||20137|
|Clash of the Titans||2010||Actor||Apollo||20107|
|Robin Hood||2010||Actor||Sheriff's Thug||20107|
|Appeared in "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"|
|Landed his first screen role as Apollo in "Clash of the Titans"|
|Portrayed Aramis in "The Three Musketeers"|
|Appeared as Bard the Bowman in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"|
|Played a key villain in "Fast & Furious 6"|
|Featured as Zeus in "Immortals"|
|Cast as the main character in the big-budget reboot of "The Crow"|
Born in Wales and raised in the largely rural area of Aberbargoed, Evans set his sights on city living as a youth, eventually moving to Cardiff as a teen to pursue music and drama. Later relocating to London for further stage training, he soon won roles in various musicals on the West End. Featured in British theater for nearly a decade, Evans finally shifted to movies around age 30, shooting his earliest film parts as Greek god Apollo in "Clash of the Titans" and Clive Richards in the Ian Dury biopic "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" within weeks of each other. With barely a breather, he had a small turn in Ridley Scott's reworking of "Robin Hood" (2010) as the tough henchman of Matthew Macfadyen's Sheriff of Nottingham, and played up his country roots as dashing farmer Andy Cobb in Stephen Frears' "Tamara Drewe" (2010), where he pined for Gemma Arterton's lovely title character.
Although Evans came out as being gay years earlier, his climb up the cinematic ladder coincided with public relations executive Holly Goodchild revealing that she was in a relationship with him, baffling those eager to uncover more about his personal life. Regardless of his sexuality, Evans continued to surge ahead in his career, playing the ambitious Aramis in Paul W.S. Anderson's action-heavy clunker "The Three Musketeers" and landing his second turn as a mythological figure by portraying Zeus in Tarsem Singh's stylized adventure movie "Immortals." Slowing down only slightly, he appeared in the important role of determined detective Emmett Fields in the dark, violent period thriller "The Raven" (2012), inheriting the part from Jeremy Renner. After a foray into even grislier fare with the lead in the low-budget horror film "No One Lives" (2012), Evans prepared for more Hollywood work.
Evans had a banner year in 2013, first turning up as the villainous Owen Shaw in the chase-filled action flick "Fast & Furious 6" and then entering the Middle-earth pantheon as the steely archer Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Slated to appear in its epic 2014 follow-up, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," Evans seemed destined to have Bard as his signature character when he signed on as the title character of "The Crow," a high-profile revamp of the comic-book-based series that follows goth hero Eric Draven as he returns from the dead to exact vengeance on his killers. In just a few years on the screen, Evans had become a Hollywood leading man.
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|"I was lucky enough to get a role in 'Clash of the Titans' and 'Robin Hood' and 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.' I got them all in four days of each other and I couldn't believe what was happening. That was last March, and now I'm on my ninth movie. The roles have gotten bigger and now I'm doing press on movies, which is even stranger." - from Collider, Oct. 7, 2010|
|"For me, when [Tarsem] told me that he wanted me to play Zeus, I was like, 'That's always been played by an old man, like Lawrence Olivier or Liam Neeson.' He convinced me, he said, 'No, you can do this. This is a new take.' And you just go, 'Okay, I surrender, I'll follow you and you'll lead me.' That's what we had to do in this film." - from Screen Rant, November 2011|
|Three of Evans' most notable roles have been legendary figures with extensive histories: Greek gods Apollo and Zeus, and Aramis of The Three Musketeers.|
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