Luke Evans is a stage, film and television actor of Welsh origin. He began his acting career in the early 2000s in London’s West End theatre and by 2010, he got his Hollywood breakout role in the box-office hit Clash of the Titans. The talented actor has since recorded further box-office success in blockbusters such as Fast & Furious 6, the three-part film series The Hobbit as well as the Disney live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
Luke Evans Bio
Luke George Evans was born on April 15, 1979, in Pontypool, a town in the county borough of Torfaen, in South Wales. The only child of Yvonne and David Evans, he was raised in Aberbargoed, a small town in the Rhymney Valley. He schooled at Bedwellty Comprehensive School located in Caerphilly. He was brought up a Jehovah’s Witness but he abandoned the faith at age 16, the same age at which he left school. The following year, he moved to Cardiff and there, he studied under the tutelage of Louise Ryan, a renowned singing coach. He equally studied on a scholarship at London Studio Centre, graduating in 2000.
Evans worked as a stage actor from 2000 to 2008 during which he featured in several productions at the West End theatre, most of which were musicals. He also starred in several fringe shows in London including the Edinburgh Festival. In 2008, he reached a major career breakthrough when he played the role of Vincent in the stage drama Small Change at the Donmar Warehouse. Among several other recognitions, Evans’ portrayal of the character earned him a nomination for the Outstanding Newcomer award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. It equally gained him the attention of several film casting directors both in the UK and US.
In 2009, 30-year old Luke Evans landed his first movie role playing the Greek god Apollo in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. This was swiftly followed by roles in the biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010) and also in the British comedy film Tamara Drewe (2010). He starred in the British films Blitz (2011) and Flutter (2011) and also appeared in the 2011 adaptation of The Three Musketeers where he played the role of Musketeer Aramis.
Luke Evans had his first major movie role in the Greek epic fantasy film Immortals (2011), starring as the King of the Gods, Zeus. His film career remained on a steady rise afterwards as he recorded further movie credits including the highly successful three-part film series The Hobbit (2012-14). In the 2013 box-office monster Fast & Furious 6, the talented actor starred as the main antagonist Owen Shaw, one of his most notable film roles yet. This was followed by an epic performance as the lead star of the action horror film Dracula Untold (2014) which earned him favourable critical reviews.
Evans played the villainous character Gaston opposite Emma Watson in the Disney 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The talented actor also played the lead role of William Moulton Marston, the creator of the Wonder Woman character, in the biopic Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017). Evans soon landed a spot on the main cast of the period drama series The Alienist which debuted for its first season in January 2018.
Is He Gay?
Luke Evans is known to be an openly gay man. His sexuality has been common knowledge since the early years of his acting career. However, the talented actor has slightly downplayed this aspect of his private life in recent times in order not to shift the focus from his acting career.
Who Is The Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Wife?
Luke Evans may have plans of tying the knot sometime in the future but that is yet to happen. However, he is known to be in a relationship with Colombian-born actor and singer Victor Turpin. It remains unclear when exactly the duo first got together, however, their relationship became public knowledge in early 2018.
Prior to his present relationship, Evans had a 2-year romance with Spanish-born model and actor Jon Kortajarena which lasted from 2014 to 2016.
Since earning his Hollywood breakthrough in 2010, Luke Evans has had his fair share of blockbuster movies and had proven to be a box-office star. The Hollywood leading man has also enjoyed a couple of lucrative endorsement deals one of which is with Italian fashion accessories brand Police. The talented actor has amassed an enviable net worth of $6 million.