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Luke Evans Biography

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Birth Name: Luke Evans
Born: 04/15/1979

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.