Caught Up With Canadian Star Allan Hawco

Updated: Dec 17, 2018

All photos courtesy of CBC

Allan Hawco is a known Actor, Writer, Showrunner and Executive Producer. He is one of the country’s most recognizable stars, whose wide range of talents appeal to audiences of all ages. He has the unique ability to connect to the viewer as an actor and from behind the scenes, as a writer and producer. He was born on Bell Island, and raised in The Goulds in Newfoundland.

Allan is recognized for his roles in the hit CBC television drama/comedy Republic of Doyle (2010-2014), under his own production company, Take The Shot Productions. Allan played the lead, Jake Doyle, the roguish and irreverent private investigator. In addition to its six season run, Republic of Doyle was sold to markets around the world, including syndication across the U.S.

His other works include some of the most acclaimed television productions in Canada, including Murdoch Mysteries (2013), ZOS: Zone of Separation (The Movie Network, 2008), political thrillers H20 (CBC, 2004) and Trojan Horse (CBC, 2007), as well as the World War II drama, Above & Beyond (CBC, 2006). Allan also starred opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in the CBC miniseries, The Book of Negroes (2015).

Allan’s feature film credits include major roles in Director Bruce McDonald’s award winning film Weirdos; and Director/Actor Paul Gross’ Hyena Road. Prior credits include a starring role in Love & Savagery (2009), directed by John Smith, and Sir Richard Attenborough’s Closing the Ring (2007) with Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine. Recently, Allan starred as Liam, the lead in Michael Melski’s, The Child Remains (2018).

Allan Hawco acting in Frontier starring Jason Momoa

Allan’s major accolades include awards such as the Gascon Thomas Award from the National Theatre School, an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Television Hall of Fame, a Gemini nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series (Republic of Doyle), and an ACTRA nomination for Best Male Actor (Love & Savagery).

Beyond film and television, Allan has maintained his roots in theatre as the co-founder of the Toronto based Company Theatre. There, he garnered rave reviews as the star in its inaugural production of Tom Murphy’s Whistle in the Dark, as well as for both his roles in Festen and Belleville. The Company Theatre has gone on to stage numerous productions, such as John, Domesticated, The Seagull, Speaking in Tongues, The Test, Marion Bridge, and the Dora Award winning Through the Leaves. Allan is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Take The Shot productions is currently in post production for Season 3 of the award winning television show, Frontier, starring Jason Momoa, a Netflix worldwide and Discovery Channel Canada series. It's filmed on location in St. John’s, N.L., Northern England, Scotland, and Cornwall, U.K. Frontier was created and written by Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie. Acclaimed directors on the series include Brad Peyton and John Vatcher. In addition to producing the series, Allan also plays the leading character Douglas Brown in Season 1, 2 and 3 and also serves as Executive Producer to the show.

Another one of Allan’s latest projects include Caught, which was also produced by his production company. The new series also stars Paul Gross, Eric Johnson, Tori Anderson and Enuka Okuma. It premiered on CBC on Monday, February 26th, 2018. Allan plays the lead, David Slaney, and serves as the Showrunner and Executive Producer. Caught was adapted from Lisa Moore’s acclaimed award winning novel of the same name. The show got rave reviews upon release, with John Doyle from the Globe and Mail quoted as saying: “Caught is one splendid, sizzling thriller”.

Allan in Caught on CBC.

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