Born in Newfoundland, Allan Hawco is an actor and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. He is most well-known for his lead role as ‘Jake Doyle’ in the CBC hit TV series “Republic of Doyle”, which he also co-created, showran, executive produced, and wrote for. Prior to this, he starred in other highly acclaimed Canadian TV productions such as “ZOS: Zone of Separation” and “Trojan Horse”, as well as in the World War II drama “Above & Beyond”. Hawco is also a co-founder of the Toronto-based theatre company “The Company Theatre”, where he received rave reviews for his performance in Tom Murphy’s “Whistle in the Dark”. In addition to his TV and theatre work, Hawco has also acted in feature films such as “Love & Savagery” and “Closing the Ring”. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Gascon Thomas Award from the National Theatre School and nominations for Gemini and ACTRA awards. Hawco has also appeared in other TV series and films such as “The Book of Negroes”, “Hyena Road”, “Weirdos”, “Frontier”, and “Caught”.
Following his graduation from the NTS in 2000, Hawco began his career on stage in Montreal and Toronto, working with esteemed theatre companies such as Centaur, Soulpepper, Canadian Stage, and Theatre Passe Muraille. In 2003, he secured guest roles in the syndicated TV series Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye and Mutant X, as well as the CTV series The Eleventh Hour. The following year, he landed a supporting role in the CBC TV movie H2O, a political thriller written by and starring Paul Gross.
In 2004, Hawco and actor Philip Riccio co-founded The Company Theatre, where they received critical acclaim for their debut production of Tom Murphy’s A Whistle in the Dark, with Hawco in a co-starring role. The play was praised by the Toronto Star’s Richard Ouzounian as “the most muscular piece of theatre we’ve seen in Toronto for some time.” The production received two 2005 Dora Award nominations, including Outstanding Production.
Hawco went on to secure supporting roles in several productions, including the CBC mini-series Above and Beyond (2006), Sir Richard Attenborough’s feature film Closing the Ring (2007), and the H2O sequel, The Trojan Horse (2008). He also had lead roles in The Movie Network’s Balkan War mini-series, ZOS: Zone of Separation (2009), and John N. Smith’s feature film Love & Savagery (2009), which earned him an ACTRA Award nomination for Outstanding Male Performance.
In 2008, Hawco co-starred in The Company Theatre’s adaptation of the Danish Dogme film Festen (The Celebration), which was nominated for three 2009 Dora Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Play. With his career on the rise, Hawco pitched CBC TV an idea for a comedy-mystery series about a father-son private eye team in St. John’s, which he co-created through his production company, Take the Shot Productions. The show, Republic of Doyle, became one of the most popular Canadian television shows of its time, earning 2010 Gemini Award nominations for Best Dramatic Series and Best Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role. It has since been broadcast in more than 90 countries.
Hawco also served as executive producer on Frontier, an action-adventure series set during the 18th century fur trade, which was produced through his company, Take the Shot Productions. The series received mixed reviews upon its debut on Discovery Channel Canada and Netflix in 2016, but was praised by the Globe and Mail’s John Doyle as “a stunningly opulent, wildly entertaining romp… blessedly lacking in earnestness and devoted to fast-paced action.” Frontier ran for three seasons and was nominated for multiple Canadian Screen Awards and Directors Guild of Canada Awards.
Allan Hawco, known for his role in the popular series Republic of Doyle, was born on Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and later moved to Goulds with his family. His father worked on the Bell Island Ferry and his mother was a former nun and elementary school teacher. Hawco initially studied business at Memorial University of Newfoundland but dropped out to attend the National Theatre School of Canada. He comes from a family of artists, with one of his brothers being a composer who has worked on Republic of Doyle, and his mother appearing as a background performer. Hawco married CBC anchor Carolyn Stokes in 2012 while working on Republic of Doyle.
Hawco is currently starring in the new drama Midnight at the Paradise and serving as Executive Producer on season two of CBC’s comedy, Son of a Critch. Directed by Vanessa Matsui, Midnight at the Paradise follows three couples at different stages of their relationships as they come together for a screening at Toronto’s Paradise Theatre. Hawco plays Alex, who is engaged to Anthea and encounters his former lover, Iris, and her husband while in the city. Together, Alex and Iris revisit their past and consider what a future together might look like.
In an interview, Hawco discussed his role in the film, his career, and how Wendell Pierce from The Wire helped him have a career epiphany. He reflected on how the Canadian film and television industry is changing for the better and giving the country a chance to showcase its talent. Despite not enjoying watching himself on screen, Hawco is proud of his performance in Midnight at the Paradise and feels that it is a special project. He also shared how his early experiences in theatre helped him find himself in a role, but he struggled to access that same level of honesty when acting on TV. Working with Wendell Pierce helped him realize how to bring himself to a role and fully explore it.
Education and Qualification
Growing up in St. John’s, Allan Hawco was the youngest of four children. His mother worked as a teacher while his father was a part-time fisherman and ferry operator. In high school, Hawco was highly involved in various activities including playing hockey, practicing Tae Kwan Do (earning a black belt), leading the Student Council, participating in the drama club, and working part-time jobs. He became friends with Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea through his older brother, Greg, who composed music for some of Hawco’s productions.
After finishing high school, Hawco briefly studied business at Memorial University of Newfoundland before dropping out to pursue his passion for acting. He acted in numerous plays in St. John’s, including a production of Macbeth by Shakespeare by the Sea. In 1997, he was one of 13 individuals selected from thousands of applicants to attend the National Theatre School (NTS) in Montreal.
Allan Hawco, a Canadian actor, writer, and executive producer, was born on July 28, 1977, in Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the youngest of four siblings and grew up in Goulds. His father, Michael Hawco, worked on the Bell Island Ferry, while his mother, Mary, was a former nun and elementary school teacher. Although he initially studied business at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, he dropped out to attend the National Theatre School of Canada.
Allan’s family has been involved in the entertainment industry, with his brother being a composer for the Republic of Doyle, his father working on the show, and his mother appearing as a background performer. He has acted in numerous movies and TV shows, including H2O, ZOS: Zone of Separation, Murdoch Mysteries, Hyena Road, and Weirdos. He has also worked as a writer and executive producer on Republic of Doyle, Frontier, Caught, and more.
Allan is married to Carolyn Stokes, a news reporter for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. They met in 2010 and got married on December 28, 2011, while working on the Republic of Doyle. Carolyn is a graduate of Memorial University and has won the Atlantic Journalism Award for arts and entertainment writing in 2003. She currently co-hosts Here & Now Late Night and Here & Now Saturday. Allan and Carolyn’s wedding was a beautiful moment in their personal and professional lives.
Awards and Nominations
Moonshine is a comedic drama that follows the Finley-Cullen family, a dysfunctional group of half-siblings competing for control of their family’s business, The Moonshine. The resort, which was once a two-star establishment, is now a rundown summer destination that struggles to attract guests. Against the backdrop of financial difficulties, crazy tourists, and small-town gossip, the Finley-Cullens must confront a long-buried secret that threatens to destroy their family once and for all. This story is a mix of Shameless and Succession, an entertaining exploration of the universal truth that everyone has a messed-up family. The Finley-Cullen women kidnap Lidia in an attempt to help her see reason, while Lidia’s ex-boyfriend Daniel and her biker boyfriend Gale bond at The Moonshine. The show has received numerous awards, including the Gascon Thomas Award from the National Theatre School in 2011 and the Outstanding Achievement Award from Playback’s Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame in 2011.
Allan Hawco, a Canadian actor and producer, has an estimated net worth of $12 million. Born in Bell Island, Newfoundland in July 1977, Hawco is best known for his role as Jake Doyle in the television series Republic of Doyle from 2010 to 2014. He has also starred in various TV series and films including ZOS: Zone of Separation, The Book of Negroes, Caught, and Frontier. In addition to his acting career, Hawco has produced Republic of Doyle, Caught, and Frontier. He received the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011. Hawco’s successful career has allowed him to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle and fancy cars. He is considered one of the richest and most influential actors in Canada.