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Allen Hawco

A native of the Goulds, Newfoundland and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Allan Hawco is one of the country's most exciting young actors. As co-creator, Hawco writes, stars and is one of the executive producers of the hit CBC television drama Republic of Doyle. He is also the showrunner of the series. Hawco plays Jake Doyle, the roguish and irreverent private investigator at the center of a colourful cast of characters who live and work together as an extended family while they try and run a gumshoe racket in contemporary St. John's, Newfoundland.

He has previously starred in some of the most interesting and acclaimed television dramas including ZOS: Zone of Separation, an eight-part series about the life and death struggle to enforce a United Nations-brokered ceasefire in a middle European country. (Movie Network, 2008). the political thrillers H2O (CBC, 2004) and its sequel Trojan Horse (CBC, 2007) and the World War II drama Above and Beyond (CBC, 2006). Hawco appeared as a supporting lead in Sir Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring with Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine. The emotional film screened at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and received a Best Film nomination at the Irish Film and Television Awards. Hawco recently starred in Love and Savagery directed by John Smith. His moving portrayal of a genealogist/poet who falls in love with a would-be nun, earned him an Outstanding Male Performance nomination at the 2010 ACTRA Awards.

Hawco has worked in several established theatres in the country. Select credits include the title role in Romeo and Juliet; (Shakespeare Works) and Richard III (RCA Theatre) as well as The Shape of Things (Canadian Stage Co.), The Cripple of Innishman (Centaur Theatre; Dir: Ben Barnes), Macbeth (Festival of Classics), Salt Water Moon (Saidye Bronfman Centre); You Are Here (Theatre Passe Muraille); La Ronde and Present Laughter (SoulPepper Theatre).

In 2005, Hawco co- founded The Company Theatre with Phillip Riccio. He starred in the 2009 production of Festen, which was nominated for three Dora awards, including Outstanding Production of a Play, as well as the company's inaugural production of Tom Murphy's Whistle in the Dark. All of the company's productions, which also include Marion Bridge and Through The Leaves, were critically acclaimed and enthusiastically embraced by Canadian audiences.

In September 2011, Hawco received Playback Magazine's Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes young talent who have made a significant contribution to the Canadian Film and Television industry. Mr. Hawco is also the 2011 recipient of the National Theatre School's prestigious Gascon Thomas Award, presented annually to two figures who have made an exceptional contribution to the growth of theatre in Canada.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.

Allen Hawco Facts

BirthplaceBell Island, Newfoundland, Canada

Selected Filmography

Not available.