Evan Peters
Peters at 2019 WonderCon
Born
Evan Thomas Peters

(1987-01-20) January 20, 1987 (age 37)
OccupationActor
Years active2004–present

Evan Thomas Peters (born January 20, 1987[1]) is an American actor. He made his acting debut in the 2004 drama film Clipping Adam and starred in the ABC science fiction series Invasion from 2005 to 2006.

Peters gained wide recognition for playing multiple roles over ten seasons in Ryan Murphy's FX anthology series American Horror Story, from 2011 to 2021. His performance as a detective in the HBO crime miniseries Mare of Easttown (2021) won him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. For portraying the titular character in Murphy's Netflix miniseries Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (2022), he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.

In film, Peters has played a supporting role in the superhero film Kick-Ass (2010), and Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver in the X-Men film series (2014–2019). He also received a nomination for the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing a rebellious student in the heist film American Animals (2018).

Early life

Evan Thomas Peters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to parents Julie (née DeWald)[2] and Phillip Peters, and raised in the suburb of Ballwin.[1] His father is a vice president of administration for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.[3] His parents are both of German ancestry.[4][5][6][7]

Peters was brought up Catholic and attended a Catholic school.[8] He has an older brother, Andrew, and an older paternal half-sister, Michelle.[1] In 2001, Peters moved with his family to Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he pursued modeling and took local acting classes.[3] He attended Grand Blanc Community High School,[3] before moving to Los Angeles at age 15 with his mother to pursue his acting career.[1] He attended Burbank High School as a sophomore, but later began homeschooling classes.[3]

Career

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2004–2010: Career beginnings and Kick Ass

At his second audition, Peters was chosen by producer Michael Picchiottino for the role of Adam Sheppard in the film Clipping Adam. The role earned him the award for Best Breakthrough Performance at the Phoenix Film Festival. He performed in numerous television commercials for Sony PlayStation, Progressive Insurance, Moviefone, Sour Patch Kids, Papa John's Pizza, and Kellogg's.

In 2004, he starred in the MGM film Sleepover as Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes,[9] and appeared in the ABC series The Days as Cooper Day. From 2004 to 2005, he had a recurring role as Seth Wosmer in the first season of the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future. From 2005 to 2006, he portrayed Jesse Varon in the ABC sci-fi thriller series Invasion.

Peters then had supporting roles in the films An American Crime (2007), Gardens of the Night (2008), Never Back Down (2008), and its sequel Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011). He has also starred in several theater plays, including playing Fagin in a production of Oliver Twist at the Met Theater. In 2008, he had a recurring role as Jack Daniels on The CW teen-drama series One Tree Hill. In addition, he landed many one episode guest spots in television series such as The Mentalist, House, Monk, The Office, In Plain Sight, and Parenthood.[10]

In 2010, he appeared in the supporting role of Todd Haynes, the main character's best friend, in the superhero film Kick-Ass. Peters was unable to reprise his role in the 2013 sequel due to scheduling conflicts with his role in the second season of American Horror Story.[11]

2011–present: American Horror Story, Quicksilver and Dahmer

Peters at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International

Peters' breakthrough role was playing the teenager Tate Langdon in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story.[12] In the second season, subtitled Asylum, he starred as Kit Walker, a man wrongly accused of killing his wife; this role earned him a nomination for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.[13][14]

In the third season, subtitled Coven, he portrayed Kyle Spencer, a frat boy who is killed and brought back to life as a Frankenstein's monster type of creature. In the fourth season of the series, subtitled Freak Show, he played Jimmy Darling, a circus performer with deformed hands.[15]

In 2014, Peters starred in the independent comedy film Adult World, opposite John Cusack and Emma Roberts.[16] Peters played the mutant Peter Maximoff, based on Quicksilver, in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past[17] and its 2016 sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse.[18] In 2015, Peters starred in the horror film The Lazarus Effect, the drama film Safelight, alongside Juno Temple, and played the role of a wealthy oil businessman and serial killer named James Patrick March in the fifth season of American Horror Story, subtitled Hotel. In 2016 he had a role in the comedy-drama Elvis & Nixon and dual characters Edward Philipe Mott and Rory Monahan in American Horror Story: Roanoke.

2017 saw Peters play the lead in The Pirates of Somalia and earn a Critics' Choice nomination for his performance on American Horror Story: Cult. The next year, Peters played the lead in the heist film American Animals, collaborated once again with Ryan Murphy by acting in the first season of the FX drama Pose, ending the year with the portrayal of several characters in the American Horror Story crossover season, subtitled Apocalypse.

In 2019, he reprised the role of Quicksilver in the sequel film Dark Phoenix.[19] Following The Walt Disney Company's purchase of 21st Century Fox, all X-Men related characters were transferred back to Marvel Studios. In 2021, Peters made a surprise appearance in the Disney+ series WandaVision, portraying an alternate version of his character from the X-Men film series,[20] later revealed to be an imposter named Ralph Bohner.[21] Also that year, Peters starred in Mare of Easttown, an HBO miniseries about a troubled police detective, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series.[22][23][24] The end of the year saw Peters return to the American Horror Story universe, playing writer and entertainer Austin Sommers in the first part, Red Tide, of the tenth season.

In 2022, Peters portrayed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Ryan Murphy created Netflix miniseries, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.[25][26] In June 2023, it was announced that Peters would join the cast of Tron: Ares alongside Jared Leto.[27]

Personal life

In 2012, Peters began dating actress Emma Roberts, whom he met on the set of the film Adult World.[28] In July 2013, while they were staying at a hotel in Montreal, Canada, someone overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police. After a "heated argument," they had begun hitting each other.[29] When the police arrived, they arrested Roberts.[30] Peters was not arrested because Roberts did not have any immediately visible injuries.[31] Peters declined to press charges, and Roberts was released several hours later.[32] In a joint statement, the couple called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they were "working together to move past it."[32] Peters confirmed in March 2014 that he and Roberts were engaged.[33] In March 2019, it was announced that Peters and Roberts had ended the relationship.[34]

Later in September 2019, Peters was pictured with the singer Halsey, and they were confirmed to be dating the following month. The couple were in a relationship until March 2020.[35][36]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Clipping Adam Adam Sheppard
Sleepover Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes
2007 An American Crime Ricky Hobbs
Mama's Boy Keith Uncredited
2008 Remarkable Power Ross
Gardens of the Night Brian / Rachel
Never Back Down Max Cooperman
2010 Kick-Ass Todd Haynes
2011 Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown Max Cooperman
Queen Frat Guy Short film
The Good Doctor Donny Nixon
2014 Adult World Alex
X-Men: Days of Future Past Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
2015 The Lazarus Effect Clay
Safelight Charles
2016 Elvis & Nixon Dwight Chapin
X-Men: Apocalypse Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
2017 The Pirates of Somalia Jay Bahadur
The Accomplice Randy Short film
2018 American Animals Warren Lipka
Deadpool 2 Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver Cameo[37]
2019 Dark Phoenix Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver
I Am Woman Jeff Wald
2023 Wish Simon Voice role
TBA Tron: Ares Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Days Cooper Day 6 episodes
2004–2005 Phil of the Future Seth Wosmer 5 episodes
2005–2006 Invasion Jesse Varon 21 episodes
2008 Dirt Craig Hope Episode: "God Bless the Child"
Without a Trace Craig Baskin Episode: "A Bend in the Road"
Monk Eric Tavela Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Genius"
House Oliver Episode: "Last Resort"
2008–2009 One Tree Hill Jack Daniels 6 episodes
2009 Off the Clock Jew Episode: "Gorgonzola y Pinto"
Ghost Whisperer Dylan Episode: "Excessive Forces"
2010 Criminal Minds Charlie Hillridge Episode: "Mosley Lane"
The Mentalist Oliver McDaniel Episode: "18-5-4"
The Office Luke Cooper Episode: "Nepotism"
2011 Parenthood Brandon Episode: "New Plan"
In Plain Sight Joey Roston / Joey Wilson Episode: "Crazy Like a Witness"
American Horror Story: Murder House Tate Langdon 12 episodes
2012–2013 American Horror Story: Asylum Kit Walker 13 episodes
2013–2014 American Horror Story: Coven Kyle Spencer 11 episodes
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Jimmy Darling 13 episodes
2015 China, IL Clint (voice) Episode: "Magical Pet"
2015–2016 American Horror Story: Hotel James Patrick March 10 episodes
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Edward Philipe Mott / Rory Monahan 4 episodes
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Kai Anderson / Andy Warhol / Marshall Applewhite /
David Koresh / Jim Jones / Jesus / Charles Manson
11 episodes
2018 Pose Stan Bowes 8 episodes
American Horror Story: Apocalypse Mr. Gallant / James Patrick March / Tate Langdon / Jeff Pfister 10 episodes
2021 WandaVision Ralph Bohner / "Pietro Maximoff" 4 episodes
Marvel Studios: Assembled Himself Episode: "The Making of WandaVision"
Mare of Easttown Detective Colin Zabel 4 episodes
American Horror Story: Double Feature Austin Sommers 5 episodes; also producer
2022 Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Jeffrey Dahmer 10 episodes; also executive producer

Awards and nominations

Organizations Year[a] Category Work Result Ref(s)
Astra TV Awards[b] 2021 Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie Mare of Easttown Won [38]
2023 Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Won [39]
British Independent Film Awards 2018 Best Supporting Actor American Animals Nominated [40]
Critics' Choice Super Awards 2023 Best Actor in a Horror Series, Limited Series or Made-for-TV Movie Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Won [41]
Critics' Choice Television Awards 2018 Best Actor in a Movie/Limited Series American Horror Story: Cult Nominated [42]
2022 Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Mare of Easttown Nominated [43]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2016 Best Supporting Actor on Television American Horror Story: Hotel Nominated [44]
Golden Globe Awards 2023 Best Actor – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Motion Picture Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Won [45]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2017 #Squad[c] X-Men: Apocalypse Nominated [46]
Phoenix Film Festival 2004 Best Breakthrough Performance Clipping Adam Won [47]
Primetime Emmy Awards 2021 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Mare of Easttown Won [48]
2023 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Nominated
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series (as executive producer) Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards 2023 Outstanding Producer of Limited or Anthology Series Television Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Nominated [49]
Satellite Awards 2012 Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film American Horror Story: Asylum Nominated [50]
2022 Mare of Easttown Won [51]
2023 Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Won [52]
Saturn Awards 2018 Best Supporting Actor on Television American Horror Story: Cult Nominated [53]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2022 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Mare of Easttown Nominated [54]
2023 Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story Nominated [55]
Teen Choice Awards 2016 Choice Movie: Scene Stealer X-Men: Apocalypse Nominated [56]
Young Artist Awards 2005 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast[d] Sleepover Nominated [57]

Notes

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