Shawn Doyle
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Full Name
  • Shawn Doyle
  • Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • 1968
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Shawn Doyle (born 1968) is a Canadian film and television actor who portrayed Claude de Guise on the first season of Reign.


Born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada, Shawn Doyle has become a familiar face to audiences worldwide, turning out critically acclaimed performances on both the big and small screen.


With his move to Los Angeles in 2005, Shawn quickly amassed an impressive list of credits with recurring roles on Desperate Housewives (2004) and 24 (2001), and guest-star roles on Lie to Me (2009), _"Terriers"(2010)_, Dark Blue (2009), Lost (2004), Numb3rs (2005) and Blind Justice (2005). In 2010 he said goodbye to his regular role as Joey in the hit series Big Love (2006) to portray the brilliant, charismatic and egocentric Balagan in Endgame (2011).

Prior to moving south, Shawn starred in the critically-acclaimed Canadian series Bury the Lead (2002) and received the 2002 ACTRA Award and a 2004 Gemini (Canadian Emmy) Nomination, both for Outstanding Male Performance In A Leading Role, and a 2005 Gemini Nomination for Outstanding Performance In A Guest-starring Role. He starred opposite 'Mary-Louise Parker' in the CBC/BBC movie The Robber Bride (2007), which garnered him a Gemini Award for Outstanding Male Performance In A Dramatic Program Or Miniseries. Other Canadian television credits include the CBC miniseries Guns (2008), The City (1999) (Gemini Nom.), Scar Tissue (2002), A Killing Spring (2002) (Gemini Nom), Criminal Instincts (2000), Peacekeepers (1997) and the miniseries Dieppe (1993). He will soon be starring as the Father of Canadian Confederation John A. Macdonald in the movie "The Rivals".

Shawn's film credits include Grown Up Movie Star (2009), White Out (2008), Sabah (2005), Don't Say a Word (2001), Frequency (2000), The Majestic (2001), Knockaround Guys (2001) and Mount Pleasant (2006).

On stage, Shawn has performed in a long list of plays, both contemporary and classical. His most recent outing in 'Carol Churchill's "A Number" earned him the 2006 Dora (Canadian Tony) Award for Outstanding Male Performance.



Year Title Role
1996 Darkman III: Die Darkman Die Adam
The Long Kiss Goodnight Donlevy Bum Cop
Giant Mine Al Shearing
The Hangman's Bride Jean Corolere
1997 Peacekeepers Pte. Cobourne
1998 Papertrail Chuck Switzer
Babyface Brian
Sleeping Dogs Lie Hammond
1999 Rabbit Punch Sidney
Justice N/A
2000 Frequency Jack Shepard
Who Killed Atlanta's Children? Royal McCullough
2001 Stiletto Dance Anton Seaberg
Alien Factor 2: The Alien Rampage Mayor Henry Kidd
Knockaround Guys Deputy Ward
Who Is Cletis Tout? Crow Gollotti
Don't Say a Word Russel Maddox
The Majestic Federal Agent Saunders
2002 A Killing Spring Detective Alex Emanuel
Verdict in Blood Alex Emanuel
Scar Tissue Daniel Nevsky
2003 Do or Die Det. Alan Yann
2005 Sabah Stephen Montpellier
2006 Eight Days to Live Tim Spring
Just Visiting Karl
Mount Pleasant Stephen Burrows
2007 The Robber Bride John Grismer
2009 Whiteout Sam Murphy
Grown Up Movie Star Ray
2011 John A.: Birth of a Country John A. Macdonald
2013 Method Daniel O'Shea
Hunting Season Charlie
The Returned Jacob
2014 Lizzie Borden Took an Ax Marshall Hilliard
2015 The Sons of Summer James Dalton


Year Title Role
1993 Top Cops Douglas
1995-1996 Side Effects Billy McFee
1996 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Brad Peck
1998 The Last Don II Bruno
Earth: Final Conflict Lazarus
Due South Dwight Jones
1999 The City Detective McKeigan
Storm of the Century Lucien Fournier
Foolish Heart Brennon
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Archie Lopez
2004-2005 Desperate Housewives Mr. Hartley
2005 24 Ronnie Lobell
Blind Justice Randy Lyman
2002-2005 Bury the Lead Dennis Langley
2008 Lost Atty. Duncan Forrester
Numb3rs Shane O'Hanahan
Rent-a-Goalie Eustace Ridgeway
2009 Medium Det. Brad Auerbach
Guns Rick Merriweather
Dark Blue Mike O'Neill
2006-2010 Big Love Joey Henrickson
2010 Terriers Armand Foster
Lie To Me Mike Salinger
2011 Endgame Arkady Balagan
2010-2012 Republic of Doyle Carl Maher
2012 King Pete Rivers
Saving Hope Scott Cockburn
Flashpoint Brendan Rogan
2013 Lost Girl Dr. Isaac Felt
Vegas Patrick Byrne
King & Maxwell Nikoloz Arziani
Reign Claude de Guise
2014 Hannibal Leonard Brauer
Fargo Vern Thurman
The Listener Samuel Murley
Rookie Blue Ted McDonald
Covert Affairs Aleksandre Belenko



  • Cousin is the well-known Canadian singer Damhnait Doyle. Spent much of his early career as a Fight Choreographer/Teacher.
  • Moved to Toronto to study theatre at York University.
  • Born in Wabush, a mining town in Northern Canada. Father began an amateur drama group that traveled the world, representing Canada at festivals.
  • He is not the only actor on Reign to have the last name Doyle, so does Joe Doyle.

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