Shawn Ashmore

Shawn Robert Ashmore (born October 7, 1979[1]) is a Canadian film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Bobby Drake / Iceman in the X-Men film series, Jake Berenson in the television series Animorphs, Agent Mike Weston in the television drama series The Following, Eric in the horror film The Ruins and Sam Spencer in the ABC series Conviction. Ashmore also plays the main character, Jack Joyce, in the 2016 video game Quantum Break, as well as Conrad in Man of Medan (2019). He is the identical twin brother of actor Aaron Ashmore.

Shawn Ashmore
Shawn Robert Ashmore

(1979-10-07) October 7, 1979
Years active1989–present
Dana Renee Wasdin (m. 2012)
RelativesAaron Ashmore
(twin brother)

Early life

Ashmore was born in Richmond, British Columbia,[1] the son of Linda, a homemaker, and Rick Ashmore, a manufacturing engineer. He was raised in St. Albert, Alberta and Brampton, Ontario, where he attended Earnscliffe Senior Public School and Turner Fenton Secondary School. His twin brother, Aaron Ashmore, is also an actor. Aaron and Shawn have played twins in several movies, but have also pursued roles independently. Aaron is slightly taller than Shawn and, according to Aaron, Shawn often gets cast as the nice guy while Aaron himself is cast as the bully.[2] They have a "GMA" tattoo on their wrists that stands for "Good Man Ashmore"; their grandfather had a similar tattoo.[3]


One of Ashmore's notable roles was as Iceman in X-Men and its sequels X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Ashmore also reprised his role as Iceman in the animated series The Super Hero Squad Show, as well as voicing the role for X-Men: The Official Game.[4][5]

Ashmore starred as Cadet Major Brad Rigby in Cadet Kelly,[6] a Disney Channel original film which aired in 2002 and he guest-starred as Eric Summers in two episodes of Smallville, a series on which his brother was later cast in the role of Jimmy Olsen.[7] Ashmore had starring roles on Animorphs as Jake Berenson and In a Heartbeat as Tyler Connell.[8][9]

In December 2004, Ashmore was cast in the lead role in the SciFi Channel mini series Legend of Earthsea, based on the novels by Ursula K. Le Guin.[10] He played the role of Ged, a young wizard-in-training, who takes advice from a Magus (Danny Glover) and falls in love with Tenar (Kristin Kreuk), the protege of the High Priestess of the Tombs of Atuan (Isabella Rossellini).[11] In 2005, Ashmore starred in a CTV TV movie about Terry Fox's historic run across Canada, which aired in September of that year.[12][13] In 2008, he starred as one of the leads in the 2008 horror film The Ruins.[14] Ashmore was cast in Adam Green's 2010 dramatic thriller Frozen as Joe Lynch.[15]

Ashmore starred in the apocalyptic siege warfare film The Day with Dominic Monaghan, Michael Eklund, Shannyn Sossamon, and Ashley Bell.[16][17] Ashmore also starred in the television drama series The Following, starring Kevin Bacon.[18][19] He reprised his role as Iceman in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past.[20][21]

In April 2016, Shawn appeared in Quantum Break, a singleplayer third-person shooter video game developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios, that features high budget live action TV show-like cut scenes where Shawn plays the main character, Jack Joyce.[22][23] He also did the motion capture and voice acting for the character.[24][25]

From October 2016 to January 2017, he played the role of Sam Spencer on the U.S. legal drama Conviction.[26][27] The series was filmed in Toronto.[28]

Personal life

On July 27, 2012, Ashmore married film executive Dana Renee Wasdin, whom he met while filming Frozen.[29] The couple has one son, born in 2017.[30][31]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Married to It Student in pageant
1998 All I Wanna Do Photographer Originally titled The Hairy Bird
2000 X-Men Bobby Drake / Iceman
2001 Wolf Girl Beau
2002 Past Present College kid Short film;
New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for Best Actor
2002 Cadet Kelly Brad Rigby Disney Channel Original Movie
2003 X2 Bobby Drake / Iceman MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Anna Paquin)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Cinescape Genre Face of the Future (Male)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry (with Anna Paquin)
2004 My Brother's Keeper Twin double Uncredited
2005 Underclassman Rob Donovan
2005 3 Needles Denys, the porn actor
2005 The Quiet Connor
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Bobby Drake / Iceman
2008 Solstice Christian
2008 The Ruins Eric
2010 Frozen Joe Lynch
2010 Hatchet II Fisherman #1 Uncredited
2010 Mother's Day George Barnum
2011 The Day Adam
2012 Mariachi Gringo Edward
2012 Already Gone Jude Mulvey Short film
2012 Breaking the Girls Eric
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bobby Drake / Iceman
2016 Hollow in the Land Darryl
2018 Acts of Violence Brandon


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Katts and Dog Episode: "Mistaken Identity"
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater Charlie Episode: "Colonel Stonesteel and the Desperate Empties"
1996 Any Mother's Son Billy TV film
1997 Flash Forward Gord Episode: "Mudpack"
1997 Promise the Moon Leviatus Bennett TV film
1997 Melanie Darrow David Abbott TV film
1997 Fast Track Young Chandler Episode: "Combustions"
1998–1999 Animorphs Jake Berenson Main role
1999 Deep in the City Tyler Episode: "Departures"
1999 Real Kids, Real Adventures Aaron Hall Episode: "Mountain Lion"
1999 At the Mercy of a Stranger Danny TV film
1999 Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow Ben Valentine TV short film
2000 Earth: Final Conflict Max Episode: "Sanctuary"
2000 The Famous Jett Jackson Chet Episode: "What You Wish For"
2000–2001 In a Heartbeat Tyler Connell Main role
2001 The Big House Trevor Brewster TV film
2001 Blackout First Son TV film
2001 The Outer Limits Morris Shottwell Episode: "Lion's Den"
2001 Wolf Girl Beau TV film
2002 Aces TV film
2002–2004 Smallville Eric Summers Episodes: "Leech", "Asylum"
2004 Earthsea Ged Miniseries;
Leo Award for Best Lead Performance By a Male in a Feature Length Drama
2005 Terry Terry Fox TV film;
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
2009 Diverted Mike Stiven TV film
2009–2010 The Super Hero Squad Show Bobby Drake / Iceman (voice) Episodes: "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High!", "The Ice Melt Cometh!"
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Fitz Miniseries
2010 Fringe Joshua Rose Episode: "Amber 31422"
2013–2015 The Following Mike Weston Main role
2016 Relationship Status Ben 3 episodes
2016–2017 Conviction Sam Spencer Main role
2018 S.W.A.T. William Tanner 1 episode
2018-2019 The Rookie Wesley Evers 6 episodes
2019 Into the Dark Thomas Episode: "Culture Shock"

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2006 X-Men: The Official Game Bobby Drake / Iceman
2016 Quantum Break Jack Joyce Also likeness and motion capture
2019 The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan Conrad Also likeness and motion capture


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