Among all his TV appearances, Shawn Doyle is perhaps most noted for his role as Joey Henrickson, Bill’s younger brother in the Golden Globe-nominated HBO series Big Love.
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada, Doyle spent much of his early career as a fight choreographer and a teacher but eventually ventured into acting, turning out to be a critically acclaimed performer on both the big and small screen. Not surprisingly, he came from a family of entertainers, following the footsteps of his actor father, Jerry Doyle, who started an amateur drama group that traveled the world, representing Canada at festivals. He is also the cousin of popular Canadian singer Damhnait Doyle.
Doyle moved to Toronto to study theatre at York University but later moved to Los Angeles to broaden his acting credits. He recurrently appeared in the drama series, The City, as Detective McKeigan, and soon landed guest roles on several American TV series such as 24, where he played Ronnie Lobel, Desperate Housewives as Mr. Hartley, as Archie Lopez on CSI and as Atty. Duncan Forrester on the ABC hit series Lost.
Since 1999, Doyle has been recognized for his various roles on TV. He first earned a Gemini Award nomination for The City for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series” followed by a 2002 nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series” for A Killing Spring. Subsequently, he won a 2003 ACTRA Toronto Award for Outstanding Male Performance for The Eleventh Hour, where he starred as Dennis Langley. For the same role, he also earned two consecutive Gemini Award nominations in 2004 and 2005.
Doyle also made several films including Frequency, The Majestic, Knockaround Guys, Mount Pleasant, Whiteout, Sabah and Don’t Say a Word, while adding a lost list of plays, both contemporary and classical, to his credits. His work in Carol Churchill's A Number earned him the 2006 Dora (Canadian Tony) Award for Outstanding Male Performance.