Shawn Ashmore

Shawn Ashmore

Born Shawn Robert Ashmore
(1979-10-07) October 7, 1979
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Dana Renee Wasdin (m. 2012)
Relatives Aaron Ashmore (identical twin brother)

Shawn Robert Ashmore (born October 7, 1979[1]) is a Canadian film and television actor. He is known for his roles as Jake in the television series Animorphs, Agent Mike Weston in the television drama series The Following, and Bobby Drake / Iceman in the X-Men film series. Ashmore also plays the main character, Jack Joyce, in the 2016 video game Quantum Break. On 3rd October 2016, he debuted in his role of Sam Spencer in the new U.S. drama series on ABC, Conviction. Shawn is the identical twin brother of actor Aaron Ashmore.

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 Turner Fenton Secondary School, and Earnscliffe Senior Public 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]


Ashmore in January 2010

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.

Ashmore starred as Cadet Major Brad Rigby in Cadet Kelly, 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. Ashmore had starring roles on Animorphs as Jake Berenson and In a Heartbeat as Tyler Connell.

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. 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). In 2005, Ashmore starred in a CTV TV movie about Terry Fox's historic run across Canada, which aired in September of that year. In 2008, he starred as one of the leads in the 2008 horror film The Ruins. Ashmore was cast in Adam Green's 2010 dramatic thriller Frozen as Joe Lynch.

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

Shawn recently appeared in Quantum Break, a third-person shooter video game developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios, that features a TV show as cut scenes where Shawn plays the main character, Jack Joyce.

Beginning 3rd October 2016, he began his role as Sam Spencer of New York City's newly-created Conviction Integrity Unit on the new U.S. legal drama on ABC, Conviction. The pilot was actually filmed in Toronto, and the series shoots there as well.

Personal life

On July 27, 2012, Ashmore married film executive Dana Renee Wasdin, whom he met while filming Frozen.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Married to It Student in Pageant
1998 Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy Bird Photographer aka. All I Wanna Do
2000 X-Men Bobby Drake / Iceman
2001 Wolf Girl Beau TV movie
2002 Past Present College Kid Short film
New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Award for Best Actor
2002 Cadet Kelly Cadet Major Brad Rigby Disney Channel Original Movie
2003 X2: X-Men United 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 Quiet, TheThe Quiet Connor
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Bobby Drake / Iceman
2008 Solstice Christian
2008 Ruins, TheThe Ruins Eric
2010 Frozen Joe Lynch
2010 Hatchet II Fisherman #1 (uncredited)
2010 Mother's Day George Barnum
2011 Day, TheThe Day Adam
2012 Mariachi Gringo Edward
2012 Already Gone Jude Mulvey Short film
2012 Breaking the Girl Eric
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bobby Drake / Iceman
2016 Hollow in the Land Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Katts and Dog Episode: "Mistaken Identity"
1992 Ray Bradbury Theater, TheThe Ray Bradbury Theater Charlie Episode: "Colonel Stonesteel and the Desperate Empties"
1997 Flash Forward Gord Episode: "Mudpack"
1997 Promise the Moon Leviatus Bennett TV movie
1997 Melanie Darrow David Abbott TV movie
1997 Fast Track Young Chandler Episode: "Combustions"
1998–99 Animorphs Jake Berenson Main role, 26 episodes
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 movie
1999 Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow Ben Valentine TV short
2000 Earth: Final Conflict Max Episode: "Sanctuary"
2000 Famous Jett Jackson, TheThe Famous Jett Jackson Chet Episode: "What You Wish For"
2000–01 In a Heartbeat Tyler Connell Main role, 21 episodes
2001 Big House, TheThe Big House Trevor Brewster TV movie
2001 Blackout First Son TV movie
2001 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Morris Shottwell Episode: "Lion's Den"
2001 Wolf Girl Beau TV movie
2002 Aces TV movie
2002–04 Smallville Eric Summers Episodes: "Leech", "Asylum"
2004 Earthsea Ged TV miniseries
Leo Award for Best Lead Performance By a Male in a Feature Length Drama
2005 Terry Terry Fox TV movie
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 movie
2009–10 Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show Iceman Voice role; episodes: "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High!", "The Ice Melt Cometh!"
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Fitz TV miniseries
2010 Fringe Joshua Rose Episode: "Amber 31422"
2013–15 Following, TheThe Following Agent Mike Weston Main role, 45 episodes
2016 Relationship Status Ben 3 episodes
2016 Conviction Sam Spencer Main role, 6 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2006 X-Men: The Official Game Bobby Drake / Iceman Voice role
2016 Quantum Break Jack Joyce Voice, likeness and motion capture


  1. 1 2 "Shawn Ashmore". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  2. "Toronto Star".
  3. "Shawn Ashmore is married". People (magazine). August 29, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
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