Evan Peters (born January 20, 1987) is an American actor, best known for his multiple roles on the FX anthology series American Horror Story, Stan Bowes in the first season of the FX drama series Pose, and his role as Quicksilver in the X-Men film series, appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Dark Phoenix (2019), a role he reprised in the Marvel Studios streaming miniseries WandaVision (2021), set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.
From 2004 to 2010, Peters appeared in numerous national commercials for established brands such as Kelloggs, Papa John's Pizza and PlayStation. During this time he also had recurring roles on Disney Channel's Phil of the Future and The CW's One Tree Hill. In 2010, he had a supporting role in the superhero film Kick-Ass.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in the suburb of Ballwin, Evan Peters is the son of Julie and Phil Peters. His father is a vice president of administration for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Peters was raised in a Roman Catholic family and attended a Catholic grade school. He has a brother, Andrew, and a paternal half-sister, Michelle. In 2001, Peters moved with his family to Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he pursued modeling and took local acting classes. He attended Grand Blanc Community High School, before moving to Los Angeles at age 15 with his mother to pursue his acting career. He attended Burbank High School as a sophomore, but later began homeschooling classes.
2004–2011: Early career
On 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.
In 2004, he starred in the MGM film Sleepover as Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes, 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.
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.
2011–present: Breakthrough with American Horror Story
Peters' breakthrough role was playing the teenager Tate Langdon in the first season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story. 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.
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.
In 2014, Peters starred in the independent comedy film Adult World, opposite John Cusack and Emma Roberts. Peters played the mutant Quicksilver in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past and its 2016 sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2015, Peters starred in the horror film The Lazarus Effect and the drama film Safelight, alongside Juno Temple, and in 2016 he had a role in the comedy-drama Elvis & Nixon.
In 2019, he reprised the role of Quicksilver in the sequel film Dark Phoenix. 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.
Peters began dating actress Emma Roberts in 2012 after they worked together on the film Adult World. In July 2013, while they were staying at a hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, someone overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police. After a "heated argument," they had begun hitting each other. When the police arrived, they arrested Roberts. Peters was not arrested because Roberts did not have any immediately visible injuries. Peters declined to press charges and Roberts was released several hours later. In a joint statement, the couple called it "an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding," and stated that they were "working together to move past it." Peters confirmed in March 2014 that he and Roberts were engaged. Their relationship ended in early 2019.
From late 2019 to mid-2020, Peters was in a relationship with the singer Halsey.
|2004||Clipping Adam||Adam Sheppard|
|Sleepover||Russell "SpongeBob" Hayes|
|2007||An American Crime||Ricky Hobbs|
|Gardens of the Night||Brian / Rachel|
|Never Back Down||Max Cooperman|
|2011||Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown||Max Cooperman|
|Queen||Frat Guy||Short film|
|The Good Doctor||Donny Nixon|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver|
|2015||The Lazarus Effect||Clay|
|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 appearance|
|I Am Woman||Jeff Wald|
|2004||The Days||Cooper Day||ABC||6 episodes|
|2004–2005||Phil of the Future||Seth Wosmer||Disney Channel||5 episodes|
|2005–2006||Invasion||Jesse Varon||ABC||21 episodes|
|2008||Dirt||Craig Hope||FX||Episode: "God Bless the Child"|
|2008||Without a Trace||Craig Baskin||CBS||Episode: "A Bend in the Road"|
|2008||Monk||Eric Tavela||Showtime||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Genius"|
|2008||House||Oliver||FOX||Episode: "Last Resort"|
|2008–2009||One Tree Hill||Jack Daniels||The CW||6 episodes|
|2009||Off the Clock||Jew||Episode: "Gorgonzola y Pinto"|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Dylan||FOX||Episode: "Excessive Forces"|
|2010||Criminal Minds||Charlie Hillridge||CBS||Episode: "Mosley Lane"|
|2010||The Mentalist||Oliver McDaniel||Episode: "18-5-4"|
|2010||The Office||Luke Cooper||NBC||Episode: "Nepotism"|
|2011||Parenthood||Brandon||Episode: "New Plan"|
|2011||In Plain Sight||Joey Roston / Joey Wilson||USA Network||Episode: "Crazy Like a Witness"|
|2011||American Horror Story: Murder House||Tate Langdon||FX||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|
|2015–2016||American Horror Story: Hotel||James Patrick March||10 episodes|
|2015||China, IL||Clint (voice)||Adult Swim||Episode: "Magical Pet"|
|2016||American Horror Story: Roanoke||Edward Philipe Mott||FX||Episode: "Chapter 5"|
|Rory Monahan||3 episodes|
|2017||American Horror Story: Cult||Kai Anderson||11 episodes|
|Andy Warhol||Episode: "Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag"|
|Episode: "Drink the Kool-Aid"|
|Charles Manson||2 episodes|
|2018||Pose||Stan Bowes||8 episodes|
|2018||American Horror Story: Apocalypse||Mr. Gallant||4 episodes|
|James Patrick March||Episode: "Could It Be... Satan?"|
|Tate Langdon||Episode: "Return to Murder House"|
|Jeff Pfister||3 episodes|
|2021||WandaVision||Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver||Disney+||2 episodes; replaces Aaron Taylor-Johnson.|
|2021||American Horror Story||TBA||FX||Upcoming season, (Season 10)|
|TBA||Mare of Easttown||Detective Colin Zabel||HBO||Upcoming miniseries|
Awards and nominations
|2004||Phoenix Film Festival||Best Breakthrough Performance||Clipping Adam||Won|
|2005||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Sleepover||Nominated|
|2012||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||American Horror Story: Asylum||Nominated|
|2016||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actor on Television||American Horror Story: Hotel||Nominated|
|2018||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actor in a Movie/Limited Series||American Horror Story: Cult||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor on Television||Nominated|
|British Independent Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||American Animals||Nominated|