Born and raised in Calgary, Evan Williams realized he loved performing when he sang in the church choir at the ripe age of eight years old. He segued into musical theater, which he performed throughout grade school and high school. The highlight was portraying the title role in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at his high school.
Williams studied theater at Ryerson University and graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts. After graduation he moved to Toronto where he started acting professionally. His first role was in the feature film, Save the Last Dance II, and he worked continuously from there. Williams had roles on the popular Canadian series, “DeGrassi: The Next Generation,” in which he appeared for two seasons; the title role in the TV series “Baxter,” which aired on Starz in the United States; the feature film Grey Gardens, starring Drew Barrymore; independent comedy, Lloyd the Conqueror and a recurring role on the MTV series, “Awkward.”
Williams starred for three seasons on the period drama series “Versailles,” which was a historical drama that focused on the court of France’s greatest monarch, Louis XIV. In the series he portrayed the Chevalier of Lorraine and relished the challenge of playing a “hero and anti-hero” that people will love to hate. This work earned him a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series.
Williams was seen recently as Eddy Robinson Jr. in the ambitious project, Blonde, for Netflix. Directed by Andrew Dominik and based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, it tells the story of the inner conflicts of Marilyn Monroe.
Williams also starred in the feature film thriller, The Escape Room and will be seen next as Jack in the independent film, 1 Million Followers.
By far, Williams’ greatest passion is as a humanitarian. He has rolled up his sleeves to work with refugees – most recently in Calais, France when he was filming “Versailles” – and is working with BuildOn to help the people of Nepal rebuild following their deadly earthquake.
In addition to his love for acting, Williams is a musician and visual artist. Writing and directing many of his own music videos, pioneering animation techniques, and creating all original album art, Williams enjoys experimenting with creation across media. His solo music project, Bright World, has recently released a celebrated full-length studio album entitled Cloud Parade, which can be heard on any of the major music streaming services.