Evan Thomas Peters (born January 20, 1987) is an American actor. He is known for his multiple roles on the FX anthology series American Horror Story; as Detective Colin Zabel in the HBO crime drama limited series Mare of Easttown, which won him a Primetime Emmy Award in 2021; as Stan Bowes in the first season of the FX ballroom drama series Pose; as Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver in the X-Men film series (2014-2019) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe series WandaVision; and as the titular character in the Netflix series Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

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. +more In 2010, he had a supporting role in the superhero film Kick-Ass.

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Early life

Evan Thomas Peters was born in St. +more Louis, Missouri, to parents Julie and Phillip Peters, and raised in the suburb of Ballwin. His father is a vice president of administration for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Peters was brought up Catholic and attended a Catholic school. He has an older brother, Andrew, and an older paternal half-sister, Michelle. +more 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.

Career

2004-2010: Career beginnings and Kick Ass

At 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. +more He performed in numerous television commercials for Sony PlayStation, Progressive Insurance, Moviefone, Sour Patch Kids, Papa John's Pizza, and Kellogg's.

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. +more 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. +more 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: American Horror Story, Quicksilver and Dahmer

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 Peter Maximoff, based on Quicksilver, in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past and its 2016 sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. +more In 2015, Peters starred in the horror film The Lazarus Effect, the drama film Safelight, alongside Juno Temple, and played the role of a wealthy oil businessman and serial killer named James Patrick March in the fifth season of American Horror Story, subtitled Hotel. In 2016 he had a role in the comedy-drama Elvis & Nixon and dual characters Edward Philipe Mott and Rory Monahan in American Horror Story: Roanoke.

2017 saw Peters play the lead in The Pirates of Somalia and earn a Critics' Choice nomination for his performance on American Horror Story: Cult. The next year, Peters played the lead in the heist film American Animals, collaborated once again with Ryan Murphy by acting in the first season of the FX drama Pose, ending the year with the portrayal of several characters in the American Horror Story crossover season, subtitled Apocalypse.

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. +more 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, later revealed to be an imposter named Ralph Bohner. Also that year, Peters starred in Mare of Easttown, an HBO miniseries about a troubled police detective, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series. The end of the year saw Peters return to the American Horror Story universe, playing writer and entertainer Austin Sommers in the first part, Red Tide, of the tenth season.

In 2022, Peters portrayed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the Ryan Murphy created Netflix miniseries, Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

Personal life

In 2012, Peters began dating actress Emma Roberts, whom he met on the set of the film Adult World. In July 2013, while they were staying at a hotel in Montreal, Canada, someone overheard a dispute coming from their room and called the police. +more 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. In March 2019, it was announced that Peters and Roberts had ended the relationship.

Later in September of 2019, Peters was pictured with the singer Halsey, and they were confirmed to be dating the following month. The couple were in a relationship until March 2020.

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
2004Clipping AdamAdam Sheppard
2004SleepoverRussell "SpongeBob" Hayes
2007An American CrimeRicky Hobbs
2007Mama's BoyKeithUncredited
2008Remarkable PowerRoss
2008Gardens of the NightBrian / Rachel
2008Never Back DownMax Cooperman
2010Kick-AssTodd Haynes
2011Never Back Down 2: The BeatdownMax Cooperman
2011QueenFrat GuyShort film
2011The Good DoctorDonny Nixon
2014Adult WorldAlex
2014X-Men: Days of Future PastPeter Maximoff / Quicksilver
2015The Lazarus EffectClay
2015SafelightCharles
2016Elvis & NixonDwight Chapin
2016X-Men: ApocalypsePeter Maximoff / Quicksilver
2017The Pirates of SomaliaJay Bahadur
2017The AccompliceRandyShort film
2018American AnimalsWarren Lipka
2018Deadpool 2Peter Maximoff / QuicksilverCameo appearance
2019Dark PhoenixPeter Maximoff / Quicksilver
2019I Am WomanJeff Wald

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004The DaysCooper Day6 episodes
2004-2005Phil of the FutureSeth Wosmer5 episodes
2005-2006InvasionJesse Varon21 episodes
2008DirtCraig HopeEpisode: "God Bless the Child"
2008Without a TraceCraig BaskinEpisode: "A Bend in the Road"
2008MonkEric TavelaEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Genius"
2008HouseOliverEpisode: "Last Resort"
2008-2009One Tree HillJack Daniels6 episodes
2009Off the ClockJewEpisode: "Gorgonzola y Pinto"
2009Ghost WhispererDylanEpisode: "Excessive Forces"
2010Criminal MindsCharlie HillridgeEpisode: "Mosley Lane"
2010The MentalistOliver McDanielEpisode: "18-5-4"
2010The OfficeLuke CooperEpisode: "Nepotism"
2011ParenthoodBrandonEpisode: "New Plan"
2011In Plain SightJoey Roston / Joey WilsonEpisode: "Crazy Like a Witness"
2011American Horror Story: Murder HouseTate Langdon12 episodes
2012-2013American Horror Story: AsylumKit Walker13 episodes
2013-2014American Horror Story: CovenKyle Spencer11 episodes
2014-2015American Horror Story: Freak ShowJimmy Darling13 episodes
2015China, ILClint (voice)Episode: "Magical Pet"
2015-2016American Horror Story: HotelJames Patrick March10 episodes
2016American Horror Story: RoanokeEdward Philipe Mott / Rory Monahan4 episodes
2017American Horror Story: CultKai Anderson / Andy Warhol / Marshall Applewhite / David Koresh / Jim Jones / Jesus / Charles Manson11 episodes
2018PoseStan Bowes8 episodes
2018American Horror Story: Apocalypse+more_Gallant'>Mr. Gallant / James Patrick March / Tate Langdon / Jeff Pfister10 episodes
2021WandaVisionRalph Bohner / "Pietro Maximoff"4 episodes
2021Marvel Studios: AssembledHimselfEpisode: "The Making of WandaVision"
2021Mare of EasttownDetective Colin Zabel4 episodes
2021American Horror Story: Double FeatureAustin Sommers5 episodes; also producer
2022Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer StoryJeffrey Dahmer10 episodes; also executive producer
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