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Shaun Johnston is an amazing actor and director known for his works in Heartland, Mentors and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, etc. 

Apart from being an actor and director, he is also a singer and guitarist. 

He is also a popular Canadian theater actor who co-founded Shadow Theatre in Edmonton, Canada.

Married, Wife, Children

Shaun Johnston is happily married to a famous English role as actress Sue Johnston who is known for her role as Sheila Grant in the soap opera Brookside and Barbara Royle in The Royle Family. 

They first met in a restaurant in Alberta and fell in love and dated for some time before they got hitched in a private ceremony in the presence of their close friends and family. 

The couple has two gorgeous sons. One of them is Cael Johnston and another is Shea Johnston

Shaun shared this adorable picture of him along with his wife, captioning. 

“Me ‘n my Sue out for a stroll 

Shaun Johnston with his beautiful wife Sue Johnston
Shaun Johnston with his beautiful wife Sue Johnston Source: Facebook

His career could have been something else 

Shaun had never thought his career would take a U-turn. In an interview, Shaun revealed how he ended up being an actor who aspired to become a lawyer. 

Shaun stated being in pre-law school when he first met his future wife, Sue. The couple was soon head over heels with one another. 

When Shaun popped the question, not only was Sue happy, but also her parents were because they thought their daughter was going to marry a lawyer. 

He had law classes up to his yin and yang until he received a registered letter from the Dean of the Law faculty that said he should not be in the program because of credit short. 

He was on academic probation and was given the first semester to catch up on the extra credit he needed to make his Bachelor of Arts degree legitimate to meet the requirement to get into the next phase. 

He showed the letter to the registrar's office and said he needed one credit which was deficient in fine arts, so that he could pick up the course. 

He pleaded with them to give him something that had the least amount of homework because he had law courses coming up. 

To his request, they asked him to take drama telling him there is no homework and it is like a walk. He agreed and got into the drama class. 

After attending the drama class, he fell in love with the drama and changed his life. He dropped out of the law program at the end of the semester and auditioned for the drama school the following spring. 

He was completely blown away on the very first day of the very first drama class. He had no idea that the human condition had that capability, energy, and degree of imagination. 

He feels blessed for having an instructor to whom he still looks up, and that particular instructor he says is at the very top of his list for inspiration and motivation. 

Sue's parents initially were like, "Are you out of your mind." Then after when he first got his television gig, they thought their daughter married to an actor. 

He said of having conversations with them and their mostly white-collar and executive types friends where they asked him what he is going to do, to which he says he is working in such and such play. 

They said they knew he was an actor, but what he was going to do. But when they saw him on the TV in their living rooms, they went, Oh this is what he is going to do and what he is doing. 

Shaun also admitted to not realizing that a career as an actor was possible initially.

Shaun Johnston, “The world is changing”

Do you know that Shaun has been a member of ACTRA for a long time?  

Moreover, the actor has revealed that he had just completed the very first-ever national membership Census. 

He also wanted to encourage everyone to do the same, as Shaun claims it is the most important. 

He elaborated that it is gathering information from their membership regarding the topics like gender, sexual identity, race, experiences in the workplace, and all those important stuff. 

Shaun also stated that there is an important thing as the world is changing, and even an old dog like him can see that. 

All this information is going to influence collective bargaining, inclusion, diversity, equality, and all those big-ticket items that we all find in the workplace today, Shaun added. 

To know about it, click the link below.

Donates to the Charity more often

Shaun doesn’t hold himself back when it comes to helping the people around him who are in need. 

The actor, to date, has raised many funds and awareness for numerous organizations named Autism Calgary, Children’s Cottage Society, and Big Brothers Big Sisters

Not only this, but the man is also recognized as being an enthusiastic charitable event producer and a person who regularly organizes fundraisers. 

Other than that, his biological son had played the role of Jack’s younger version on “Heartland.” 

Even though his son has no acting experience, the director of the movie cast his son in it. 

Also, it’s been said that when his son heard of this news from his dad, Shaun stated that he was more eager to take the role. 

After that, his son took a few acting classes from his dad before facing off the camera. 

Surprisingly, when Shaun’s son presented himself for the role in front of the camera, no one could tell that he was not a professional actor. 

His son was so confident in doing his role in the “Heartland.” 

Lastly, Shaun being an avid singer and guitar player, the artist had written along with performing numerous songs for the Heartland show too. 

Net Worth

He has a whopping net worth of around $5 million. He annually earns around $1 million through TV shows and movies, and apart from that, he also earns from different brand endorsements, cameo appearances, and others. 

He appeared in a television movie called Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. His performance was appreciated in the film, and the movie got a rating of 7.1 by IMDb and 78% by rotten tomatoes. The movie was adopted from the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, written by author Dee Brown which is a historical drama. The film received 17 nominations at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards and won six Emmy awards. It also received three nominations at the 65th Golden Globe Awards.

His performance in the 2006 movie Broken Trail was good. The film also got a 7.7 rating from IMDb and an 87% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. The movie stars Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church in the lead. 

His acting in the movie A Friend of the Family is praiseworthy. The film got 6.3 ratings on IMDb. The movie also stars Laura Harris in the lead. The movie is based on the book by Alison Shaw, which is of the same name.

His role in the movie Supervolcano is fantastic. The movie got a rating of 6.7 on IMDb and 70% by rotten tomatoes. The total budget of the film was $5.5 million.

Movies NameIMDb RatingsRotten Tomatoes
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee7.178%
Broken Trails7.787%
A Friend of the Family6.3-

He plays the lead role in the popular Canadian family drama television series Heartland were played the character of Jackson “Jack” Bartlett. The series has got an excellent rating of 8.4 from IMDb and 8.8 from The popularity of the series can be seen as it lasted for 12 seasons, and the 13th season is set to be aired on 22 September 2019.

He also played the lead character, Roy Cates, in the Canadian science fiction fantasy series known as Mentors. The show ran for four seasons, aired from 12 June 1998 to 2 April 2002 and has 52 episodes in total. It is rated 7.4 by IMDb and 6.5 by The show is created and produced by Josh Miller and also stars Chad Krowchuk, Sarah Lind, Belinda Metz, Stevie Mitchell, and Samantha Krutzfeldt in the lead.

TV Series 1IMDb Ratings
Da Vinci’s Inquest88.3

Age, Birthday, 

He was born in the year 1958, which makes him 60 years of age in 2019. He celebrates his birthday on 9 September, which makes his birth sign Virgo.

He was born in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada and his nationality is Canadian.

His ethnicity is Caucasian white, and he follows the Christian religion.

His hair color is grey and his beautiful eye is blue.


He is tall with a perfect height of 185cm, which is around 6 feet tall, and his weight is about 68 kilograms.

Wiki and Biography

Not much information about Shaun Johnston is found in other wiki sites, but we have got most of all covered.

Also read interesting biographies of Gus Trikonis, Jack Yabsley

Updated On Tue Jul 12 2022 Published On Wed Sep 04 2019 By paper-boat

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