Shawn Ashmore

Ashmore in 2019, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Shawn Robert Ashmore

Place of Birth: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: October 7, 1979

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, Northern Irish, and Guernsey Channel Islander, possibly other

Shawn Ashmore is a Canadian actor. His roles include Animorphs, the X-Men films, The Ruins, and the series The Following, Conviction, The Rookie, and The Boys.

He is the son of Linda and Rick Ashmore. His identical twin brother, Aaron Ashmore, is also an actor. Shawn was raised in St. Albert, Alberta and Brampton, Ontario.

He is married to film executive Dana Renee Wasdin, with whom he has a son.

Shawn’s paternal grandfather was Robert Edmund Ashmore (the son of Frank Mathieson/Matheson Ashmore and Edith Iva Edmunds). Robert was born in Killam, Alberta, to a father from Manitoba and a mother from Ontario. Frank was the son of George Ashmore and Jane Renton. Edith was the daughter of Solomon Chesley Edmunds and Edna Emma Baskerville, whose parents were from Tipperary, Ireland, and whose father was a Protestant minister.

Shawn’s paternal grandmother was Shirley Marjorie Towers (the daughter of Harold Lloyd Towers and Dorothy M. Fitch). Shirley was born in Cochrane, Alberta, on a cattle ranch. Harold was the son of Francis Harriman “Frank” Towers, who was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England, and of Elizabeth Glover, who was born on Alderney, Channel Islands, with roots in Ireland and Guernsey, Channel Islands. Dorothy was English.

Shawn’s maternal grandfather was Jack Beverly Davis (the son of Alexis Charles Davis and Ruby Maude Kirkland). Alexis was the son of Charles Hooper Davis and Elizabeth Jane Mason. Ruby was the daughter of William Attenbury/Attenborough Kirkland and Edna May Cosman.

Shawn’s maternal grandmother was Doris Elizabeth Clemence (the daughter of Earl Northgraves Clemence and Grace Blythe). Earl was the son of Robert James Clemence and Ida Caroline Northgraves. Grace was the daughter of James Graham Blythe and Elizabeth Baxter.

Sources: Obituary of Shawn’s father –

Shawn’s paternal grandfather, Robert Edmund Ashmore, on the 1926 Canada Census –

Marriage record of Shawn’s paternal great-great-grandparents, George Ashmore and Jane Renton –

Obituary of Shawn’s paternal grandmother, Shirley Marjorie Towers –

Shawn’s paternal great-grandparents, Harold Lloyd Towers and Dorothy M. Fitch, on the 1926 Canada Census –

Death record of Shawn’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Francis Harriman “Frank” Towers –

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