Luke Evans FactsIn the past few years, Luke Evans has gone from virtual unknown to an international star.

The actor left his mark on the London Theatre, starring in several musicals before making his big screen debut in "Clash of the Titans." Since the 2010 film, Evans has starred in over a dozen movies, including hit franchises "The Hobbit," as Bard the Bowman, and "Fast & Furious," where he played an evil mastermind in the sixth installment. This fall, Evans stars as Vlad Tepes in the blockbuster "Dracula Untold."

From his love of Pavarotti to his association with "The Crow," here are 17 things you probably don't know about Luke Evans.

1. Luke Evans was born April 15, 1979 in Pontypool, Wales to Yvonne and David Evans.

2. Evans was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, but left the religion when he was just 16.

3. At the same age, he also left school to pursue a singing and acting career.

4. Evans has loved singing since he was a very small boy and was encouraged by his school teacher to begin taking lessons.

5. He's even said that if he could swap places with one other person, it would be the Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

6. When he was 17, Evans moved to Cardiff to study under the singing coach, Louise Ryan.

7. Shortly after, he received a scholarship to attend The London Studio Centre in London, from which he graduated in 2000.

8. Evans became prominent in London's theatre scene, starring in West End productions of "Rent," "Avenue Q," and "Miss Saigon."

9. His first big break came in 2002 when he played the straight object of Boy George's affections in "Taboo."

10. Evans has been upfront about his sexuality and talked about being gay in a 2002 interview with The Advocate.

11. In September 2010, however, the actor was romantically linked to Holly Goodchild. She's said that they're "really old friends and it just sort of happened."

12. That same year, Evans made his feature film debut as Apollo in "Clash of the Titans."

13. A year later, he played another Greek god, Zeus, in "Immortals" (2011).

14. His star has taken off since starring in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" as Bard the Bowman. He'll reprise his role in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies," the last of the trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.

15. One of the actor's favorite books is "The Lovely Bones," which was adapted to the screen by none other than Jackson.

16. Evans is set to star in the remake of "The Crow," which has yet to begin filming.

17. Bonus Fact: If Evans hadn't become a performer, he'd have been a forensic pathologist due to a keen interest in biology as a teenager.

[Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb, What's On Stage]

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