Repub­lic Of Doyle

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Sea­son 1 SABC3 (*193) 23:00 Com­edy

Com­edy se­ries Repub­lic Of Doyle (20102014) cen­tres around fa­ther-and-son pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor team Malachy and Jake Doyle (Sean McGinley and Al­lan Hawco) in New­found­land, Canada. While ac­tor and show pro­ducer Al­lan says that he’s “noth­ing like my character Jake”, that’s not en­tirely true – he’s a New­found­land na­tive.

The 39-year-old loves his rogu­ish 1

character be­cause “he’s not afraid of any­thing. He just takes on con­tro­versy with­out hes­i­ta­tion”. In re­al­ity, Al­lan’s big­gest fear is mak­ing a TV show that doesn’t work or speak to his au­di­ence.

Act­ing wasn’t Al­lan’s first-choice 2

ca­reer though. “I had to fo­cus on re­al­ity,” he says. He en­rolled in busi­ness classes at New­found­land’s Memo­rial Col­lege in 1995 but got side-tracked by the in­sti­tu­tion’s theatre pro­gramme in his first se­mes­ter.

He joined Mon­treal’s Na­tional 3

Theatre School in 1997 to study act­ing and Al­lan paid for his school­ing with odd jobs, in­clud­ing work­ing at a bak­ery. He grad­u­ated in 2000 with his de­gree in act­ing and di­rect­ing.

The show hasn’t just given him a 4

job – Al­lan found love too in 2011 when his now-wife Carolyn Stokes was cast as a re­porter. She’s a real-life jour­nal­ist and they mar­ried in 2012.

While the cou­ple don’t have kids, 5

foster care is some­thing close to Al­lan’s heart. “Grow­ing up, it was a com­mon thing in my neigh­bour­hood… so that is why I jumped on board to be spokesper­son of Stella’s Cir­cle, who help foster kids in New­found­land.”

And while he’s fight­ing crime as 6

Jake, Al­lan is ac­tu­ally quite dan­ger­ous in real life. He’s a red belt in mar­tial art form tae kwon do and Al­lan also stud­ied Sho­tokan karate.

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