Shannon Kook biography
Date of Birth: February 9, 1987
Born in Johannesburg as Shannon Kook-Chun to a father of Chinese descent and South African mother, Shannon moved to Canada at an early age and eventually adopted the stage name Shannon Kook.
After attending the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Shannon won his first on camera role in the Canadian series Being Erica. He played the character Kendrick Kwan in a 2009 episode.
He followed that up with a few other small parts in TV series' before landing a recurring role in the crime drama series Durham County. He played David Cho over the course of five 2010 episodes.
In 2010, Shannon was also cast in the biggest role up to that point when he won a part in an episode of Degrassi: Minis. He played Zane Park, a role which led to wider exposure when he reprised the part as a regular on Degrassi: The Next Generation (from 2010-11) and also playing a regular role as Deven Phillips on the Family Channel original series Baxter (2010-11).
Shannon won a guest role in an episode of Rookie Blue in 2011 and lent his voice to the animated short film Requiem for Romance in 2012. His contribution to the short earned him the 2013 ACTRA Award of Excellence for Outstanding Voice Performance.
He landed his first feature film part as Drew Thomas in the wildly successful James Wan thriller The Conjuring with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
In 2014, Shannon was named a TIFF Rising Star and in 2015, he revisited the thriller genre with a small part in the Charlize Theron-led Dark Places. Based on a popular Gillian Flynn novel, the film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christina Hendricks.
With 2016's The Conjuring 2, Shannon reprised his role as Drew Thomas. The film brought back Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, and also showcased Madison Wolfe, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Franka Potente. The same year, Shannon also earned a role in an episode of the CW series Beauty and the Beast.
Shannon, whose middle name is Xiao Lsng (which means little/young dragon), is friends with Nina Dobrev and Ben Hollingsworth. The trio lived together for a short period of time and Nina and Ben have also starred in CW shows.
Shannon can be seen next in the Canadian drama Goliath, expected in the fall of 2017.
Shannon Kook Filmography
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
Dark Places (2015)
Dirty Singles (2014)
Pride of Lions (2014)
Empire of Dirt (2013)
Hunting Season (2013)
The Conjuring (2013)