Shannon Kook, a South African actor born as Shannon Xiao Lóng Kook-Chun on 9 February 1987, has made a significant impact in the entertainment industry. He is widely recognized for his outstanding performances in various television series, including Degrassi: The Next Generation (2010–2011), Carmilla (2015–2016), Shadowhunters (2017), and The 100 (2018–2020). Furthermore, he has left a lasting impression with his portrayal of Drew Thomas in The Conjuring film franchise (2013–2021).
Kook’s on-screen journey began with his debut role in the Canadian television series Being Erica in 2009. Internationally, he gained prominence for his captivating performances as Zane Park in Degrassi: The Next Generation (2010–2011) and Duncan in Shadowhunters (2017).
In 2014, Kook, alongside Alexandre Landry, Sophie Desmarais, and Julia Sarah Stone, was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Rising Stars initiative. This annual distinction shines a spotlight on four promising Canadian actors, providing them with exposure to talent developers and filmmakers at the festival.
Between 2015 and 2016, Kook achieved significant acclaim for his role in the popular web series Carmilla. In 2017, he captivated audiences with his performance in the web series Running With Violet.
In January 2018, it was announced that Kook had joined the fifth season of The CW’s The 100 as a mysterious new guest star named Lucas. However, this turned out to be a clever misdirection by series showrunner Jason Rothenberg. Kook’s actual character was revealed to be Jordan Jasper Green, the son of Monty Green and Harper McIntyre. Interestingly, Kook initially auditioned for the roles of Finn Collins and Monty Green. He later returned as a series regular in the show’s sixth and seventh seasons.
By showcasing his exceptional talent and versatility, Shannon Kook has carved a remarkable path in the entertainment industry, leaving audiences captivated and eager for more.