Shaun Johnston is a Canadian actor best known in recent times for his starring role as Jack Bartlett on the family drama television series Heartland, since 2007.
Born and raised in Ponoka, Alberta, Johnston has lived in Edmonton since he attended the University of Alberta, where he took the renowned acting program there, graduating with a BFA.
The first film he was the lead character in was William Hornecker's 1993 feature Two Brothers, a Girl and a Gun, which garnered him an Alberta Film & Television Award for Best Actor.
He won the award again in 2007, for his portrayal of Captain Fancher – the leader of the wagon train - in Christopher Cain's theatrical feature September Dawn.
On television Johnston has appeared in an array of roles, including the series lead, Jake Trumper, in Jake and the Kid, opposite Christopher Plumber is both television movies Agent of Influence and Dinosaur Hunter, as well as in the Emmy winning Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and the Gemini winning Mayerthorpe.
Among his many other television appearances he was a series regular on Traders and had a recurring role as Sid Flemming on Da Vinci's Inquest.
Shaun was honoured to receive a Gemini nomination for his portrayal as Jack in the first season of Heartland. He was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series category, for his work in the episodes Rising from the Ashes (aka Nothing Endures) and Coming Together.