Sean Blakemore

Sean Blakemore (born August 10, 1967) is an American actor who is portraying Shawn Butler on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital, a role he began playing on January 21, 2011 on a recurring basis. On April 6, 2011, he signed a contract with ABC to continue his role full-time.[1]

Blakemore was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role on General Hospital in 2012 and won the award in 2016.

Sean Blakemore
BornAugust 10, 1967 (age 51)
Years active1996–present
Nadyia Jones (m. 2010)

Early life

Blakemore was born on August 10, 1967, the fifth of seven children (five girls and two boys) from a single parent household, in St. Louis, Missouri.[2] He has one brother, Ronnell, and five sisters, Kim, Sharon, Yvonne, Yvette, and Rechelle.[3] He attended Hazelwood East High School in his hometown of St. Louis. Blakemore was a successful model, then moved to Los Angeles on July 19, 1998, to follow his dream of acting[2]


Blakemore has appeared on episodes on such series as ER, Monk, The Shield, Cold Case, NCIS and Bones. He won Auds honors at the Hollywood Black Film Festival for his portrayal of Ric Jackson in the independent romantic drama Big Ain't Bad.

Blakemore also appeared in the 2002 film Dahmer, and TV movies Motives 2: Retribution, and Blackout.[4] From 2011–15 he was in the contract role of Shawn Butler on General Hospital. Blakemore returned for one day on November 19, 2015.[5]

The week of April 4, 2016, he returned to General Hospital for one day.[6]

Personal life

Blakemore married Nadyia Jones on June 19, 2010.[7] In late March 2013, it was announced that the couple were having their first baby.[8] In May 2013, the Blakemores had a daughter.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Can't Let Go David Short film directed and written by Shandra L. McDonald
2002 Big Ain't Bad Ric Drama film directed by Ray Culpepper[9]
Dahmer Corliss Biographical filmcrime-drama film directed by David Jacobson
2003 Keepin' It Real Richard Comedy–crime–romantic film directed and co-written Brian Cox
2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed Pervis Drama film directed by Michael Schultz[10]
2006 Restraining Order Dontae McNeil Drama film directed and written by Reggie Gaskins
Hot Tamale Dewayne Longfellow Action–comedy–crime film directed by Michael Damian[11]
2007 Young Cesar Unknown Crime–drama film directed by Sheldon Candis
Blackout James Drama film directed by Jerry Lamothe[12]
2008 Columbus Day Officer Walters Crime–drama–thriller film directed and written by Charles Burmeister
The Porter Arthur Dodd Short film directed and written by Vincent Singleton.
2010 Butterfly Rising Jacob Drama film directed and written by Tanya Wright
2011 Church Girl Jacob Drama film directed by Reuben Yabuku[13]
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Klingon Science fiction film directed by J.J. Abrams[14]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Soul of the Game Grace's husband
2000 Playing with Fire Eric Konadu Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Roy Campanella[15]
2002 The District Achmed Ali Episode: "Free-Fire Zone"
2003 Momentum Floor Cop #2 Made-for-TV-Movie directed by James Seale[16]
2004 Monk Spyder Cell Guard Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail"
The Young and the Restless Ben 4 episodes
2005 Cold Case Clyde Episode: "Strange Fruit"
The Shield John Sullivan Episode: "Hurt"
Into the West Ben Franklin Miniseries directed by Robert Dornhelm, Simon Wincer, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Michael W. Watkins, Timothy Van Patten, and Jeremy Podeswa
The O.C. Trauma Doctor Episode: "The Aftermath"
2006 The Unit African Soldier Episode: "Stress"
Invasion Coast Guard Lt. Episode: "Re-Evolution"
CSI: NY Nick Davis Episode: "Raising Shane"
2007 ER Mario Episode: "From Here to Paternity"
K-Ville Ken Episode: "AKA"
2008 Bones Grayson Barasa Episode: "The End in the Beginning"
2008–09 Days of Our Lives Peter / Barney Bateman 3 episodes
2009 Bones Grayson Barasa Episode: "The Yanks in the U.K.: Parts 1 and 2"
Lie to Me FBI Agent Irving Episode: "Tractor Man"
2010 Stargate Universe Reginald Greer 2 episodes
2011 NCIS Navy Chief Petty Officer Jerome Carr Episode: "Recruited"
General Hospital Shawn Butler Contract role from 2011–15; 2016
2014 The Fright Night Files Lockwood Masters Made-for-TV-Movie directed by R. L. Scott and Russ Parr[17]
2015 For the Love of Lockwood Too Miniseries
Fear Files Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Russ Parr[18]
2015–16 CSI: Cyber Director Silver Recurring
2016 Devious Maids Reverend James Hamilton 4 episodes
2016 Hawaii Five-0 Supervisor Keith Harlan Episode: "Ka makuahine a me ke keikikane"
2017 American Crime Reggie Pollard 3 episodes
2017–18 The Quad Eugene Hardwick Series regular
2018 Scorpion Captain Dan Drake Episode: "Kenny and the Jet"
2018 13 Reasons Why Mr. Cole 2 episodes
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Cooperative Agent Episode: "The End"


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Motives Brandon
2007 Motives 2 Brandon Collier[19]
2008 Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club Police Photographer
The Inspiration of Barack Derek

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated


  1. ^ "GH Casting News". Soap Opera Digest. April 8, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b SOD. "Sean Blakemore". Soap Opera Digest. United States. American Media, inc. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "GH Actors' Birthdays". The Official General Hospital Fan Club. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sean Blakemore". Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "General Hospital Comings and Goings". Soaps She Knows. United States. November 19, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  6. ^ SOD (March 28, 2016). "SEAN BLAKEMORE BACK TO GH". Soap Opera Digest. United States. American Media, Inc. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "Sean Blakemore Bio". Soap Opera Digest. United States. American Media, Inc. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Eades, Chris (March 25, 2013). "GH's Shawn Is Gonna Be A Dad!". ABC Soaps In Depth. United States. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Big Ain't Bad'". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  10. ^ "Woman Thou Art Loosed". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Hot Tamale". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  12. ^ "Blackout". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "Church Girl". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  14. ^ "Star Trek Into Darkness". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  15. ^ "Playing with Fire". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "Momentum". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "The Fright Night Files". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  18. ^ "Fear Files". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  19. ^ "Motives 2". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  20. ^ "The 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 9, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  21. ^ "Daytime Emmy Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. New York City: Prometheus Global Media. May 1, 2016. Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  22. ^ "The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York City: and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 24, 2016. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.

External links

39th Daytime Emmy Awards

The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), ″recognizes outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. during the 2011 calendar year″. The ceremony took place on June 23, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST. The ceremony was televised in the United States by HLN and produced by LocoDistro and Executive Producer Gabriel Gornell.The evening was not hosted however the pre-show ceremony was hosted by A.J. Hammer and Nischelle Turner. The drama pre-nominees were announced on March 2, 2012, and the nominations were announced during an episode of The Today Show on May 9, 2012. In related events, the 39th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles on June 17, 2012.General Hospital won the most awards, with a total of five wins including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team and other Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The soap opera also had the most awards with a total of 23 (including Creative Arts Emmy Awards). Anthony Geary won its seventh win in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. Live! with Regis and Kelly won in the Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment category for its last season. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to television producer Bill Geddie. The ceremony attracted 912,000 viewers (not counting four repeat broadcasts which brought the total to 2 million), the broadcast was "the most watched regularly scheduled, non-news telecast" ever on HLN, but by far the least-watched Daytime Emmy ceremony ever.

43rd Daytime Emmy Awards

The 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), "recognizes outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the 2015 calendar year". The ceremony took place on May 1, 2016 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, California.The drama pre-nominees were announced on January 27, 2016, and the standard nominations were announced on March 24, 2016, during an episode of The Talk for a second year in a row. The 43rd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, for extended Daytime Emmy categories, was held on April 29, 2016 with the venue also being the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. On March 24, 2016, the NATAS announced that despite the success of the previous year's ceremony on Pop, that the 2016 ceremony will forgo a traditional television broadcast for the second time citing "the current climate for awards shows". The 2014 ceremony also forwent a traditional television broadcast due to a lack of a suitable broadcast partner in time for the ceremony. On April 6, 2016, it was announced that the Lifetime Achievement Award would be presented to Sonia Manzano.

Big Ain't Bad

Big Ain't Bad is a romantic comedy film, directed by Ray Culpepper and written by Brian Poe (aka Drayton Jamison). It stars Sean Blakemore (2016 Daytime Emmy Winner as Outstanding Actor in a Supporting role on ABC-TV's General Hospital), Jade Jenise Dixon, Reginald Ballard, Tico Wells, and Troy Medley. The film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2003 Hollywood Black Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. It was the Kick Off Film to the Fox Theater's 75th Anniversary Summer Film Series in Atlanta in 2004. It played in limited release in movie theaters, and was released to DVD (First Look) in 2005.

Blackout (2007 film)

Blackout is a 2007 American television film that takes place in New York City during the Northeast Blackout of 2003. Written and directed by Jerry Lamothe, it stars Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Prodigy, Michael B. Jordan, and LaTanya Richardson. The film premiered at the 2007 Zurich Film Festival. It debuted on BET on February 1, 2008. It was released to DVD on February 4, 2008.

Columbus Day (film)

Columbus Day is a 2008 crime drama starring Val Kilmer, Marg Helgenberger and Wilmer Valderrama.

Dahmer (film)

Dahmer is a 2002 American biographical true-crime horror film directed by David Jacobson and starring Jeremy Renner as the American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, a recluse in Wisconsin, who murdered 17 men.

There are two timelines in the film: The "present" of the film runs in ordinary chronological order covering the period of one-to-two days; the flashbacks go in reverse order, and Dahmer is seen as successively younger until the film arrives at his first murder and the aftermath.

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series is an award presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given to honor an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the daytime drama industry.

At the 6th Daytime Emmy Awards held in 1979, Peter Hansen was the first winner of this award for his portrayal of Lee Baldwin on General Hospital. The awards ceremony was not televised in 1983 and 1984, having been criticized for voting integrity. Following the introduction of a new category in 1985, Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, the criteria for this category was altered, requiring all actors to be aged 26 or above.Since its inception, the award has been given to 33 actors. General Hospital is the show with the most awarded actors, with a total of eleven wins. Since 1994, Justin Deas holds the most wins with a total of four awards for his work on As the World Turns, Santa Barbara and Guiding Light. In 1999, Jerry Ver Dorn had reached seven nominations, surpassing Justin Deas' previous record. However Deas' reached seven nominations in 2005. In 2009, Jeff Branson and Vincent Irizarry tied for the award, which was the first tie in this category. As of the 2017 ceremony, Steve Burton is the most recent winner in this category for his portrayal of Dylan McAvoy on The Young and the Restless.

Devious Maids

Devious Maids is an American television comedy-drama and mystery series created by Marc Cherry, produced by ABC Studios, and executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind, Eva Longoria, Paul McGuigan, Larry Shuman, David Lonner, John Mass, Paul Presburger, and Michael Garcia. It originally aired on Lifetime for four seasons from June 23, 2013 to August 8, 2016.

Set in Beverly Hills, California, Devious Maids followed the lives of four Latina maids working for the area's wealthiest and most powerful families. The series featured an ensemble cast led by Ana Ortiz as Marisol Suarez, Dania Ramirez as Rosie Falta, Roselyn Sánchez as Carmen Luna, and Judy Reyes as Zoila Diaz. While working for Beverly Hills' most glamorous and powerful citizens, the maids are exposed to and often a part of secrets, mysteries and crimes hidden behind their employers' wealthy facade as well as the closed doors of their homes. Edy Ganem, Susan Lucci, Rebecca Wisocky, Tom Irwin, Brianna Brown, Brett Cullen, Mariana Klaveno, and Grant Show feature in supporting roles throughout the series.The series was originally in development to air on ABC, but was ultimately picked up by Lifetime. The first season was the subject of positive reviews from television critics. In September 2016, Lifetime announced that they were cancelling Devious Maids after four seasons, leaving the series to conclude on an unresolved cliffhanger. Despite online petitions from viewers who campaigned for the series to continue on another network or streaming service, it was confirmed that Devious Maids would ultimately not continue as options with the cast had expired.

Hot Tamale

Hot Tamale is a 2006 American comedy-drama film directed by Michael Damian, co-written by Janeen Damian. It stars Randy Spelling, Diora Baird and Carmen Electra. The film opened on April 23, 2006, and the DVD was released on August 29, 2006. The film is Michael Damian's feature film directorial debut.

Lost (Stargate Universe)

"Lost" is the fifteenth episode of military science fiction television series Stargate Universe. The episode originally aired on April 30, 2010 on Syfy in the United States, and on SPACE in Canada. The episode was directed by, Rohn Schmidt who previously acted as the director of photography in Air. It was written by Martin Gero, a co-executive producer of Stargate Atlantis.

In this episode, the off-world team continues its search for a way out of the tunnels. However a collapse traps Sgt. Greer under the rubble. Fearing his death the team leaves him behind trying to catch up to the Destiny, which is close to leaving the galaxy. In his solitude Greer relives memories of his abusive father.

Momentum (2003 film)

Momentum is an American-German television film that premiered on Sci Fi Channel on July 26, 2003. The film was directed by James Seale.

Motives (film)

Motives is a 2004 erotic thriller starring Vivica A. Fox, Shemar Moore, Golden Brooks, Sean Blakemore and Keshia Knight Pulliam. The sequel, Motives 2, was released in 2007 (direct-to-video).

Motives 2

Motives 2: Retribution is a 2007 direct-to-video sequel to the 2004 thriller Motives starring Brian J. White, Vivica A. Fox and Sean Blakemore.

Shawn Butler

Shawn Butler is a fictional character from the original ABC, soap opera, General Hospital. The role is portrayed by actor, Sean Blakemore and first appeared on January 24, 2011, on a recurring basis. On April 6, 2011, it is announced that Blakemore was put on contract with the series. On May 18, 2015, it was announced that Blakemore had taped his last scenes as Shawn and would be exiting the series. Butler returned for one day on November 19, 2015. Butler was visited by Sam and Jason Morgan in early April 2016.

Soul of the Game

Soul of the Game (also known as Field of Honour) is a 1996 television film about Negro league baseball.

The film stars Blair Underwood as Jackie Robinson, Delroy Lindo as Satchel Paige, Mykelti Williamson as Josh Gibson, and Harvey Williams as "Cat" Mays, the father of Willie Mays. The film depicts Paige and Gibson as the pitching and hitting stars, respectively, of the Negro Leagues in the period immediately following World War II. Robinson is an up-and-coming player on Paige's team, the Kansas City Monarchs.

TJ Ashford

TJ Ashford is a fictional character from General Hospital, an American soap opera on the ABC network. The role was originated in 2012 by Krys Meyer when TJ was introduced as the troubled teenage son of Shawn Butler (Sean Blakemore)'s deceased best friend, Tommy, whom Shawn had killed in combat.

The rebellious teenager attracts the attention of the good girl Molly Lansing (Haley Pullos). The two start dating in secret and Molly's mother Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) initially disapproves of the romance but she and Shawn eventually let the teens continue to see each other. In 2013, the couple splits because of TJ's jealousy over Molly's friendship with Rafe Kovich (Jimmy Deshler). After Rafe's interference and TJ's one-night-stand with Taylor DuBois (Samantha Logan), the couple reconciles. In 2014, TJ's estranged mother Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) arrives and TJ starts college in the fall. He struggles to rebuild his relationship with Jordan, and eventually does, but disapproves of her lying to him.

The End (American Horror Story)

"The End" is the first episode and season premiere of the eighth season of the anthology television series American Horror Story. It aired on September 12, 2018, on the cable network FX. The episode was written by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk, and directed by Bradley Buecker.

The Quad (TV series)

The Quad is an American drama series, created by Felicia D. Henderson and Charles Holland that airs on BET. The series premiered on February 1, 2017, with a 2-hour pilot movie.

The Quad stars Anika Noni Rose as Dr. Eva Fletcher, a newly elected President of the fictional Georgia A&M University. It also stars Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Sean Blakemore and Jasmine Guy. On April 27, 2017, BET renewed the show for a second season, which premiered on January 23, 2018. On April 9, 2018, BET cancelled The Quad.

Woman Thou Art Loosed

Woman Thou Art Loosed is a 2004 American drama film directed by Michael Schultz and written by Stan Foster. It was produced by Stan Foster and Reuben Cannon. It is the 44th film or series directed by Schultz and is adapted from the self-help novel by T. D. Jakes. The film tells the story of a young woman who must come to terms with a long history of sexual abuse, drug addiction, and poverty. It has been reported that the story was loosely based on the screenwriter's past relationship with a college girlfriend. A gospel stage play preceded the film.

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