Shaun Johnston

Shaun Johnston (born September 9, 1958) is a Canadian movie and theatre actor best known for his role as Jack Bartlett[1][2][3] on the CBC drama Heartland, which debuted in October 2007.[4] He co-founded the Shadow Theatre in Edmonton[5] and made his first professional forays in Alberta's thriving theatre scene.[3]

Shaun Johnston
Born (1958-09-09) September 9, 1958 (age 62)
OccupationActor, director, singer, guitar player
Years active1990–present


Johnston grew in Ponoka, Alberta.[3] He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta's drama program.[3]

Johnston is well-known for playing the role of Jack Bartlett (also known as "Grandpa Jack") on Heartland,[1][2] a CBC drama that debuted in October 2007.[4] By 2019, he had played a role on the show for 13 seasons.[4] In 2019, and again in 2020, Johnston was nominated for a Rosie award for "Best Alberta Actor" for his role in Heartland.[6][7] In 2016, Johnston described his experience on the cast of Heartland, saying "it’s the best job I’ve ever had, it’s the best job I’m ever going to have."[8]

In 2020, Global News reported that Johnston was in the process of "recording and releasing" The Book of Shaun: A Story Behind His Heartland Music.[2] The Book of Shaun is a multi-episode music project[9] that tells "the story behind songs that he has written for the Canadian TV show" that was created in order to raise funds for a 20-home building project led by the Okanagan affiliate of Habitat For Humanity.[2]





  1. ^ a b c Volmers, Eric (10 January 2021). "Amber Marshall opens up about the heartbreaking season opener of Heartland". Calgary herald.
  2. ^ a b c d e Morton, Sydney (10 March 2020). "'Heartland' star reveals story behind fundraising song for Habitat For Humanity Okanagan". Global news.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Shaun Johnston". Heartland. 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d Graveland, Bill (18 September 2019). "13 seasons in, stars reflect on success of 'Heartland,' Canada's 'comfort food'". 660 City News. The Canadian Press.
  5. ^ Nicholls, Liz (13 May 2016). "Edmonton's Shadow Theatre unveils 25th season". Edmonton Journal.
  6. ^ Volmers, Eric (21 March 2019). "Heartland, Caution: May Contain Nuts lead Alberta Film and Television Award nominations". Calgary Herald.
  7. ^ "Calgary tops the list of nominees for the best in Alberta film and television productions". Calgary Herald. 12 August 2020.
  8. ^ Volmers, Eric (1 October 2016). "CIFF: Fans turn out to celebrate CBC's Heartland". Calgary Herald.
  9. ^ "'Heartland' actor helping Habitat for Humanity put families in homes". The Daily Courier. 5 March 2020.
  10. ^ Volmers, Eric (21 September 2017). "Steady hand: Dean Bennett reflects on 10 years of directing Heartland". Calgary Herald.

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