Matt Evans

For the Canadian international rugby union player, see Matt Evans (rugby player).
This name uses Philippine naming customs. The first family name is Nicolas and the second is Evans.
Matt Evans
Born Matthew Nicolas Evans
(1986-10-22) October 22, 1986
Alma mater Far Eastern University, Manila
Occupation Actor, Model, TV host, Dancer, Musician
Years active 2006–present
Agent Star Magic (2006–present)
Known for Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko
Spouse(s) Katrina Fariñas (2013–present)
Children 3 (including 1 adopted)

Matthew "Matt" Nicolas Evans (born October 22, 1986) is a Filipino actor of American descent who was a contender of the Philippine reality television show Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 1. He rose to fame through his Filipino teleseryes Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko, Tanging Yaman and Rosalka. He studied college in Far Eastern University, Manila.

Matt is currently part of ABS-CBN's Star Magic contract artists.

Personal life

Evans was born to father Thalmage Eugene Evans, an American citizen, and mother Vivien Mercado Nicolas, a Filipino. He has two half siblings: Mark, who is full Filipino and Akira, who is half Japanese.

Evans resides in Quezon City, Philippines. His biological father left his mother before he was born. His father was serving in the United States Air Force at that time. He eventually found out from his uncle that his biological father had died from a heart attack on June 10, 2010.

Evans has a daughter with former partner Johnelline Hickins (daughter of former '80s star, Coca Nicolas).[1] On October 3, 2013, Evans married Katrina Fariñas, who belongs in a prominent political family in the Philippines, the Fariñas Family of Ilocos Norte. In 2014, they welcomed their first child, Hayley Marley.[2] Evans also adopted Fariñas' son from a previous relationship, thus the child is now using the name Hayden Tyler Fariñas Evans. In 2015, Evans announced that they are expecting "baby Evans #3", Ellie Madison, who would be Fariñas' and Evans' second child together.[3]

Evans' former live-in partner Johnelline Hickins had him arrested and detained at a precinct jail in Pasig on October 21, 2012 after he allegedly hurt her and her brother during an altercation at their home, a day prior to his 26th birthday. Evans was released 2 days after on a ₱200 bail. According to the initial report, Hickins and her brother were planning a surprise birthday party for Evans when the actor and Hickins had a heated argument. Hickins fell off the stairs while she and Evans were arguing, prompting the girl's brother Juan Alberto "Yani" Carlotta to intercept. Carlotta said he tried to stop the actor from hurting his sister, who just gave birth last month, but he was kicked in the face and then held a knife to his face.[4]

The camp of Evans, however, denied that the actor inflicted any injury against his then-girlfriend and her brother.

In a statement, Evans' legal counsel Gerly Rico said there was indeed an altercation among the three but denied that the actor injured Hickins and Carlotta. Evans corrected the reports that the altercation began when he went home drunk on Saturday night after going out with friends. He said he was at home the whole evening hosting a small party for some friends. He said he and Hickins quickly got into an argument after she asked why his guests had already left. He suspects she deliberately taunted him as part of a ruse for the surprise birthday party she was planning for him.

He wanted to leave the house, he said, but Hickins tried to stop, leading to a struggle near the staircase on the second floor of the house in which Hickins tripped off and fell. Carlotta went into the rescue and got a minor scuffle with Evans but broke up immediately. Evans denied that he held a knife on him as there was no knife present on the place and that he only fought back for self-defense.

Evans vowed not to reconcile with Hickins ever again after being humiliated in prison. However reports say that they were able to settle and came up to an agreement with sharing custody with their child since Evans is now married to Katrina Fariñas, who is related to the Fariñas political clan of Ilocos Norte.[5]



Year Title Role Notes Source
2006 Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 1 Himself / Housemate Evicted (Day 28)
2006–2009 ASAP '06 Himself / Host / Performer
2006 Your Song Presents: Dahilan Milton
2006 Love Spell Presents: Wanted Mr. Perfect Homer
2006 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Pedro Penduko
2006 Super Inggo Pedro Penduko
2006 Love Spell Presents: Pasko Na, Santa Ko Paolo
2007 Your Song Presents: Pangarap Lang Kent
2007 Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao Pedro Penduko
2007 Love Spell Presents: Hairy Harry Harry
2007 Princess Sarah Paul
2008 Your Song Presents: Sayang Na Sayang Paolo
2008 Iisa Pa Lamang Toby Torralba
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya Pangking Episode: "Notebook" [6]
2008 Maynila Calvin Episode: "New Year's Plea"
2008 Everybody Hapi Steve
2009 Lipgloss Nikko Lopez
2009 Your Song Presents: Underage Migs Gonzales [7]
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya' Chris Episode: "Tasa" [8]
2009 Jim Fernandez's Kambal Sa Uma Gabriel "Gab" Ledesma
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Maning Episode: "Bangka" [9]
2010 Tanging Yaman Francisco "Francis" Baltazar
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Bibot Episode: "Basura"
2010 Rosalka Aries Abad
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya Gary Episode: "Titulo" [10]
2010 Pablo S. Gomez's Juanita Banana Prince Rikitik
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Bobit Episode: "School ID" [11]
2011 Wansapanataym Swap Episode: "Swap"
2011 100 Days to Heaven Paul
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya Eddie Episode: "Tinapay" [12]
2011 Angelito: Batang Ama Rolan Dimaano
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya Tikboy Episode: "Bahay" [13]
2012 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Paraiso Justin Abar
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya Lando Episode: "Ilog"
2013 Muling Buksan Ang Puso Pancho Mercado
2014 The Legal Wife Young Dante
2014 Pure Love Jake Espiritu / Scheduler
2014 Ipaglaban Mo! Adam Episode: "Ang Pangako Mo Sa Akin"
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya' Episode: "Kamay" [14]
2015 Ipaglaban Mo! Jay-R Episode: "Nasa Maling Landas"
2015 Dream Dad Paul Montelibano
2015 Bridges Of Love Carlos' enemy
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Phil Episode: "Pagkain" [15]
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Obet Episode: "Banana Que"
2015 On The Wings Of Love Adrian Velasco
2016 Maalaala Mo Kaya Samson Episode: "Puno ng Mangga" [16]
2016 The Greatest Love Andres "Andrei" Alegre Jr.


Year Title Role Notes Source
2007 Shake, Rattle and Roll 9 Richard
2009 Love on Line (LOL) Danny
2011 No Other Woman Jake Escaler
2012 The Reunion Jay
2012 24/7 in Love Special Participation
2014 Bride for Rent Onyok dela Cruz
2014 Once A Princess Ricky Almeda
2015 Must Date The Playboy Nathan Ocampo
2016 Always Be My Maybe Pancho
2016 I America [17]

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result Source
2008 Shake, Rattle, and Roll 9 PMPC Star Awards for Movies New Movie Actor of the Year Won [18]


  1. "Matt Evans, Girlfriend Wed". ABS-CBN News. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. Amoyo, Aster (2 July 2014). "Matt Evans Malaki ang Ipinagbago nang Magkaasawa". Rated A. Pilipino Star Ngayon. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. "Matt Evans, Wife Katrina Expecting Second Baby". ABS-CBN News. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  4. "Aggrieved Matt Evans Vows Not to Reconcile with Live-in Partner". InterAksyon. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  5. "Matt Evans Arrested for Allegedly Hurting Partner". ABS-CBN News. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  6. "Notebook (Highschool Love)". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  7. Quintos, Napoleon (13 February 2009). "Matt Evans and Melissa Ricks Star in the TV Version of Underage". Feature. ABS-CBN. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  8. "Tasa (Broken Home)". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  9. "Bangka (Nanay Curing 1)". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  10. "Titulo (Baril at Bulaklak)". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  11. "School ID". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  12. "Tinapay". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  13. "Bahay". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  14. "Kamay (Deaf Girl)". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  15. "Pagkain (Big Love)". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  16. "Puno ng Mangga". Maalaala Mo Kaya. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  17. "I America". Cinemalaya Institute. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  18. "One More Chance Big Winner sa Star Awards". The Philippine Star. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
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