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Shaun Evans reveals Endeavour's heartbreaking backstory - get the details 

Did you know this about the inspector's background? 

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
August 20, 2021
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Shaun Evans has opened up about the heartbreaking truth about his character, Endeavour Morse.

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The actor, who plays the character in the hit show Endeavourexplained that the books give a full backstory on Endeavour - and reveal that his mother died when he was a child. 

Chatting to PBS back in 2019, he explained: "I think the most important thing in the books is that it seems to me his relationship with women is a very interesting one. I was curious about where that begins. When you dig into the books it tells you that his mum died when he was 12 years old of cancer."

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He continued: "His mum and dad had already split up and his dad had moved on with someone else and then just as he's about to reach puberty he has to go and live with his dad, who he doesn't have a great relationship with, and this woman, who he doesn't have a good relationship with either... It turns him in on himself.

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"But I think one of the most important things is that this kid has seen his mum die and couldn't do anything to save her which I think drives him throughout the rest of his life. So his personal relationships with women are interesting as a result of that." 

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Shaun opened up about Endeavour's backstory 

Shaun previously admitted that he deliberately didn't watch the original Inspector Morse series, instead opting to read the books to learn about the character.

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He said: "The great thing about starting with books is that it's all in your imagination so there's a freedom there rather than replicating what another actor has done, with a huge amount of respect... We agreed to do a carbon copy would be dissatisfying... then I began to see the benefit of having never seen them." 

Viewers haven't got much longer to wait until more episodes of the show hit screens. Creator Russell Lewis has revealed that if all goes to plan series eight - which is speculated to be the show's final run - will be out in late 2021.

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