‘Chicago Fire’ Season 10: Who Plays Newcomer Chief Hawkins?

Chicago Fire Season 10 said goodbye to a major character who has been with the series since the beginning. Jesse Spencer left his role as Matt Casey after episode 5. Luckily a few new faces have joined the cast, such as Paramedic Field Chief Evan Hawkins. Hawkins is a recurring character in season 10 who may even be a potential love interest for Violet Mikami. Still, fans might be wondering who plays Hawkins and where they’ve seen the actor before.

Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins in Chicago Fire Season 10. Hawkins sits at a desk with a pen and paper. He is wearing a white shirt and a tie and smiling.
Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins in ‘Chicago Fire’ Season 10 | Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC

Jimmy Nicholas plays Chief Hawkins in ‘Chicago Fire’ Season 10

Chief Hawkins was first introduced to Chicago Fire Season 10 to investigate Sylvie Brett breaking protocol. Later, Brett comes to Hawkins for approval on her Paramedicine project. Although Hawkins originally shoots the idea down, he reconsiders with a little persuading from Mouch. In the end, Hawkins plays a big part in getting the project off the ground.

There has also been a hint of romance between Violet and Hawkins. When Violet collapsed after her appendix burst, Hawkins rode with her in the ambulance to the hospital. Violet later finds out from Brett that Hawkins checked on her multiple times while she was recovering and pushed to make sure she got the best room in the hospital. Hawkins seems to be interested in Violet at the very least, and Blake Gallo has been taking notice of the pair’s interactions.

Here’s where you’ve seen Jimmy Nicholas before

Before joining the cast of Chicago Fire Season 10, Nicholas spent time as a stage actor, namely starring as Danny Zuko in the Marriott Theatre production of Grease, according to the theater’s website. Nicholas also had a role in the 2015 film Fathers and Daughters.

Chicago Fire isn’t Nicholas’ first role on TV. The actor appeared in shows such as The Good Wife, Instinct, and Madam Secretary, according to IMDb, before tackling the role of Chief Hawkins on the NBC series. Nicholas also has a podcast called Everything but the Kitchen Sink.

Will Jimmy Nicholas appear in ‘Chicago Fire’ Season 10 Episode 10?

So far in Chicago Fire Season 10, Hawkins is only a recurring character. Luckily his time on the series will continue after the fall finale. Nicholas appears in promo photos for episode 10, so fans can expect to see him when the series comes back from break on Jan. 5, 2022.

Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins, Hanako Greensmith as Violet, and Kara Kilmer as Sylvie Brett in Chicago Fire Season 10. The trio stand on the sidewalk in front of two fire trucks.
Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins, Hanako Greensmith as Violet, and Kara Kilmer as Sylvie Brett in ‘Chicago Fire’ Season 10 | Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC

In an interview with Parade, executive producer/showrunner Derek Haas teased a possible love triangle between Violet, Gallo, and Hawkins. “So, the problem there is Gallo was going to admit to Violet that he still had feelings for her, but she was on medication because of her appendix so she didn’t get to hear that,” Haas told the outlet.

“And then on top of that, you’ve got Hawkins, who’s her boss, who we initially weren’t sure if we liked him or no, but now it looks like he goes the extra mile for his paramedics and might be worthy of her affection, so that makes for a fun triangle. And you know that’s our favorite shape on Chicago Fire, we like triangles.”

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