Auckland, New Zealand
August 29, 1981
Ryan (born, 29 August 1981 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand actor who resides in Australia. In 2012, Ryan was cast as the male lead in the CW's Beauty and the Beast pilot. The CW officially announced the series at the May 2012 Up Fronts in New York.
In The CW’s new drama, “Beauty and The Beast,” Jay Ryan plays named Vincent Keller, a military doctor who was reportedly killed while serving in Afghanistan. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past ten years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.
As a native of New Zealand, Ryan is well known for his role as Jack Scully in that country’s long running series, “Neighbours.” Ryan’s other television credits include a guest starring role in Steven Spielberg’s “Terra Nova,” Television New Zealand’s “Go Girls,” as Kevin and as Frazer King in Ten’s exuberant drama “Off Spring,” set in Melbourne’s Fitzroy. Ryan also portrayed Seaman Billy ‘Spider’ Webb in three series of Nine Network’s “Sea Patrol,” “Legend of the Seeker” for the Starz Network, “Young Hercules,” “Xena: Warrior Princess” with Lucy Lawless, “Superfire,” “Being Eve,” “Interrogation,” “The Tribe” and “You Wish.”
On the big screen Ryan has been seen in Belinda Chayko’s “Lou,” co-starring John Hurt and Emily Barclay, as well as the AFTRS feature “The Rookie.” He has also appeared in the short films “Bleeders,” “Mockingbird” and “Franswa Sharl” directed by Hannah Hilliard.
Ryan is also no stranger to theater. He has appeared in numerous theater productions, including “Anthony and Cleopatra,” “John Cleese - His Life,” “John Cleese - Seven Ways,” “Legacy,” “To Skin an Ocelot” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” for the Auckland Theatre Company. He also starred in “The Packer,” which began as a one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival and went on to tour Australia and Los Angeles. “The Packer” was nominated for Best International Contribution to Los Angeles Theater.
Ryan will next be seen co-starring in the BBC/Sundance Channel miniseries “Top of The Lake,” written and directed by multiple award winner Jane Campion.