Jay Ryan

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“I felt more comfortable playing other people than being myself, when I was a kid. And then, the tables turned. Through my performances, I’ve become more comfortable with who I am, and then I just bring more of myself into the people that I play. ”

After admiring him in a range of characters that revealed all his versatility, we can not wait to be enchanted by his performance in the role of a terminal patient who crosses the line of the doctor-patient relationship.

Born in Auckland-New Zealand, Jay made the move across to Australia at the age of 19 to take on the role of Jack Scully in Network Ten’s long running series, “Neighbours” and as Seaman Billy ‘Spider’ Webb in the Nine Network’s “Sea Patrol”.
He has also appeared in “Young Hercules”, “Xena: Warrior Princess” with Lucy Lawless, “Superfire”, “Being Eve”, “Interrogation”, “The Tribe”, “You Wish” and the award winning series “Offspring”.
Jay finished starring in the critically acclaimed New Zealand series “Go Girls,” and appeared in US series “Terra Nova”, executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
He stars alongside Kristin Kreuk from “Smallville” in the CW series, “Beauty and the Beast”.

On the big screen Jay has been seen in Belinda Chayko’s “Lou” with British legend John Hurt and the AFTRS feature “The Rookie”. He has also appeared in the short films “Bleeders”, “Mockingbird” and “Franswa Sharl” directed by Hannah Hilliard. Franswa Sharl was awarded the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, the IF Media Award for Most Popular Film at the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and Best Australian Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
Jay has appeared in numerous theatre productions including an international tour with “Monty Pythons” John Cleese in “Seven Ways To Skin an Ocelot”.

He also starred in “The Packer”, a one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that went on to tour New Zealand, Australia and Los Angeles. “The Packer” was nominated for Best International Contribution to Los Angeles Theatre at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

In 2012 Jay began working with Academy Award winning director Jane Campion on the BBC mini-series “Top Of The Lake” and was awarded “Best Actor” in New Zealand’s ‘Best On The Box’ awards.

After two season of the acclaimed Canadian series Mary Kills People from Entertainment One and Cameron Pictures, looking forward to knowing if his character Ben Wesley is alive and will cross again Mary’s pathin season 3, airing in Spring 2019,  audience is waiting to see him as lead character Sgt Sean Collins, in Fighting Season, a Goalpost Pictures new six-part event drama airing late this year on Showcase Foxtel Australia.

If, however, in the last two months he’s been on everyone’s lips, this is obviously due to the fact he will play Ben Hanscom in second part of long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s IT,  Andy Muschietti’s IT Chapter 2. By his side as costar, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa, Andy Bean, Xavier Dolan, and, of course, Bill Skarsgård.
They’re currently filming in Canada, around Toronto, and Warner has already announced IT Chapter Two will arrive in cinemas on 6 September 2019.

Awards

2014-2015-2016
People’s Choice Award
Favourite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

2013
People’s Choice Awards
Favorite New TV Drama – Beauty and the Beast

Film

2018 – in production
IT Chapter Two – Ben Hanscom
New Line Cinema
Dir: Andy Muschietti

2010
Lou – Cosmo
Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC)
Dir: Belinda Chayko

Short Film
2009
Franswa Sharl  – Sonny
Peccadillo Pictures
Dir: Hannah Hilliard

2008
Bleeders – Finn
Dir: Leigh Richards

2008
Mockingbird – Joel
AFTRS
Dir: Hannah Hilliard

2007
Dusk Night Dawn – Jack
Chaotic Pictures
Dir: Angela Miller

2004
Warra Warra – Ridley
Dir: Christopher John Williamson
Tele-Feature

2003
You Wish! – Charles
Alan Sacks Productions | Disney Channel
Dir: Paul Hoen

2002
Superfire – Dennis
American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Dir: Steven Quale

Television

2018
Fighting Season – Sgt. Sean Collins
Goalpost Pictures
Dir: Kate Woods | Ben  C. Lucas

2017-
Mary Kills People – Ben Wesley
Cameron Pictures |  Entertainment ONE
Dir: Holly Dale | Norma Bailey | Kelly Makin | David Wellington

2012-2016
Beauty and the Beast – Vincent Keller
CBS Television Studios
Dir: Steven A. Adelson | Mairzee Almas | Rick Bota…

2013
Top of the Lake – Mark
See-Saw Films | British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) | Sundance Channel
Dir: Jane Campion

2011
Terra Nova – Curran
20th Century Fox Television | Amblin Television
Dir: Jon Cassar

2009-2012
Go Girls – Kevin
South Pacific Pictures
Dir: Britta Johnstone | John Laing

2011
Offspring – Fraser King
Southern Star
Dir: Kate Dennis

2010
Legend of the Seeker – Alastair

ABC Studios

2007-2009
Sea Patrol – Able Seaman Billy ‘Spider’
Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC)
Dir: Geoff Bennett

2002-2005
Neighbours – Jack Scully
Grundy Television Australia
Dir: Gary Conway | Tony Osicka

2005
Interrogation – Dean Salmon / Police Constable Dean Salmon
South Pacific Pictures
Dir: Murray Keane

2002
Being Eve – Sam Hooper
South Pacific Pictures | Nickelodeon
Dir: Peter Salmon

2002
The Tribe – Blue
Channel 5 Television
Dir: Costa Botes | John Reid

1999
Jackson’s Wharf – Zachary
South Pacific Pictures
Dir: Angela Bloomfield | John Callen | Murray Keane
1999
Xena: Warrior Princess – Zortis
Renaissance Pictures
Dir: Garth Maxwell
1998

Young Hercules – Cadet
Renaissance Pictures
Dir: Chris Graves

Theatre
2010
The Packer (One Man Show) – Hollywood Fringe Festival
All Characters (Hollywood Fringe Festival)
Dir: Jeremy Lindsay Taylor

2004
The Packer (One Man Show) –
All Characters (Edinburgh Festival)
Dir: Jeremy Lindsay Taylor

2003
The Packer (One Man Show) –
All Characters (Australia & New Zealand Tour)
Dir: Jeremy Lindsay Taylor

2001
A Street Car Named Desire
Young Collector
Auckland Theatre Company
Dir: Simon Prast

1998

Anthony and Cleopatra
Anthony
ARTCO
Dir: Elric Hooper

1998
Legacy
Zena
Massive Company
Dir: Sam Scott

1997
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Augustus Gloop
Xytech Productions
Dir: Dorothy Chisholm

1997
Storm on the Lawn
Player
Massive Company
Dir: Sam Scott

1996
The King and I
Prince Chululongkorn
The Playhouse Theatre
Dir: Dorothy Chisholm

1995
Oliver

Ensemble
The Playhouse Theatre
Dir: Dorothy Chisholm

  • source IMDB.com and actors.co.nz

 

 

One thought on “Jay Ryan

    Sallie Wilkins said:
    2 August 2016 at 17:41

    He is an awesome actor Jay Ryan.

    Liked by 1 person

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