Jay Ryan

*Jay Ryan
(35 years old)

29 August 1981
Auckland, New Zealand
6' 0¾" (1,85 m)

 Jay just finished starring in the critically acclaimed New Zealand series "Go Girls," and recently appeared in US series "Terra Nova", executive produced by Steven Spielberg. He now stars alongside Kristen Kreuk from "Smallville" in a hit new CW series, "Beauty and the Beast," which began airing this fall in the US. 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. - IMDb Mini Biography By: KK

He has a sister who is half Tongan.

Before his career took off he used to be a clown, entertaining young children on the weekends at a local supermarket.

Due to the success of The Packer, he was offered a movie role but had to turn it down due to Vecinos (1985).

His best friend, Dianna Fuemana, whom he took to the 2003 Logie Awards, is also the writer/director of his last play, The Packer.

Was lined up for a role in Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003) and a Canadian action movie before deciding to take the role in Vecinos (1985).

Filming Neighbours in Melbourne, Australia [December 2003]

Auditioning for roles in Los Angeles, USA. [February 2005]

Shooting Sea Patrol on location in far North Queensland and at Warner Brothers Studios, Gold Coast, Australia. [January 2007]

Personal Quotes*

"We got a bit of flak from the Australian press. They were trying to fish for gossip about Michelle and me. It was pretty full-on." (on the reaction to him and co-star Michelle Angliving together.)

I always seem to get parts where I play the sports professional - and that's not me at all!

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