25 January 1950
Bayswater, London, England
|Other names||Chris Ryan|
Ryan was the only Young Ones cast member who was not already well known in British comedy circles (the other principal parts being taken by The Comic Strip members Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle). He was a last-minute replacement for Peter Richardson, for whom the "straight man" role of "Mike" was originally intended.
In 1987 he starred in the short-lived BBC sitcom A Small Problem. He played "Lucky" in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Queen's Theatre in the West End in 1991, alongside Mayall and Edmondson. He later played "Dave Hedgehog" in Bottom, and "Marshall Turtle", one of Edina's unloved ex-husbands, on Absolutely Fabulous. He has also appeared in two major sitcoms: he played one of the Driscoll brothers in an episode of Only Fools And Horses and spin-off The Green Green Grass, a pair of identical twin builders in the One Foot in the Grave episode "Hole In The Sky", and a plumber in the episode "The Valley of Fear". He appeared in Mr. Bean Goes Back To School, in two episodes of My Family, in Saxondale. He joined up again with Jennifer Saunders for two episodes of The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle.
In 1986, he appeared in the science fiction series Doctor Who as the alien creature Lord Kiv in the serial The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp, and as one of the rose-painting playing cards in the 1999 TV version of Alice in Wonderland. He guest starred in SpongeBob SquarePants as Professor Percy in the 2006 episode "Chimps Ahoy". In 2008, he again guest starred in Doctor Who in the episodes "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky", as the Sontaran leader "General Staal", and in the 2010 episode "The Pandorica Opens", playing another Sontaran character, "Commander Stark". In 2012 he appeared in the role of "Marshall" in Episode 3 "Olympics" of the Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials.
- From the programme to the production.
- "Doctor Who: Casting Update". BBC. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
- "HCX Pick of Chrismas Events". Her Campus Media, LLC. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
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