Jay Ryan (actor)

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Jay Ryan
Jay Ryan by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Ryan at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego
Born Jay Bunyan
(1981-08-29) 29 August 1981 (age 33)
New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Jay Bunyan (born 29 August 1981), better known by his stage name Jay Ryan, is a New Zealand actor. He is best known for his roles as Jack Scully in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Kevin in the New Zealand comedy-drama series Go Girls and Vincent Keller in the American television series Beauty & the Beast.


Under his birthname of Jay Bunyan, he appeared as "Glen" in the "Scallywag Pirates"(2000) and had a minor role in Xena. He is known for his portrayal of Jack Scully in the Australian soap opera Neighbours from late 2002 until January 2005. He reportedly turned down a major role in a Canadian action movie to play the part.

When auditioning for roles in Los Angeles, it was suggested that Ryan change his name. It was felt that "Bunyan" sounded too similar to bunion.[citation needed] Starting 2007 Ryan has played Seaman William "Billy" Webb aka Spider in the popular Australian drama, Sea Patrol.

From a theatre background Ryan has shared the stage with the likes of John Cleese and toured internationally with 'The Packer', an acclaimed solo show written by NZ/Niuean playwright Dianna Fuemana.

Since 2009, Ryan has played Kevin in the New Zealand comedy/drama series Go Girls.[1] In 2011, he joined the cast of the Australian comedy/drama series Offspring.[2] Also in 2011, Ryan guest starred on the American science fiction series Terra Nova, playing a murderer. For this role, Ryan utilized an American accent.

In 2012, Ryan was cast as the male lead in the CW's Beauty & the Beast pilot.[3] The CW officially announced the series at the May 2012 Up Fronts in New York.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ryan and Dianna Fuemana, welcomed a daughter, Eve, in March 2013.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Superfire Dennis TV movie
2003 You Wish! Charles TV movie
2008 Mockingbird Joel short
2008 Bleeders Finn short
2009 Franswa Sharl Sonny short
2010 Lou Cosmo
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Young Hercules Cadet 1 Episode
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess Zortis 1 Episode
2002 The Tribe 2 Episodes
2002 Being Eve Sam Hooper 13 Episodes
2002–2005 Neighbours Jack Scully Portrayed the role from November 13, 2002–January 11, 2005; 173 Episodes
2005 Interrogation Police Constable Dean Salmon 3 Episodes
2007–2009 Sea Patrol Seaman Billy "Spider" Webb Main Role (Seasons 1–3); 39 Episodes
2009–2012 Go Girls Kevin Lead Role (Seasons 1–4); 46 episodes
2010 Legend of the Seeker Alastair 1 Episode
2011 Offspring Fraser King 6 episodes
2011 Terra Nova Curran 3 episodes
2012–present Beauty & the Beast Vincent Keller (The Beast) Lead Role
2013 Top of the Lake Mark Mitcham 6 episodes


Was nominated for the 2003 Most Popular New Male Talent Logie, but lost to fellow Neighbours castmate, Patrick Harvey.


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