Ryan in February 2009
|Born||Susan Blanchard Ryan
January 12, 1967
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Ryan was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in Andover. Her mother, Brenda, is a French teacher, and her father, Ron Ryan, was President of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers. Ryan graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in political philosophy.
After graduating from college, Ryan worked at MTV in its special effects department. She started acting in commercials while studying acting and improvisation in New York City. Since someone called Susan Ryan was already registered with the Screen Actors Guild, Ryan used her middle name instead. In 2000, she appeared in an episode of Sex and the City. She was in the Broken Lizard films Super Troopers and Beerfest, as well as Big Helium Dog and several independent films. Ryan's most notable film role was in the 2003 film Open Water, for which she won the 2004 Saturn Award for Best Actress. Despite the film's success, she made only one film in the next five years (Beerfest). She appeared in four films in 2008 and two in 2009, including Under New Management and It's Complicated.
Ryan is an avid ice hockey fan; her father, Ron Ryan, was President of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, and former Coach and General Manager to the Hartford Whalers, which moved to North Carolina and was renamed the Carolina Hurricanes.
|1998||On a Sidewalk in the Fall|
|1999||Big Helium Dog||Dancer|
|2000||Sex and the City||Saleswoman||Episode: "Running with Scissors"|
|2001||Super Troopers||Casino La Fantastique Sally|
|2001||My Sister's Wedding||Diana Dytwicz|
|2003||Open Water||Susan Watkins||Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|2008||The Brooklyn Heist||Samantha|
|2008||Fatal Kiss||Frances Sweet|
|2009||Cold Calls||Dana Ewing|
|2009||Under New Management||Kelly|
|2011-2012||Blue Bloods||Reporter||2 episodes|
|2012||White Collar||Poppy Mailer||1 episode|
- Murray, Rebecca (July 26, 2004). "Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis Discuss "Open Water"". About.com.
- Keck, William (August 5, 2004). "Blanchard Ryan walking on 'Water'". USA Today.