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 Back to School Mr. Bean, 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. 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.
|1985||Santa Claus: The Movie||Vout|
|1993||Dirty Weekend||Small One|
|1996||Bottom Fluff||Dave Hedgehog||Direct-to-video|
|1997||Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not!||Marshall|
|2009||Dead Man Running||Bookie at the Dogs||Uncredited|
|1978||Target||Jock||Episode: "A Good and Faithful Woman"|
|1979||Angels||Harry||Episodes 5.13 & 5.15|
|1980||Fox||East||Episode: "Stick or Twist"|
|1981||BBC2 Playhouse||Tony||Episode: "Days at the Beach"|
|Play for Today||Hound Dog||Episode: "A Turn for the Worse"|
|The Olympian Way||Mickey Farr||Episode: "Slim Chance"|
|1982-1984||The Young Ones||Mike|
|1984||The Tempest, Act IV||Ferdinand||TV movie|
|1985||Inside Out||Tommy||Episodes 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3|
|Summer Season||Twerp||Episode: "Rachel and the Roarettes"|
|The Lenny Henry Show||N/A||Episode 2.2|
|Happy Families||Mell||Episode: "Cassie"|
|1986||Doctor Who||Kiv||Episode: "Mindwarp"|
|1987||A Small Problem||Howard|
|1989||Only Fools and Horses||Tony Driscoll||Episode: "Little Problems"|
|The Russ Abbot Show||N/A||Episode 4.12|
|1990, 1995||One Foot in the Grave||Plumber
|Episodes: "The Valley of Fear"
"Hole in the Sky"
|1991-1995||Bottom||Dave Hedgehog||Episodes: "Accident"
|1992||The New Statesman||Ioannis Douvalopoulos||Episode: "Speaking in Tongues"|
|1992-2012||Absolutely Fabulous||Marshall||Credited as Chris Ryan|
|1993||Maigret||Basie||Episode: "Maigret and the Maid"|
|Newman and Baddiel in Pieces||N/A||Episode: "Guilty"|
|1994||Requiem Apache||Club Barman||TV movie
Credited as Chris Ryan
|Mr. Bean||Karate Student||Episode: "Back to School Mr. Bean"
Credited as Chris Ryan
|1995||Health and Efficiency||Peter Hudson||Episode: "The Old Dope Peddler"|
|1997||Melissa||Les Maurice||TV mini-series|
|1998||Mike and Angelo||Brad Schnauzer||Episode: "Out of the Wardrobe"|
|1999||Alice in Wonderland||Royal Gardener 3||TV movie
Credited as Chris Ryan
|2001, 2003||My Family||Mr. Hilliard
|Episodes: "Parisian Beauty"
|2005-2006, 2009||The Green Green Grass||Tony Driscoll||Episodes: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock"
"Brothers and Sisters"
|2007||Saxondale||Ticket Inspector||Episode 2.5|
|2007||The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle||Miriam||Episodes 1.2 & 1.6|
|2008, 2010||Doctor Who||General Staal
|Episodes: "The Sontaran Stratagem"
"The Poison Sky"
"The Pandorica Opens"
|2013||It's Kevin||The Great Spagboletti||Episode 5|
- A Flea in Her Ear (Thorndike Theatre)
- Cinderella as Baron Hardup (Theatre Royal, Norwich)
- Waiting for Godot as Lucky (Queen's Theatre)
- Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense as Seppings(Theatre Royal, Nottingham)
|1992||Absolutely Fabulous||"Happy Birthday"||Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill|
|1995||One Foot in the Grave||"Let's Face The Music And Dance"||Irving Berlin|