Dylan Neal

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Dylan Neal
Dylan Neal publicity shot.jpg
Born Dylan Jeremy Neal
(1969-10-08) October 8, 1969 (age 48)
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Becky Southwell (m. 1996)
Children 2

Dylan Jeremy Neal (born October 8, 1969[1]) is a Canadian actor. He holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. He is known for his portrayal of the character Dylan Shaw on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, Doug Witter on Dawson's Creek, and Detective Mike Celluci in the supernatural series Blood Ties. He also played Aaron Jacobs on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

In 2013, Neal landed the lead role opposite Andie MacDowell in the Hallmark Channel's first scripted TV series, Cedar Cove.[2][3][4] The series premiered on July 20, 2013, and is based on the series of books by the same name, written by Debbie Macomber. In 2015, he started appearing as Henry Ross in Hallmark's original mystery series Gourmet Detective.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Dylan Neal was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, in 1969. Four months after his birth, his family moved to Oakville, Ontario. He attended Appleby College in Oakville and initially wanted to become a professional squash player.[7]

Neal transferred to T. A. Blakelock High School in Oakville for his last two years of schooling. It was there that he gained an interest in the Performing Arts and participated in his school's Drama Program. In light of his newfound passion and upon the advice of his Drama teacher, Neal decided he wanted to make a career of acting.[7]

Before becoming an actor, Neal was a caterer and delivered lunch baskets to private businesses in industrial areas around Toronto.[8] He also delivered pizzas for a living before making it as an actor.[1][8] He has been passionate about furniture making.[9]

Neal is married to TV writer Becky Southwell who has co-written some of the Gourmet Detective films with him. They were married on 21 September 1996 and have two children together.[10][11]


Neal has said that, after finishing his work on The Bold and the Beautiful, he was initially concerned about his ability to find another acting job. "There are certain expectations--or a certain lack of expectations--of soap opera actors," he said.[8]

In 2007, Neal gained popularity among the sci-fi/fantasy genre fan base after taking on the role of Detective Mike Celluci in Lifetime's Canadian vampire fantasy show Blood Ties, in which he starred alongside Christina Cox and Kyle Schmid. The producers of the show ultimately chose Neal, Cox, and Schmid as the three leads of the show over other auditioning actors after observing the natural chemistry among the trio.[12] Neal later commented that fans often compliment the three actors for their charming on-screen chemistry and camaraderie.[12]

Neal currently plays the male lead opposite Andie MacDowell in the television series Cedar Cove for the Hallmark Channel. Neal plays Jack Griffith, a Philadelphia reporter. He played Bob Adams, stepfather to the main character Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), in the highly anticipated film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).[13]

Neal and his wife, Becky Southwell, write and produce their own projects through Southwell Neal Entertainment. They are the creative force behind the Gourmet Detective original films for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, based on the novels by Peter King. As of June 2017, Neal has made 4 TV Movies based on the character.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 I'll Never Get to Heaven Carl
1997 Taylor's Return Robert
2001 XCU: Extreme Close Up Lew Constant
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights David
2002 Landspeed Young Brian Sanger
2005 Locusts Dan Dryer Main role
2005 Mute James Short film
2005 Extreme Dating Sean
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Hermes [16]
2010 The Traveler Detective Alexander Black
2010 My Family's Secret Jason Darcie [17]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Bob Adams [18]
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Bob Adams Unrated Edition[19]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Learning the Ropes Student Hunk 1 episode
1988 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future Jon Power 2 episodes
1988 Summer Storm TV miniseries
1989 War of the Worlds Scavenger 1 1 episode
1989 My Secret Identity Sean Casey 1 episode
1990 E.N.G. Kevin Wilkes 1 episode
1990 Prom Night III: The Last Kiss Andrew Douglas video
1990 Maniac Mansion Bo Riddley 1 episode
1991 Top Cops Robert Schaller/Ricky Grim/Corky 1 episode
1992 Catwalk 1 episode
1993 Sweating Bullets River Rhodes 1 episode
1993 Class of '96 Phillip 1 episode
1993 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Jim Reardon 1 episode
1996 Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story John Wallace TV movie
1994–1996 The Bold and the Beautiful Dylan Shaw[20] 119 episodes
1997 Moloney 1 episode
1997 Life with Roger Collin, the Exterminator 1 episode
1997 Pacific Palisades Cory Robbins 7 episodes
1998 Profiler Philip Nichols 1 episode
1998 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Roger Persimmons 1 episode
1998 Working Royce 1 episode
1998 You Wish Ken 1 episode
1998–1999 Hyperion Bay Nick Sweeny 17 episodes
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek Doug Witter 20 episodes
1999 JAG Lt. Dalton "Boomer" Jonas 3 episodes
1999 It's Like, You Know... Kevin 1 episode
2000 The President's Man Sgt. Deke Slater TV movie
2001 Thieves Drew 1 episode
2002 Flatland David White 1 episode
2002 Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers David Martell TV movie
2002 Relic Hunter Zack 1 episode
2002 She Spies Dr. Ellison 1 episode
2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Aaron Jacobs 10 episodes
2003 I'm with Her John 1 episode
2004 LAX Harley's Date 1 episode
2004 Kevin Hill Trevor Mallard 1 episode
2005 Chupacabra Terror Lance Thompson video
2005 CSI: Miami Patrick Hale 1 episode
2005 Bones Lt. Col. Ben Fordham 1 episode
2005 Vampire Bats Dan Dryer TV movie
2006 The War at Home Dr. Jonathan Vogel 1 episode
2006 Cradle of Lies Jack Collins TV movie
2006 The Jake Effect Robert 2 episodes
2007 No Brother of Mine Stuart St. Clair TV movie
2007 Matters of Life and Dating Guy DeMayo TV movie
2007–2008 Blood Ties Detective Mike Celluci Main role, 22 episodes
2008 Psych Jann 1 episode
2008 Stargate Atlantis Dave Sheppard 1 episode
2009 The L Word Caleb Cooper 2 episodes
2009 Wild Roses Dillon Parker 8 episodes
2009 Storm Seekers Ryan Stewart TV movie
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Sergeant Jasper Linney 1 episode
2010 Human Target Wes Gibson 1 episode
2009–2010 Smallville Ray Sacks 2 episodes
2010 Life Unexpected Bruce Jackson 1 episode
2011 He Loves Me Nick TV movie
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mr. Culver 1 episode
2011 Another Man's Wife Brian Warner TV movie
2011 Ice Road Terror Neil Conroy TV movie
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Dr. Hanson/Russell Dempsey 1 episode
2011 A Trusted Man Tom TV movie
2011 Haven Hugh Underwood 1 episode
2011 Flashpoint Cpt. Simon Griggs 1 episode
2012 90210 William Paddington 1 episode
2012 Ringer Washburn Milter 1 episode
2013–2015 Cedar Cove Jack Griffith Hallmark Channel TV Series; Main role
2013 Bones Ben Fordham Episode 6
2013–2014 Arrow Professor Ivo 7 episodes[21][22][23]
2014 A Wife's Nightmare Gabe Lifetime TV movie[24][25]
2015-2017 The Gourmet Detective film series Henry Ross Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel TV movies; Main character, 4 films [26][27][28][29]
2016 Looks Like Christmas Terry Evans Hallmark Channel TV movie [30][31]
2017 Murdoch Mysteries Sergeant Jasper Linney 1 episode[32]


  1. ^ a b "Catching up with....Dylan Neal". Soap Opera Digest. July 22, 2013. p. 73.
  2. ^ "Dylan Neal Joins Cast of Hallmark Channel's Original Movie CEDAR COVE". Broadway World. 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Home & Family - Actor Dylan Neal talks about his on-screen Romance with Andie MacDowell". Hallmark Channel's Youtube Channel. 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "The People of Cedar Cove - Dylan Neal as Jack". Hallmark Channel's Youtube Channel. 1 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "'B&B' Alum Dylan Neal Writes And Stars In Hallmark's 'Gourmet Detective'". Soap Opera Network. 13 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dylan Neal stars in 'Gourmet Detective' on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries". Herald Extra. 16 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Dylan Neal Biography". Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "Dylan Neal at RingCon". Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "'Cedar Cove' Star Dylan Neal Is Passionate About Furniture Making". Woodworking Network. 15 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Big Picture: Dylan Neal in high gear". Times Colonist. 24 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "50 Shades of Grey star Dylan Neal opens up about his married life, wife Becky Southwell, and family". frostnow.com. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "Dylan Neal and Kyle Schmid at Fan Convention". Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "On the Cover: Dylan Neal talks about starring in Fifty Shades of Grey and his Richmond Hill roots". Post City Toronto. 29 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "PREVIEW "GOURMET DETECTIVE"". Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "DYLAN NEAL". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  16. ^ "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief". Cineplex. 12 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "My Family's Secret (2010)". themoviescene.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Taps Dylan Neal As Anastasia Steele's Stepfather". Deadline. 4 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Laters, baby! Frustrated fans of Fifty Shades will get satisfaction this summer with TEN more minutes of kinky sex play in Director's Cut DVD". DailyMail. 11 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Dylan Shaw". soapcentral.com. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  21. ^ "Dylan Neal Cast as Dr. Anthony Ivo in Arrow". ComingSoon. 27 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "'Arrow' Exclusive Interview: Dylan Neal Teases Upcoming Collision on the Island". BuddyTV. 27 February 2014. 
  23. ^ "'ARROW' SEASON 2 EXCLUSIVE: 'PERCY JACKSON' STAR DYLAN NEAL JOINS AS DC'S DR. ANTHONY IVO!". ScreenCrush. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  24. ^ "Who Plays Gabe in 'A Wife's Nightmare'? Dylan Neal Has Portrayed a Suspicious Character Before". Bustle. 27 December 2017. 
  25. ^ "Lifetime Movie A Wife's Nightmare Was Actually More Of A Weird Dream". Alloy. 28 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Hallmark Movies Gourmet Detective 2, Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns Find Dead Body". Hollywood Daily Star. 2 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Hallmark cooks up another mystery with 'Death Al Dente: A Gourmet Detective Mystery'". Herald Extra. 12 October 2016. 
  28. ^ "Get the Dish on Death al Dente: A Gourmet Detective Mystery". Channel Guide Mag. 9 October 2016. 
  29. ^ "Movies 24 Sets UK Premiere Date For 'The Gourmet Detective: Eat, Drink, And Be Buried'". TVWise. 30 November 2017. 
  30. ^ "Looks Like Christmas (2016)". themoviescene.co.uk. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  31. ^ "Who Is Single Dad Terry In Hallmark's 'Looks Like Christmas'?". 2Paragraphs. 3 December 2016. 
  32. ^ "Murdoch Mysteries fans get sneak peek at holiday special on big screen". Times Colonist. 16 December 2017. 

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