Jay Ryan (actor)
Ryan at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego
29 August 1981
Auckland, New Zealand
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: Warrior Princess. 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. From 2007 to 2009, Ryan 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.
From 2009 to 2012, Ryan played Kevin in the New Zealand comedy/drama series Go Girls. In 2011, he joined the cast of the Australian comedy/drama series Offspring. 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.
|2003||You Wish!||Charles||Television movie|
|2009||Franswa Sharl||Sonny||Short film|
|1998||Young Hercules||Cadet||"Keeping Up with the Jasons" (S01E08)|
|1999||Xena: Warrior Princess||Zortis||"Fallen Angel" (S05E01)|
|2002||The Tribe||Season 4 Episodes 38, 39|
|2002||Being Eve||Sam Hooper||Series regular (Season 2); 13 episodes|
|2002–2005||Neighbours||Jack Scully||Main role: November 13, 2002 – January 11, 2005; 176 episodes|
|2005||Interrogation||Police Constable Dean Salmon||Guest role; 3 episodes|
|2007–2009||Sea Patrol||Seaman Billy "Spider" Webb||Main role: 39 episodes|
|2009–2012||Go Girls||Kevin||Main role (Seasons 1–4): 46 episodes|
|2010||Legend of the Seeker||Alastair||"Eternity" (S02E20)|
|2011||Offspring||Fraser King||"The Return" (S02E01)
"Baby Bumps" (S02E02)
Dates, Decisions & Divorces" (S02E03)
"Together, We Are One" (S02E04)
"The Way You Are" (S02E05)
"Behind Closed Doors" (S02E06)
|2011||Terra Nova||Curran||"Bylaw" (S01E06)
|2012–2016||Beauty & the Beast||Vincent Keller||Main role|
|2013||Top of the Lake||Mark Mitcham||Miniseries; 6 episodes|
Ryan and Dianna Fuemana, welcomed a daughter, Eve, in March 2013.
|2003||Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent||Neighbours||Nominated|
|2014||Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Miniseries or Telemovie||Top of the Lake||Won|
- "Go Girls | Television New Zealand | Television | TV One, TV2, U, TVNZ 7". Tvnz.co.nz. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
- "Offspring" Episode #2.1 (TV episode 2011) - IMDb
- Leon, Anya (August 2013). "Jay Ryan Welcomes Daughter Eve". People Magazine. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
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