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
BornAugust 29, 1981
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Dianna Fuemana

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 programme Go Girls, Mark Mitcham in the internationally produced New Zealand television programme Top of the Lake, Vincent Keller in the American television series Beauty & the Beast and Detective Ben Wesley in the Canadian television series Mary Kills People.

Ryan made his feature film breakthrough playing adult Ben Hanscom in It Chapter Two, a sequel to the 2017 horror film It, based on the 1986 novel of the same name.


Under the name 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 2009.

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.[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 utilised 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]

Ryan starred as the adult Ben Hanscom in the 2019 horror film It Chapter Two, the sequel to It (2017). He shares the character with Jeremy Ray Taylor.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Superfire Dennis Television movie
2003 You Wish! Charles Television movie
2008 Mockingbird Joel Short film
2008 Bleeders Finn Short film
2009 Franswa Sharl Sonny Short film
2010 Lou Cosmo
2019 It Chapter Two Ben Hanscom

Shared role with Jeremy Ray Taylor


Year Title Role Notes
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; 222 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)
"Proof" (S01E08)
"Within" (S01E11)
2012–2016 Beauty & the Beast Vincent Keller Main role
2013 Top of the Lake Mark Mitcham Miniseries; 6 episodes
2017–present Mary Kills People Detective Ben Wesley Series regular
2018 Fighting Season Sgt Sean Collins Miniseries; 6 episodes

Personal life[edit]

Jay Ryan and Dianna Fuemana had a daughter in 2013.[5]


Year Award Work Result
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


  1. ^ "Go Girls | Television New Zealand | Television | TV One, TV2, U, TVNZ 7". Tvnz.co.nz. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  2. ^ "The Return". Retrieved 30 September 2018 – via www.imdb.com.
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2 March 2012). "Scoop: Terra Nova Stud Cast Opposite Kristin Kreuk in The CW's Beauty and the Beast Pilot". Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  4. ^ "A look at CW's new series: 'Beauty and the Beast' [VIDEO]". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  5. ^ Leon, Anya (August 2013). "Jay Ryan Welcomes Daughter Eve". People Magazine. Retrieved 31 July 2013.

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