Matt Ryan (actor)

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Matt Ryan
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Ryan in 2014
Born Matthew Darren Evans
(1981-04-11) 11 April 1981 (age 36)
Swansea, Wales, UK
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present

Matt Ryan (born Matthew Darren Evans; 11 April 1981)[1] is a British actor from Swansea, Wales, best known as Edward Kenway in the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and John Constantine in the NBC series Constantine and The CW series Arrow, as well as voicing the character in the 2017 film Justice League Dark.

Early life[edit]

Ryan was born in Swansea, the son of Steve, a postman turned record producer, and Maria Evans, a dance teacher. He attended schools in Penyrheol before moving on to Gorseinon College, where he completed a BTEC Performing Arts course.[2] He graduated from the Bristol Old Vic in 2003 and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2004.

Career[edit]

As a child, Ryan appeared as Gavroche in the West End production of Les Misérables. He played Mick Rawson on the CBS series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, a character that had been introduced in the Criminal Minds episode "The Fight".[3][4] He performed the voice and motion capture of Edward Kenway in Ubisoft Montreal's video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.[5][6][7] In February 2014, it was announced that Ryan was cast as John Constantine in NBC's pilot for Constantine.[8] He starred in all 13 episodes of the first and only season. He reprised his role in a crossover episode of Arrow.[9] On January 8, 2017, The CW announced an animated series of Constantine on the CW Seed app with Ryan confirmed to reprise the character.[10]

In the 2015 production of Thérèse Raquin at the Roundabout Theater at Studio 54 he played Laurent opposite Keira Knightley, Judith Light, and Gabriel Ebert.[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Ryan at San Diego Comic Con in 2014

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Pocket Money Johnny
2004 Layer Cake Junkie 2
2007 Consenting Adults Charley Bullard
2007 Blood Monkey Seth
2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Gerry
2009 Wild Decembers Bugler
2011 Flypaper Gates
2012 Armistice Edward Sterling
2013 500 Miles North John Hogg
2017 Justice League Dark John Constantine (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Nuts and Bolts Gilly
2004 Mine All Mine Tonker Season 1, episode 2
2007 The Tudors Richard Pace 2 episodes
2008 HolbyBlue Frankie Season 2, episode 7
2008 Torchwood Dale Episode: "Meat"
2010 Criminal Minds Mick Rawson Episode: "The Fight"
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Series regular; 13 episodes
2014–15 Constantine John Constantine Series regular; 13 episodes
2015 Arrow Guest role; 1 episode
2017 The Halcyon Joe O'Hara 8 episodes[13]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Edward Kenway Voice and motion capture

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry.com. "England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005". 
  2. ^ Price, Karen (18 November 2013). "Welsh actor reunites with Jude Law for major stage drama". walesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Matt Ryan". The Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com, Inc. 1990–2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Price, Karen (29 June 2009). "Understudy ready to rise to the Hamlet challenge". Western Mail. Cardiff, Wales. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  5. ^ AssassinsCreed (July 26, 2013). San Diego Comic-Con Panel Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag [North America]. YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ PlayStation (August 30, 2013). The Actors of Black Flag | Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag. YouTube. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Williams, Kathryn (22 September 2013). "Shiver me timbers! Pirate hero in new Assassin's Creed is a Welshman!". Wales Online. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 21, 2014). "Matt Ryan Lands Title Role In NBC Pilot ‘Constantine’ Based On DC Comic". Deadline. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (11 August 2015). "Matt Ryan to Reprise 'Constantine' Role on The CW's 'Arrow'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 8, 2017). "‘Constantine’ Back As Animated Series For CW Seed With Greg Berlanti Producing". Deadline. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ Matt Ryan of Constantine, Judith Light Join Keira Knightley on Broadway by Gordon Cox, Variety, 10 June 2015
  12. ^ Raquin at the Roundabout
  13. ^ http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/fhkj2y/the-halcyon--02012017

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