Matt Ryan (actor)

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Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan At Wales Comic-Con Homecoming Wrexham 2022.jpg
Matt Ryan At Wales Comic-Con Homecoming Wrexham 2022
Matthew Darren Evans

(1981-04-11) 11 April 1981 (age 41)
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active2001–present

Matthew Darren Evans (born 11 April 1981),[1] known professionally as Matt Ryan, is a Welsh actor. He is known for portraying Edward Kenway in the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and John Constantine in NBC's Constantine and The CW's Arrowverse, as well as voicing a version of the character in the 2017 film Justice League Dark, the 2020 film Justice League Dark: Apokolips War and its CW Seed spin-off web series Constantine: City of Demons.

Early life[edit]

Ryan was born in Swansea as Matthew Darren Evans, the son of Steve and Maria Evans.[2]

He attended schools in Penyrheol before moving on to Gorseinon College,[2] where he completed a BTEC Performing Arts course. He graduated from the Bristol Old Vic[2] in 2003 and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2004.[3]


When he was 10,[4] 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".[1]

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 series' only season. He reprised his role in a crossover episode of The CW's Arrow,[9] as well as the 2017 animated film Justice League Dark.[10][11] On 8 January 2017, The CW announced an animated series of Constantine: City of Demons on the CW Seed app with Ryan confirmed to reprise the character.[12] He later reprised the role in several episodes of the third season of Legends of Tomorrow.[13][14] Ryan was promoted to series regular for the fourth season of Legends of Tomorrow.[15]

In the 2015 production of Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Thérèse Raquin at the Roundabout Theater at Studio 54 he played Laurent opposite Keira Knightley, Judith Light, and Gabriel Ebert.[3][16]

In August 2017, he appeared on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in the play Knives in Hens by David Harrower and directed by Yaël Farber.


Ryan at San Diego Comic Con in 2014


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Pocket Money Johnny Short film
2004 Layer Cake Junkie 2
2007 Blood Monkey Seth Direct-to-video
2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Gerry
2011 Flypaper Gates
2013 Armistice Edward Sterling
2014 Heart of Lightness Stranger
500 Miles North John Hogg
2016 Away Dex
2017 Justice League Dark John Constantine (voice)
2018 Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie John Constantine / Constantine Demons (voice)
2020 Adverse Jake
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War John Constantine (voice)
2022 Constantine: The House of Mystery Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Nuts and Bolts Gilly
2004 Mine All Mine Tonker 2 episodes
2007 The Tudors Richard Pace 3 episodes
Consenting Adults Charley Bullard Television film
2008 Torchwood Dale Episode: "Meat"
HolbyBlue Frankie Season 2, episode 7
2009 Wild Decembers Bugler Television film
Collision Dave Brown Miniseries; 5 episodes
2010 Criminal Minds Mick Rawson Episode: "The Fight"
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Main role; 13 episodes
2014–2015 Constantine John Constantine
2015 Arrow Episode: "Haunted"
2017 The Halcyon Joe O'Hara Main role; 8 episodes[17]
2017–2022 Legends of Tomorrow John Constantine[a] Recurring role (season 3);[18] main role (season 4season 6); 47 episodes
Gwyn Davies Main role (season 7); 9 episodes
2018–2019 Constantine: City of Demons John Constantine / Constantine Demons (voice) Web series; main role
2019 Batwoman John Constantine Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two"[19]
The Flash Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Three"
2022 Harley Quinn Episode: "It's a Swamp Thing"; voice role


Play Year Role Theatre Director
Small Change 2008 Gerard Donmar Warehouse Peter Gill
Hamlet 2009 Horatio Donmar production at the Wyndham's Theatre Michael Grandage
Look Back in Anger 2012 Cliff Royal Court Theatre Polly Stenham
The Tempest Caliban Theatre Royal, Bath Adrian Noble
Henry V 2014 Fluellen Noel Coward Theatre Michael Grandage
Therese Raquin 2015 Laurent Roundabout Theatre, Broadway Evan Cabnet
Knives in Hens 2017 Gilbert Donmar Warehouse Yaël Farber

Video games[edit]

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


  1. ^ Also portrays King Kon-sten-tyn in season 4 episode Nip/Stuck.


  1. ^ a b Price, Karen (29 June 2009). "Understudy ready to rise to the Hamlet challenge". Western Mail. Cardiff, Wales. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Price, Karen (18 November 2013). "Welsh actor reunites with Jude Law for major stage drama". Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Cox, Gordon (10 June 2015). "Matt Ryan of Constantine, Judith Light Join Keira Knightley on Broadway". Variety.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: 'Legends' star Matt Ryan talks Constantine, character's LGBTQ importance, and his passion for Shakespeare and the stage". 7 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  5. ^ AssassinsCreed (26 July 2013). San Diego Comic-Con Panel Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag [North America]. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2013 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ PlayStation (30 August 2013). The Actors of Black Flag | Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag. YouTube. Retrieved 30 August 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 (21 February 2014). "Matt Ryan Lands Title Role in NBC Pilot 'Constantine' Based on DC Comic". Deadline. Retrieved 22 February 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. ^ Mueller, Matthew (7 June 2016). "Justice League Dark Revealed To Be Next DC Animated Movie". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  11. ^ Damore, Meagan (23 July 2016). "SDCC: "Justice League Dark" Animated Film Confirmed; "Teen Titans" & More Announced". Comic Book Resources.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (8 January 2017). "'Constantine' Back As Animated Series For CW Seed With Greg Berlanti Producing". Deadline. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  13. ^ "'Legends of Tomorrow' loses another team member". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  14. ^ Burlingame, Russ (1 March 2018). "'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Synopsis For "Necromancing the Stone" Released". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (4 April 2018). "Matt Ryan To Join 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow' As Series Regular For Season 4". Deadline. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Thérèse Raquin". Roundabout Theatre Company. Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  17. ^ "The Halcyon – S1 – Episode 1". Radio Times.
  18. ^ Gelman, Vlada (9 October 2017). "Legends of Tomorrow: Matt Ryan's Constantine to Visit in Season 3". TVLine. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  19. ^ Agard, Chancellor (9 December 2019). "'Batwoman' crossover recap: DC's past and present collide in 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'". Entertainment Weekly.

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