Matt Ryan (actor)

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Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan 2017.jpg
Ryan in 2017
Born
Matthew Darren Evans

(1981-04-11) 11 April 1981 (age 37)
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present

Matt Ryan (born 11 April 1981, Swansea, Wales)[1] is a Welsh actor. He is known for voicing Edward Kenway in the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and portraying John Constantine in NBC's Constantine and The CW's Arrowverse, as well as voicing the character in the 2017 film Justice League Dark 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]

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".[1]

He performed the voice and motion capture of Edward Kenway in Ubisoft Montreal's video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.[4][5][6] In February 2014, it was announced that Ryan was cast as John Constantine in NBC's pilot for Constantine.[7] He starred in all 13 episodes of the series' only season. He reprised his role in a crossover episode of The CW's Arrow,[8] as well as the 2017 animated film Justice League Dark.[9][10] 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.[11] He later reprised the role in several episodes of the third season of Legends of Tomorrow.[12][13] Ryan was promoted to series regular for the fourth season of Legends of Tomorrow.[14]

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][15]

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

Filmography[edit]

Ryan at San Diego Comic Con in 2014

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
2015 Away Dex
2017 Justice League Dark John Constantine (voice)
2018 Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie John Constantine / Constantine Demons (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 Lead role; 13 episodes
2015 Arrow Episode: "Haunted"
2017 The Halcyon Joe O'Hara Series regular; 8 episodes[16]
2017–present Legends of Tomorrow John Constantine Recurring role (season 3);[17] series regular (season 4)
2018 Constantine: City of Demons John Constantine / Constantine Demons Web series; lead role (voice)

Theatre[edit]

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 2012 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

References[edit]

  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". walesonline.co.uk. 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. ^ AssassinsCreed (26 July 2013). San Diego Comic-Con Panel Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag [North America]. Retrieved 2 August 2013 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ PlayStation (30 August 2013). The Actors of Black Flag | Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag. YouTube. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  6. ^ Williams, Kathryn (22 September 2013). "Shiver me timbers! Pirate hero in new Assassin's Creed is a Welshman!". Wales Online. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva (21 February 2014). "Matt Ryan Lands Title Role in NBC Pilot 'Constantine' Based on DC Comic". Deadline. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (11 August 2015). "Matt Ryan to Reprise 'Constantine' Role on The CW's 'Arrow'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  9. ^ Mueller, Matthew (7 June 2016). "Justice League Dark Revealed To Be Next DC Animated Movie". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  10. ^ Damore, Meagan (23 July 2016). "SDCC: "Justice League Dark" Animated Film Confirmed; "Teen Titans" & More Announced". Comic Book Resources.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (8 January 2017). "'Constantine' Back As Animated Series For CW Seed With Greg Berlanti Producing". Deadline. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  12. ^ "'Legends of Tomorrow' loses another team member". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  13. ^ Burlingame, Russ (1 March 2018). "'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' Synopsis For "Necromancing the Stone" Released". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Thérèse Raquin". Roundabout Theatre Company.
  16. ^ "The Halcyon – S1 – Episode 1". Radio Times.
  17. ^ Gelman, Vlada (9 October 2017). "Legends of Tomorrow: Matt Ryan's Constantine to Visit in Season 3".

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