Meghan Ory

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Meghan Ory
Meghan Ory 06172013 (cropped).jpg
Born (1982-08-20) August 20, 1982 (age 33)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) John Reardon (m. 2008)

Meghan Ory (born August 20, 1982)[citation needed] is a Canadian television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Red Riding Hood/Ruby on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time and also starred in the short-lived CBS drama Intelligence as Riley Neal.


Ory was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and attended Royal Oak Middle School and then Claremont Secondary School. After receiving the Fine Arts Award for Acting from Royal Oak in 1996, she began pursuing a career in acting.


Her first professional acting role came in 1999 in the Fox Family Channel television movie, The Darklings, opposite Suzanne Somers and Timothy Busfield. A guest appearance on the television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven followed, before she landed her first regular TV role on the Fox Family series Higher Ground in 2000, along with Hayden Christensen and A.J. Cook. After appearing on the MTV series 2ge+her (2000), Ory joined the cast of the Canadian television series Vampire High in 2001.

She continued working in television with guest appearances on The Outer Limits, Dark Angel, Glory Days, and Maybe It’s Me. She appeared in the TV movies, Lucky 7 and National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion in 2003, as well as the TV series Smallville, Life As We Know It, and The Collector, and Family Reunion in 2004. Also in 2004, Ory made her feature film debut in Decoys, directed by Matthew Hastings, whom she had previously worked with on Higher Ground and Vampire High.[1]

In 2006, Ory appeared in UPN series South Beach, and the Hallmark mini-series Merlin's Apprentice, alongside Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson. She also appeared in the feature film John Tucker Must Die and the made-for-TV film Her Sister's Keeper. In 2007, Ory appeared in Blonde and Blonder with Pamela Anderson and Denise Richards,[2] and the television film Nightmare. In 2008, Ory appeared in the television series Flash Gordon episode "Thicker Than Water". In 2009, Ory appeared in the television series Knight Rider (2008) episode 17 (Season 1) "I love the Knight Life" as Megan Connelly. She portrayed Claire Thompson in the horror-thriller film Dark House.[3][4] She also appeared as a guest star of Canadian TV Series Sanctuary as Laura. In 2010, Ory appeared in the Keystone Light beer commercial "Rescue of Beer"..[5]

Beginning fall 2011, Ory starred as Red Riding Hood/Ruby on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time. She was in most of the episodes of the first season and was promoted to the main cast in the second season of the series. She left the cast at the end of the second season, to focus on her new show Intelligence, but returned in the third season to reprise her role of Red Riding Hood/ Ruby. She will also return to the show during its fifth season for multiple episodes.[6]

In March 2013, Ory was cast as the female lead opposite Josh Holloway in the CBS drama pilot Intelligence, which co-stars Marg Helgenberger.[7] The show was cancelled after one season due to poor ratings.

Personal life[edit]

Ory has been best friends with actress A.J. Cook since she was 17.[8] In 2008, she married John Reardon, with whom she worked on Merlin's Apprentice.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Decoys Alex
2006 John Tucker Must Die Jill
2008 Blonde and Blonder Kit
2009 Dark House Claire
2010 Winner: Best Short Film Short film
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Crystal O'Rourke Digital film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Darklings, TheThe Darklings Jessie Everett TV movie
1999 Crow: Stairway to Heaven, TheThe Crow: Stairway to Heaven Alice Romano Episode: "The Road Not Taken"
2000 Higher Ground Juliette Waybourne Main role, 22 episodes
2000 2gether: The Series Heather Episode: "Crying"
2000 Hayley Wagner, Star Caitlin Curren TV movie
2001 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Danielle Hobson Episode: "Abduction"
2001 Maybe It's Me Lauren Episode: "The Cheerleader Episode"
Episode: "The Halloween Episode"
2001–02 Vampire High Sherry Woods Main role, 26 episodes
2002 Maybe It's Me Lauren Episode: "The Lab Partner Episode"
2002 Dark Angel Rachel Berrisford Episode: "The Berrisford Agenda"
2002 Glory Days Jade LaFayette / Ann Palmer Episode: "The Lost Girls"
2002 Just Cause Tracey Episode: "The Last to Know"
2003 Lucky 7 Janey TV movie
2003 National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion Allison Snider TV movie
2004 Smallville Megan Calder Episode: "Hereafter"
2004 Life as We Know It Greta Episode: "Family Hard-ships"
2004–05 Collector, TheThe Collector Katie
Shannon Conrad/Cora
Episode: "The Ice Skater"
Episode: "The Cowboy"
2006 South Beach Maggie Main role, 8 episodes
2006 Merlin's Apprentice Brianna TV miniseries
2006 Her Sister's Keeper Melissa Brennan TV movie
2007 Viva Laughlin Episode: "1.5"
2007 Nightmare Carla TV movie
2007 Painkiller Jane Wanda Episode: "Portraits of Lauren Gray"
2007 Haunting of Sorority Row, TheThe Haunting of Sorority Row Amanda TV movie
2008 Flash Gordon Sarre Episode: "Thicker Than Water"
2009 Knight Rider Dr. Megan Connelly Episode: "I Love the Knight Life"
2009 Sanctuary Laura S. Episode: "Sleepers"
2010 Psych Josie Episode: "Viagra Falls"
2011 True Justice Juliet Sanders Main role (Season 1), 13 episodes
2011–present Once Upon a Time Ruby / Red Riding Hood Recurring role (Seasons 1, 3 and 5)
Main role (Season 2)
33 Episodes
2011 Supernatural Sally Episode: "Adventures In Babysitting"
2014 Intelligence Riley Neal Main role, 13 episodes
2014 The Memory Book Chloe TV movie


  1. ^ Vampire High bio
  2. ^ Pamela Anderson & Denise Richards Go BLONDE & BLONDER, Eclipse Magazine, October 31, 2006.[dead link]
  3. ^ "AFM '09: 'Puppet Master: Axis of Evil', 'Luster' and 'Dark House'". 
  4. ^ "Fangoria FrightFest Winner Announced: Dark House!". Dread Central. 
  5. ^ gibbysgarage (May 31, 2010). "Keith Stone KeyStone Beer Commercial 2010.mpg". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  6. ^ Mitovich, Matt (September 8, 2015). "Once Upon a Time: Meghan Ory to Return as Ruby in Season 5". TV Line. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 11, 2013). "Meghan Ory Of ‘Once Upon A Time’ To Star In CBS Pilot ‘Intelligence’". Deadline. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  8. ^ "AJ Cook & Meghan Ory Enjoy a Girls' Day Out in L.A.". E! Online. March 10, 2014. 

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