Noah Bean

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Noah Bean
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Bean at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Noah Whipple Bean[1]

(1978-08-20) August 20, 1978 (age 44)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Years active1998–present
(m. 2016)

Noah Whipple Bean (born August 20, 1978) is an American actor best known for his roles as Ryan Fletcher on The CW action-thriller series Nikita, as David Connor on the FX legal drama Damages and his leading performance in the independent film The Pill.


Prior to his role on Damages, Bean had a number of minor and less notable roles on the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ed, Joan of Arcadia, Numb3rs, and Crumbs, the films Williamstowne and Stay, and a number of commercials.[2]

He labels his signing on the role of David Connor on Damages, the fiancé of the protagonist, as being "lucky", praising the script of the show and also the fact that it is shot in New York City, where he is currently living.[3] He also says he was aware that his character dies in the first season and was disappointed but "thrilled" for the opportunity to have a full season.[citation needed] He also summarizes working with Glenn Close, Željko Ivanek and Ted Danson as "a dream come true".[4] Bean returned for guest appearances in one episode each of the show's second, third, and fifth seasons.

Bean has also been involved in theatre, Broadway and off-Broadway. His first role was in Philadelphia Here I Come!, a role which he was offered when the originally cast actor left the show four days before the opening.[5] He co-runs a theatre company, Stage 13, with several other actors, directors and playwrights, including Dan Fogler, in New York,[citation needed] and although he prefers screen acting, he says, "I love the theater and would always go back to do a play if it was an exciting project."[6] He appeared as a guest star in the episode "Ability" of the TV series Fringe.[7] In 2015, he starred as Aaron Marker in Syfy's Science-Fiction series 12 Monkeys.[8]

He was also a series regular on The CW television series Nikita, as CIA Agent Ryan Fletcher.

Personal life[edit]

Bean was born in Boston, Massachusetts.[9] As a child, Bean attended Pine Point School and The Williams School in Connecticut.[2] An only child, he describes himself as being so quiet and shy that his school would phone his parents asking whether anything was wrong at home: "I was deathly shy and basically scared of people in general."[10] In high school, his mother encouraged him to become involved in drama, which he says helped him open up, "I found when I had a script in my hand I could speak."[6] He later attended Boston University's College of Fine Arts before he was offered his first theatre role by director Michael Ritchie.[10]

The son of Ruth Crocker, an author, and Richard Robert Bean, a housebuilder, Bean hails from Mystic, Connecticut,[6][11] although he has lived and worked in Los Angeles[citation needed] and is currently[when?] living in New York City.[12] He is friends with actor Seth Gabel and director Jack Bender[citation needed] and also says he has come to be good friends with Damages co-actor and on-screen fiancée Rose Byrne.[4]

Bean began a relationship with his Nikita co-star Lyndsy Fonseca in 2013. In February 2016, Fonseca announced their engagement,[13] and they were married on October 2, 2016.[14] They have a two daughters: Greta Lilia Bean (born February 2, 2018)[15] and Evelyn Estella Bean (born June 20, 2022).[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Williamstowne Tom
2009 Peter and Vandy Andrew
2009 Hysterical Psycho Chuck
2011 Ghost of New Orleans Paul Marais
2011 The Pill Fred
2012 The Break-Up Tour Mike Short
2012 Ex-Girlfriends Tom
2012 Beneath the Sheets Dave Short
2013 Black Marigolds Ryan Cole
2016 Lemon Barry Short
2017 Curvature Wells
2017 My 'Friend' Mick Niall Short, post-production
2019 The Report Martin Heinrich
2021 King Richard Steven


Year Title Role Notes
2000–01 Ed Tim Cooper Recurring role (4 episodes)
2003 Joan of Arcadia Officer Osbourne Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Crumbs Paul Episode: "Maybe I'm Tony Randall"
2007–2012 Damages David Connor Main role (13 episodes)
2008 Medium Charles Winters Episode: "Drowned World"
2008 The Verdict Nick TV film
2008 Lipstick Jungle Noah Mason Episode: "Help!", "Let It Be"
2008 Private Practice Shawn Episode: "Crime and Punishment"
2009 Fringe FBI agent Episode: "Ability"
2009–2012 Damages David Connor Guest role (5 episodes)
2009 The Cleaner Michael Zellman Episode: "Does Everybody Have a Drink?"
2009 Dark Blue Scott Mueller Guest role (season 1)
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Art Sloan Episode: "The Gang Reignites the Rivalry"
2010 Cold Case Dan Palmer Episode: "Two Weddings"
2010–2013 Nikita Ryan Fletcher Recurring role (seasons 1–2), main (seasons 3–4)
2012 Once Upon a Time Daniel Colter 2 episodes
2014 Gang Related Jason Manning Guest role
2015–16 12 Monkeys Aaron Marker Main role (season 1), guest (season 2)
2016 Elementary Craig Crismond Episode: "A Burden of Blood"
2016 Vinyl David Bowie Episode: "Cyclone"
2016 12 Monkeys: Recap/Finale Aaron Marker TV film
2017 Shut Eye Foster Hilburn Guest role (season 2)
2017 Civil Ted Wagman TV film
2019 The Enemy Within Christopher Shepherd 4 episodes
2020–21 9-1-1 Jeffrey Hudson 5 episodes
2021 The Baby-Sitters Club Chaz Masters Episode: "Jessi and the Superbrat"
2021 Invasion David Barton Recurring role (3 episodes)
2022 The Endgame Adic Jonathan Doak Series regular[17]


  1. ^ "Estella Whipple Obituary (2008)". Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Noah Bean '96 - actor". The Williams School. Archived from the original on December 6, 2007. Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  3. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (August 21, 2007). "Damages' Dead Guy Previews What's Ahead!". TV Guide.
  4. ^ a b Jacki Garfinkel (August 7, 2007). "Damages' Noah Bean Speaks About the Death of His Character David Connor". Media Village. Archived from the original on December 25, 2007. Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  5. ^ Elyse Sommer (August 16, 2001). "Philadelphia Here I Come, review". Curtain Up. Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c Amrie Cunningham (July 25, 2007). "Interview: DAMAGES' Noah Bean". The TV Addict. Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  7. ^ "Fringe: Ability". Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "Watch the Opening Scene From "12 Monkeys"". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  9. ^ "About Noah Bean". UGO Networks. IGN. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Joe Tropia (December 13, 2007). "Interview: Noah Bean". Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  11. ^ "Richard Bean Obituary (1950–2015)". Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  12. ^ April MacIntyre (August 8, 2007). "Noah Bean: A Connecticut Yankee in "Damages" court". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  13. ^ "Lyndsy Fonseca on Instagram: Watch out for my fiancé on #vinyl Super excited to finally see this show!!!!!! @bobby_cannavale #bowieforever [image]". Instagram. February 10, 2016. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  14. ^ "Lyndsy Fonseca on Instagram: Best day ever. Photographed by @joshbehanphoto [image]". Instagram. October 5, 2016. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  15. ^ "Lyndsy Fonseca on Instagram: Our hearts are bursting. ❤️ #iamfinallyamom [image]". Instagram. February 8, 2018. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  16. ^ Slater, Georgia (July 8, 2022). "Lyndsy Fonseca and Noah Bean Welcome Second Baby, Daughter Evelyn Estella: 'We Are Complete'". People. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  17. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (September 21, 2021). "NBC Orders The Endgame Starring Morena Baccarin and Ryan Michelle Bathé to Series". Variety. Retrieved January 21, 2022.

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