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Ryan Early (born 23 May 1979 Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom) is a British actor. He has appeared in various roles on TV and theatre but he is best known from his role as young Probationary PC Tom Nicholson in Heartbeat. He was trained at Drama Centre London. He has also appeared in Will Youngs music video for Leave Right Now.
Ryan has appeared in many theatre roles for The Royal Court, Shakespeare's Globe, The Young Vic, The Lyric Hammersmith, Soho Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Exchange Manchester, The Barbican, Hampstead Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Stephen Joseph Theatre. After leaving Drama Centre London went straight into a Channel 4 produced season at The Bush Theatre.
After leaving the role of PC Tom Nicholson in Heartbeat, Ryan has played several roles on television appearing in Casualty, Love Soup, Soup Kitchen, Doctors, The Bill, Coronation Street, The Jason Phillips Show, Emmerdale. In 2016, he appeared in The Crown, the epic 10 part Netflix series written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry.
Feature films include Beseme Mucho, An Acre of Moon and Red Tails directed by Anthony Hemingway and produced by George Lucas for Lucas Films. In 2016 Ryan will feature in The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, star in William Boyd's debut original play The Argument at Hampstead Theatre and join the cast of Knightfall (TV series) the new A&E/History Channel series for the US starring and Executive Produced by Jeremy Renner
Early is now signed up with RKA Talent Agency and Harvey Voices.