Ryan McCartan

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Ryan McCartan
Ryan Jerome McCartan[1]

(1993-06-14) June 14, 1993 (age 25)
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2011–present
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Associated actsThe Girl and the Dreamcatcher
WebsiteOfficial website

Ryan Jerome McCartan[1] (born June 14, 1993[2]) is an American actor and singer. As an actor, he is known for his recurring role as Diggie on the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie, and for his role as Brad Majors in the 2016 Fox musical television film The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again. McCartan is also known as one half of the pop duo The Girl and the Dreamcatcher. McCartan also played Jason "J.D." Dean in the Los Angeles (2013) and the original off-Broadway (2014) versions of Heathers: The Musical.


McCartan began his career with a minor part in the stage version of Disney's High School Musical in 2007.[3] In 2011 he was a Jimmy Award winner, the top honor given only to two students at the National High School Musical Theater Awards.[citation needed]

Starting in 2013 McCartan began playing the recurring role of Diggie on the Disney Channel comedy Liv and Maddie.[4] In 2015 he starred in the direct-to-video film R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls.[5] In 2016 McCartan was cast in the lead role of Brad Majors in the 2016 Fox musical television film The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again.[6]

In May 2015 Dove Cameron announced that she and McCartan were officially forming a pop duo and would be releasing their first original song.[7] In September 2015, they announced their group's name would be The Girl and the Dreamcatcher,[8] and their first video was released in October 2015.[9] Beginning September 11, 2018, McCartan made his Broadway debut as Fiyero in the musical Wicked.[10]

He also originated the role of Jason Dean (JD) in the original off-broadway cast of the musical Heathers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathers:_The_Musical) which ran till 2014 and the Los Angeles version in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

McCartan was born in Excelsior, Minnesota.[2] His father, Conn McCartan, was the principal at Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota,[11] until he retired in 2018. Ryan McCartan attended Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where he was active in theater and choir.[citation needed]

McCartan began dating actress and singer Dove Cameron in August 2013.[12][13] He officially announced that Cameron was his fiancée on April 14, 2016,[13] but their relationship ended in October 2016.[14]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Summer Forever Liam
2015 R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls Hunter Direct-to-DVD film
2016 Emma's Chance Jacob Murphy
2016 The Standoff Farrell Bennett
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Extremely Decent Jeff Television film
2013 The Middle Ryan Episode: "Valentine's Day IV"
2013 Monday Mornings Daniel Episode: "The Legend and the Fall"
2013–2017 Liv and Maddie Diggie Recurring role
2014 Last Man Standing Matt Episode: "Tasers"
2014 Royal Pains William "Cinco" Phipps V Recurring role (season 6)
2015 Austin & Ally Billie Episode: "Duos & Deception"[15]
2016 The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again Brad Majors Television film
2017 Midnight, Texas Jeremy Episodes: "Riders on the Storm", "The Virgin Sacrifice"
2017 Freakish Oliver Recurring role
2018 Love Daily Dylan Episode: "Love and Cheese"
2019 Princess Rap Battle Mad Hatter Digital Episode: "Dorothy vs. Alice"


Year Title Role Note
2013–2014 Heathers: The Musical Jason "J.D." Dean Off-Broadway at New World Stages
2018 Wicked Fiyero Broadway at Gershwin Theatre


Soundtrack albums[edit]

Title Album details
Heathers: The Musical
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again


  1. ^ a b "geni.com". geni.com.
  2. ^ a b "Ryan McCartan". Hollywood.com. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Quinton Skinner (January 8, 2007). "Review: 'Disney's High School Musical'". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Craig Turpin (May 4, 2016). "Disney's Liv and Maddie stars perform at N.J. balloon festival". NJ.com. Retrieved February 20, 2017. Ryan McCartan appears as recurring character Diggie on the show, which airs on Sunday nights.
  5. ^ Sylvie Lesas (July 9, 2015). "R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls Releases on DVD and Digital HD September 29, 2015". Evigshed Mag. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (January 4, 2016). "TV News Roundup: Victoria Justice to Star in Fox's 'Rocky Horror' Special & More". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  7. ^ Noelle Devoe (July 16, 2015). "Disney Channel's Dove Cameron & Ryan McCartan Take a Major Step in Their Adorable Relationship". Seventeen. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Stephanie Osmanski (September 29, 2015). "Dove Cameron and Ryan McCartan Announce Their Band Name". M Magazine. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Zach Johnson (October 2, 2015). "Dove Cameron and Ryan McCartan Release "Written in the Stars" Music Video as Duo The Girl and the Dreamcatcher". E! Online. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  10. ^ BWW News Desk (August 30, 2018). "Ryan McCartan Joins WICKED As Fiyero Beginning September 11". Broadway World. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "Eden Prairie High School Principal Conn McCartan". USA Today. Gannet. November 25, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "♡DOVE♡ on Instagram: "I tried so hard to accurately capture how incredibly gorgeous these beauties are when they showed up in my dressing room today, but a photo…"". Instagram. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "See Ryan McCartan Tower Over Kirstin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron". WhoSay. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  14. ^ Mike Vulpo (October 5, 2016). "Dove Cameron and Ryan McCartan Call Off Their Engagement". E! News. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  15. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (April 7, 2015). "Watch: Bella Thorne & Zendaya Reunite on 'K.C. Undercover' (Exclusive Clip)". Variety. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  16. ^ "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again". iTunes.

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