Jay Ryan (actor)

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Jay Ryan
Jay Ryan by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Ryan at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego
BornJay Bunyan
(1981-08-29) 29 August 1981 (age 33)
New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
OccupationActor
Years active1998–present
 
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Jay Ryan
Jay Ryan by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Ryan at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego
BornJay Bunyan
(1981-08-29) 29 August 1981 (age 33)
New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
OccupationActor
Years active1998–present

Jay Bunyan (born 29 August 1981), better known by his stage name Jay Ryan, is a New Zealand actor. He is best known for his roles as Jack Scully in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Kevin in the New Zealand comedy-drama series Go Girls and Vincent Keller in the American television series Beauty & the Beast.

Career[edit]

Under his birthname of Jay Bunyan, he appeared as "Glen" in the "Scallywag Pirates"(2000) and had a minor role in Xena. He is known for his portrayal of Jack Scully in the Australian soap opera Neighbours from late 2002 until January 2005. He reportedly turned down a major role in a Canadian action movie to play the part.

When auditioning for roles in Los Angeles, it was suggested that Ryan change his name. It was felt that "Bunyan" sounded too similar to bunion.[citation needed] Starting 2007 Ryan has played Seaman William "Billy" Webb aka Spider in the popular Australian drama, Sea Patrol.

From a theatre background Ryan has shared the stage with the likes of John Cleese and toured internationally with 'The Packer', an acclaimed solo show written by NZ/Niuean playwright Dianna Fuemana.

Since 2009, Ryan has played Kevin in the New Zealand comedy/drama series Go Girls.[1] In 2011, he joined the cast of the Australian comedy/drama series Offspring.[2] Also in 2011, Ryan guest starred on the American science fiction series Terra Nova, playing a murderer. For this role, Ryan utilized an American accent.

In 2012, Ryan was cast as the male lead in the CW's Beauty & the Beast pilot.[3] The CW officially announced the series at the May 2012 Up Fronts in New York.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ryan and Dianna Fuemana, welcomed a daughter, Eve, in March 2013.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002SuperfireDennisTV movie
2003You Wish!CharlesTV movie
2008MockingbirdJoelshort
2008BleedersFinnshort
2009Franswa SharlSonnyshort
2010LouCosmo
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Young HerculesCadet1 Episode
1999Xena: Warrior PrincessZortis1 Episode
2002The Tribe2 Episodes
2002Being EveSam Hooper13 Episodes
2002–2005NeighboursJack ScullyPortrayed the role from November 13, 2002–January 11, 2005; 173 Episodes
2005InterrogationPolice Constable Dean Salmon3 Episodes
2007–2009Sea PatrolSeaman Billy "Spider" WebbMain Role (Seasons 1–3); 39 Episodes
2009–2012Go GirlsKevinLead Role (Seasons 1–4); 46 episodes
2010Legend of the SeekerAlastair1 Episode
2011OffspringFraser King6 episodes
2011Terra NovaCurran3 episodes
2012–presentBeauty & the BeastVincent Keller (The Beast)Lead Role
2013Top of the LakeMark Mitcham6 episodes

Awards[edit]

Was nominated for the 2003 Most Popular New Male Talent Logie, but lost to fellow Neighbours castmate, Patrick Harvey.

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