Ryan Cartwright

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Ryan Cartwright
Born(1981-03-14) 14 March 1981 (age 33)
Erdington, Birmingham, England, UK
Years active1997–present
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Ryan Cartwright
Born(1981-03-14) 14 March 1981 (age 33)
Erdington, Birmingham, England, UK
Years active1997–present

Ryan Cartwright (born 14 March 1981) is an English film and television actor from Erdington, Birmingham. He has lived in Los Angeles, California since 2006.[1]


He began acting with the Central Junior Television Workshop. His first major role came at the age of 15 in the British ITV comedy-drama The Grimleys.[1] He has also appeared in such other British television programs as Seriously Weird, Hardware, Donovan, Microsoap, Look Around You and All About Me.

Since moving to the US, Cartwright had a recurring role on the television series Bones as the laboratory intern Vincent Nigel-Murray, until the death of his character in the season 6 episode The Hole in the Heart. He also completed filming a Hallmark Channel television film, Dear Prudence alongside Jane Seymour, in which he used an American accent.[1] He had a recurring role (as upper class Briton John Hooker) on Season 3 of Mad Men.[2]

He most recently played Gary Bell, a character with autism, on the Syfy television series Alphas. To prepare for the role, Cartwright consulted with people who worked with people with autism, watched documentaries, read blogs created by people with autism, and books from authors with autism Temple Grandin and Daniel Tammet.[3] Cartwright's portrayal of Bell has earned praise from the neurological science community, crediting his complexity for eschewing stereotypes of autism previously displayed in mass media.[4]


1997, 1999–2001Grimleys, TheThe GrimleysDarren GrimleyMain cast member
1997DangerfieldIan ThomsonSeries 4, episode 8 ("Contact")
2000DoctorsHenry LincolnSeries 1, episode 14 ("Cheated")
2002All About MePeter
2002Seriously WeirdHarris Pembleton
2002, 2004–2011Freak Like MeNick/NSeries 1 as Nick, Series 4-10 as N
2004DonovanSeth DonovanPilot
2005Look Around YouSam McNamaraSeries 2, episode 6 ("Live Final")
2005Twenty Thousand Streets Under the SkyRex
2006DonovanSeth Donovan
2008Dear PrudenceNigel Forsythe IIITV film
2008–2011BonesVincent Nigel-MurrayRecurring character (Seasons 4, 5, and 6, 11 episodes)
2009Mad MenJohn HookerRecurring character (Season 3, 5 episodes)
2011–2012AlphasGary BellMain cast member
2012The Big Bang TheoryCole
2014Warehouse 13OswaldGuest star (Season 5 episode 3) A faire to remember
2007Virgin TerritoryGhino


  1. ^ a b c Laws, Roz (21 Feb 2010). "Ryan Cartwright on moving to Hollywood, Mad Men and Bones". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Q&A – Ryan Cartwright (John Hooker)". AMC tv.com. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Winegardner, Jean. "He's not autistic, but he plays one on TV: Ryan Cartwright on Syfy's Alphas". The Washington Times. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Peden, Mike. "Alpha and Omega". The Autistic Journalist. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 

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