|Born||7 June 1956 (60)|
Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England,
Ryan has been combining his acting, singing, writing and action-direction talents in an eclectic and successful international career ranging over 30 years.
Ryan has performed in several major musicals in London's West End, spending four years in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit Evita, originating the role of Magaldi, and then playing Ché under the direction of Broadway legend Hal Prince. He left Evita to play Mac in the classic SAS action film Who Dares Wins.
He originated the character of Nasir for the cult British TV series Robin of Sherwood, on which he worked for three years, and has appeared in dozens of films and television series, both in the US and UK.
He won critical acclaim for the title role in the musical Elmer Gantry at London's Gate Theatre and followed that with a national tour of the hit show Guys and Dolls, playing Sky Masterson. He returned to the West End to play Neville Landless in the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and toured Europe playing Figaro and Leporello in Mozart's Figaro and Don Giovanni. He toured the US in Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python with original Python, Eric Idle, performing at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl and is a published author with both the classic Greenwood Tarot and the bestselling Wildwood Tarot.
He has also worked with such acclaimed directors as Antoine Fuqua on King Arthur, J. J. Abrams on the series Alias, and Christopher Nolan in the feature The Prestige.
He has also enjoyed working on all four of the hugely successful Transformers films for legendary director Michael Bay as the on-set voice of the Autobots, and voiced Bumblebee and Jetfire for the franchise, including video games and the Universal Studios ride.
Ryan’s biography, Hold Fast, written with bestselling author John Matthews will be available from Mythwood Books in early 2014.