Ryan’s charismatic on-screen presence and the breadth of his emotional and comedic range ensure he is in constant demand. He plays Rudi in Bruce Beresford’s period drama Ladies in Black, based on Madeleine St John’s 1993 best-selling Australian novel The Women in Black. He also stars in Stan’s upcoming six-part drama Bloom.
Recent credits include the lead role of Paddo in 1%, which premiered in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival and Mary Magdalene, from renowned director Garth Davis.
Previous film credits include the lead role of Tim Conigrave in Neil Armfield’s adaptation of the book Holding the Man, which earned him nominations for Best Actor at the AACTAs and Australia’s Film Critics’ Circle Awards; the award-winning Hacksaw Ridge, from director Mel Gibson; The Water Diviner, under the direction of Russell Crowe; Ali’s Wedding and A Few Less Men.
Ryan was honoured to be named the GQ Breakthrough Actor of 2015. He has been the recipient of the Australians in Film ‘Heath Ledger Scholarship’ and the IF ‘Out of the Box’ award. He has received Logie nominations in the categories of Most Outstanding New Talent and Most Popular New Male Talent.
Other film work includes Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek 2, Not Suitable For Children – which saw him nominated for a Best Supporting Actor AACTA award and receive the Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor – and Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are.
With several main cast TV credits to his name as a teenager, Ryan went on to study at NIDA. Other TV credits include Love Child, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Tangle, Redfern Now, The Moodys, and Coby in the Seven Network’s hit series Packed to the Rafters.
Ryan made his professional stage debut in Sex with Strangers for the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) and was reunited with the company in 2015 for its production of Arcadia.