In the sophomore drama, “Beauty and The Beast,” Jay Ryan plays named
Vincent Keller, a military doctor who was reportedly killed while serving in Afghanistan.
For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent
has been in hiding for the past ten years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he
becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.
As a native of New Zealand, Ryan is well known for his role as Jack Scully in that
country‟s long running series, “Neighbours.” Ryan‟s other television credits include a
guest starring role in Steven Spielberg‟s “Terra Nova,” Television New Zealand‟s “Go
Girls,” as Kevin, and as Frazer King in Ten‟s exuberant drama “Off Spring,” set in
Melbourne‟s Fitzroy. Ryan also portrayed Seaman Billy „Spider‟ Webb in three series
of Nine Network‟s “Sea Patrol,” “Legend of the Seeker” for the Starz Network, “Young
Hercules,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” with Lucy Lawless, “Superfire,” “Being Eve,”
“Interrogation,” “The Tribe” and “You Wish.”
On the big screen Ryan has been seen in Belinda Chayko‟s “Lou,” co-starring
John Hurt and Emily Barclay, as well as the AFTRS feature “The Rookie.” He has also
appeared in the short films “Bleeders,” “Mockingbird” and “Franswa Sharl” directed by
Ryan is also no stranger o theater. He has appeared in numerous theater
productions, including “Anthony and Cleopatra,” “John Cleese - His Life,” “John Cleese
- Seven Ways,” “Legacy,” “To Skin an Ocelot” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” for the
Auckland Theatre Company. He also starred in “The Packer,” which began as a one-man
show at the Edinburgh Festival and went on to tour Australia and Los Angeles. “The
Packer” was nominated for Best International Contribution to Los Angeles Theater.
Ryan most recently co-starred as Ben Wesley in Eone Entertainment’s 6 part television event "Mary Kills People".