Apr. 22nd, 1984
Enfield, Middlesex, England, UK
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Michelle Ryan was born in Enfield, Greater London, and was a student at Chace Community School. A member of a local theatre group since she was 10, she was picked for her role in EastEnders when she was 15 and first appeared on the show in September 2000. She left the series in June 2005 and has since stated that she does not intend to return to EastEnders.
Ryan was given her first big break playing Sheylla Grands in the series TV show Chosen Ones in the first season and Zoe Slater in the BBC soap EastEnders.
Ryan had a small role in an episode of Marple which screened in February 2006, and also appeared in a small independent film the same year, Cashback.
In early 2007, Ryan was seen as Maria in Mansfield Park opposite 'Billie Piper' for ITV and also as Lila in the film I Want Candy, co-starring 'Carmen Electra' and 'Mackenzie Crook'.
In February 2007, it was announced that she had been cast as the lead in the new drama Bionic Woman. The series began airing in the United States on the broadcast network NBC in September 2007. She has had professional dance training and attributes it to helping her with the physically demanding stunts required for the show. Ryan stated the show's cancellation came about because it kept changing direction, and stated it led to her being less ambitious about her career. "I'm more go-with-the-flow now", she said.
Prior to Bionic Woman, she appeared in Jekyll for the BBC, a modern day version of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring James Nesbitt. It began its six-episode run on June 16, 2007, and was released on DVD in the United States on 18 September 18, 2007, one week prior to her debut in Bionic Woman.
She has also appeared as the sorceress Nimueh in the BBC drama series Merlin, playing the role in several episodes of the show's first season.
Ryan is signed to Independent Models in London, and is also a patron of children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Ryan also filmed an ITV romantic drama, Mister Eleven in 2008. It also stars Sean Maguire, Adam Garcia, Lynda Bellingham, Olivia Coleman and Denis Lawson.
In January 2009, the BBC announced that Ryan had been cast as Lady Christina de Souza in the Doctor Who special episode "Planet of the Dead", which was broadcast on April 11, 2009. She had been rumoured for a part beforehand, and is open to reprising the role in future, although "At the moment, when it comes to acting, I'm a bit of a commitment-phobe".
Ryan and Grey's Anatomy star 'Kevin McKidd' are to star in a new one-off drama for BBC Scotland, One Night In Emergency, the story of one man's surreal search for his wife in an inner-city hospital. The cast also features Ewen Bremner, Gary Lewis, Sanjeev Kohli and David Hayman. The film is written by Gregory Burke, author of Black Watch. The drama, which begins filming in and around Glasgow, will be directed by Michael Offer.
Also in 2009, Ryan filmed 188.8.131.52, a crime thriller starring Emma Roberts, Noel Clarke, Tamsin Egerton and Ophelia Lovibond.
She starred in a stage production of The Talented Mr. Ripley at the Royal Theatre in Northampton until October 9, 2010.
In October 2010, she completed filming Cleanskin, a terrorist thriller starring Sean Bean, Charlotte Rampling, James Fox, Abhin Galeya and Tuppence Middleton.
In 2010, Ryan appeared in the comedy film Huge alongside Noel Clarke, Johnny Harris, Ralph Brown, Thandie Newton, and Tamsin Egerton, directed by Ben Miller. Another film, No Ordinary Trifle, is in post-production. Also in 2011, Ryan played Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream in the BBC Learning project, "Off By Heart Shakespeare" and delivered the speech: "Lo, she is one of this confederacy!"
Ryan also completed filming Cockneys vs Zombies, a comedy horror film about a team of bank robbers fighting the undead, directed by Matthias Hoene, alongside Georgia King, Rasmus Hardiker and Jack Doolan. The film was released in September 2012
- She was ranked #21 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2004.
- She ranked #70 (2002) in FHM Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women.
- She ranked #59 on FHM 100 sexiest women (2007).
- Auditioned for the role of Vesper Lynd in _Casino Royale (2006)_ (qv), but lost out to French actress 'Eva Green' (qv).
- Was given the role of Lexi in the film _Adulthood (2008)_ (qv). However filming was delayed so Ryan dropped out of the film to pursue the short-lived TV series _"Bionic Woman" (2007)_ (qv). The role of Lexi was then given to Ryan's former _"EastEnders" (1985)_ (qv) co-star 'Scarlett Alice Johnson' (qv).
- Her favourite film is _The Last of the Mohicans (1992)_ (qv).
- She was ranked #4 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2005.