Date of Birth : Apr 22nd 1984
During summer 2005, Ryan appeared in a run of Who’s the Daddy? at the King’s Head Theatre. The play by Toby Young and Lloyd Evans is based on the David Blunkett paternity case.
Ryan auditioned to replace Billie Piper as the Doctor’s companion in Doctor Who; however, Freema Agyeman was ultimately chosen for the role. 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 spring 2007, Ryan was seen as Maria in a new adaptation of Mansfield Park opposite Billie Piper for the ITV network and also as Lila in the film I Want Candy, co-starring Carmen Electra and Mackenzie Crook. In February 2007, an announcement was made saying she had been cast as the lead in the new drama pilot Bionic Woman. The series began airing on the American network NBC in September 2007. Ryan effects an American accent for the role of Jaime Sommers, except in the episode “The Education of Jaime Sommers” in which her character goes under cover as an English exchange student at a university; for this episode, she uses her natural accent throughout. She has had professional dance training and attributes it to helping her with the physically demanding stunts required for the show.
Prior to Bionic Woman, she appeared in Jekyll for the BBC, a modern day version 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 September 18, 2007, one week prior to her debut in Bionic Woman.