Daniel Ryan (actor)

Daniel Ryan (born 1968 as Daniel O'Brien[1]) is an English actor and writer. He is known for starring as Darren Alexander in the BBC drama comedy Linda Green, Andrew Gilligan in The Government Inspector, Andy Coulson in Steel River Blues and Kenny Reed in The Whistleblowers. His stage credits include Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III.

Early life

Born in Culcheth near Warrington, Cheshire, his mother and father owned a Bingo hall. Ryan and his younger brother attended Culcheth High School. Despite playing in a school band called Darker Than Shark he was enthused by a RADA-educated drama teacher, he attended the Lancashire Schools Arts Workshop in North Wales, before being accepted into LAMDA.[2]


On graduation, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company on an 18-month contract. 10 years later, he played the part of Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at RSC in 1999/2000. He has also starred in both Fallout and Posh at the Royal Court Theatre, and was in Mammals at the BushTheatre and later on tour.[3] In 2008 he appeared in Gethsemane, a new play by David Hare at the National Theatre.

He appeared on the Teen Drama Skins as the father of the third generation character Rich Hardbeck in 2011 and 2012. He took over the role of Harry (Sandy's husband) in the special reunion episodes of BBC sitcom As Time Goes By alongside Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, the first actor to portray the part being David Michaels. Ryan also appeared in the 2008 Doctor Who episode "Midnight". In 2014, he appeared in Salting the Battlefield as Bill Catcheside. He is also known for playing the role of Dan in the Sky Living comedy-drama, Mount Pleasant since 2011. In 2015 he appeared as Colonel Anthony Forbes-Leith in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 3.9 "The Truth in the Wine". He has played Welsh butcher Bryn Brindsley in the ITV war-time drama Home Fires from 2015.[4] In 2017, Ryan appeared in the first episode of the CBBC anthology series Creeped Out as Jessie's dad Del in the episode Slapstick. In 2018 he starred in the ITV mini-series Innocent, as the lead character's brother, Phil Collins.[5]

April 2019 appeared as DI Anthony ‘Tony’ Manning in The Bay (TV series)

He also appeared as a man who was severely brain-damaged after drink and driving, in part of the COI's Drinking And Driving Wrecks Lives campaign.

As a writer, his work has been performed by the RSC and at the Edinburgh Festival.


  1. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752490/
  2. Interview with Daniel Ryan, TwoShot Podcast, June 2018
  3. https://entertainmentviews.co.uk/2016/09/17/spotlight-on-actor-daniel-ryan/
  4. David Stephenson (10 May 2015). "Home Fires actor Daniel Ryan: 'I get hugely nervous when a show starts'". Daily Express. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  5. Callum Crumlish (16 May 2018). "Innocent on ITV: Phil Collins star Daniel Ryan reveals enormous script SECRET". Daily Express. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
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