Dylan Neal

Dylan Jeremy Neal (born October 8, 1969[1]) is a Canadian/American actor. He holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. He is known for his portrayal of the character Dylan Shaw on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, Doug Witter on Dawson's Creek, and Detective Mike Celluci in the supernatural series Blood Ties. He also played Aaron Jacobs on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

Dylan Neal
Dylan Jeremy Neal

(1969-10-08) October 8, 1969
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Becky Southwell (m. 1996)

In 2013, Neal landed the lead role opposite Andie MacDowell in the Hallmark Channel's first scripted TV series, Cedar Cove.[2][3][4] The series premiered on July 20, 2013, and is based on the series of books by the same name, written by Debbie Macomber. In 2014, he sold a TV movie franchise to the newly rebranded Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel and began writing, executive producing and starring as Henry Ross in Hallmark's original mystery series Gourmet Detective.[5][6] As of 2018, Dylan continues to write, produce and star in a variety of movies for Hallmark.

Personal life

Dylan Neal was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, in 1969. Four months after his birth, his family moved to Oakville, Ontario. He attended Appleby College in Oakville and initially wanted to become a professional squash player.[7]

Neal transferred to T. A. Blakelock High School in Oakville for his last two years of schooling. It was there that he gained an interest in the Performing Arts and participated in his school's Drama Program. In light of his newfound passion and upon the advice of his Drama teacher, Neal decided he wanted to make a career of acting.[7]

Before becoming an actor, Neal was a caterer and delivered lunch baskets to private businesses in industrial areas around Toronto.[8] He also delivered pizzas for a living before making it as an actor.[1][8] He has been passionate about furniture making.[9]

Neal is married to TV writer and producer Becky Southwell who has co-written some of the Gourmet Detective films with him. They were married on 21 September 1996 and have two children together.[10][11]


Neal has said that, after finishing his work on The Bold and the Beautiful, he was initially concerned about his ability to find another acting job. "There are certain expectations--or a certain lack of expectations--of soap opera actors," he said.[8]

In 2000, Neal starred opposite actor Chuck Norris in the television film The President's Man. It premiered on April 2 on CBS.[12] It's an action film co-starring starring Ralph Waite, Marla Adams, Stuart Whitman, and Soon-Tek Oh. The story is about, Joshua McCord (Norris), who's an aging president's man, the highest classified job in the USA. It consists to be a highly trained bodyguard of the president (Waite). After participating in a dangerous mission, McCord thinks of retiring and prepares to finds his replacement. McCord chooses Deke Slater (Neal), a former Army sergeant who is very talented but has a troubled record.[13][14][15]

In 2007, Neal gained popularity among the sci-fi/fantasy genre fan base after taking on the role of Detective Mike Celluci in Lifetime's Canadian vampire fantasy show Blood Ties, in which he starred alongside Christina Cox and Kyle Schmid. The producers of the show ultimately chose Neal, Cox, and Schmid as the three leads of the show over other auditioning actors after observing the natural chemistry among the trio.[16] Neal later commented that fans often compliment the three actors for their charming on-screen chemistry and camaraderie.[16]

Neal played the male lead opposite Andie MacDowell in the television series Cedar Cove for the Hallmark Channel. Neal plays Jack Griffith, a Philadelphia reporter. He played Bob Adams, stepfather to the main character Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), in the highly anticipated film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).[17]

Neal and his wife, Becky Southwell, write and produce their own projects through Southwell Neal Entertainment. They are the creative force behind the Gourmet Detective original films for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, based on the novels by Peter King. As of June 2017, Neal has made 4 TV movies based on the character.[18][19]



Year Title Role Notes
1992I'll Never Get to HeavenCarl
1997Taylor's ReturnRobert
2001XCU: Extreme Close UpLew Constant
200240 Days and 40 NightsDavid
LandspeedYoung Brian Sanger
2005LocustsDan DryerMain role
MuteJamesShort film
Extreme DatingSean
2010Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefHermes
The TravelerDetective Alexander Black
My Family's SecretJason Darcie
2015Fifty Shades of GreyBob Adams
2017Fifty Shades DarkerUnrated Edition
2018Fifty Shades Freed
BOULEVARDHayden Glassshort film


Year Title Role Notes
1988Learning the RopesStudent Hunk
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the FutureJon Power2 episodes
Summer StormTV miniseries
1989War of the WorldsScavenger 1
My Secret IdentitySean Casey
1990E.N.G.Kevin Wilkes
Prom Night III: The Last KissAndrew Douglasvideo
Maniac MansionBo Riddley
1991Top CopsRobert Schaller/Ricky Grim/Corky
1993Sweating BulletsRiver Rhodes
Class of '96Phillip
Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesJim Reardon
1996Golden Will: The Silken Laumann StoryJohn WallaceTV movie
1994–1996The Bold and the BeautifulDylan Shaw119 episodes
Life with RogerCollin, the Exterminator
Pacific PalisadesCory Robbins7 episodes
1998ProfilerPhilip Nichols
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV ShowRoger Persimmons
You WishKen
1998–1999Hyperion BayNick Sweeny17 episodes
1998–2003Dawson's CreekDoug Witter20 episodes
1999JAGLt. Dalton "Boomer" Jonas3 episodes
It's Like, You Know...Kevin
2000The President's ManSgt. Deke SlaterTV movie
2002FlatlandDavid White
Babylon 5: The Legend of the RangersDavid MartellTV movie
Relic HunterZack
She SpiesDr. Ellison
2003Sabrina, the Teenage WitchAaron Jacobs10 episodes
I'm with HerJohn
2004LAXHarley's Date
Kevin HillTrevor Mallard
2005Chupacabra TerrorLance Thompsonvideo
CSI: MiamiPatrick Hale
Vampire BatsDan DryerTV movie
2006The War at HomeDr. Jonathan Vogel
Cradle of LiesJack CollinsTV movie
The Jake EffectRobert2 episodes
2007No Brother of MineStuart St. ClairTV movie
Matters of Life and DatingGuy DeMayo
2007–2008Blood TiesDetective Mike CelluciMain role, 22 episodes
Stargate AtlantisDave Sheppard
2009The L WordCaleb Cooper2 episodes
Wild RosesDillon Parker8 episodes
Storm SeekersRyan StewartTV movie
2009 & 2017Murdoch MysteriesSergeant Jasper Linney2 episodes
2009–2010SmallvilleRay Sacks
2010Human TargetWes Gibson
Life UnexpectedBruce Jackson
2011He Loves MeNickTV movie
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMr. Culver
Another Man's WifeBrian WarnerTV movie
Ice Road TerrorNeil Conroy
Rizzoli & IslesDr. Hanson/Russell Dempsey
A Trusted ManTomTV movie
HavenHugh Underwood
FlashpointCpt. Simon Griggs
201290210William Paddington
BonesLt. Col. Ben FordhamSeason 8 Episode 6
2012 RingerWashburn MilterSeason 1 episode 21
2013–2015Cedar CoveJack GriffithHallmark Channel
2013BonesBen Fordham
2013–2014ArrowProfessor Ivo7 episodes
2014A Wife's NightmareGabeLifetime TV movie
2015-2017The Gourmet Detective film seriesHenry RossHallmark movie
2016Looks Like ChristmasTerry Evans
2018Truly, Madly, SweetlyEric


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  2. "Dylan Neal Joins Cast of Hallmark Channel's Original Movie CEDAR COVE". Broadway World. 12 June 2012.
  3. "Home & Family - Actor Dylan Neal talks about his on-screen Romance with Andie MacDowell". Hallmark Channel's Youtube Channel. 4 August 2014.
  4. "The People of Cedar Cove - Dylan Neal as Jack". Hallmark Channel's Youtube Channel. 1 July 2015.
  5. "'B&B' Alum Dylan Neal Writes And Stars In Hallmark's 'Gourmet Detective'". Soap Opera Network. 13 January 2015.
  6. "Dylan Neal stars in 'Gourmet Detective' on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries". Herald Extra. 16 May 2015.
  7. "Dylan Neal Biography". Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  8. "Dylan Neal at RingCon". Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  9. "'Cedar Cove' Star Dylan Neal Is Passionate About Furniture Making". Woodworking Network. 15 September 2015.
  10. "Big Picture: Dylan Neal in high gear". Times Colonist. 24 March 2016.
  11. "50 Shades of Grey star Dylan Neal opens up about his married life, wife Becky Southwell, and family". frostnow.com. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  12. "Sunday Night". Herald and Review: 47. April 1, 2000 via Newspapers.
  13. "Sunday Highlights". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 73: 213. April 2, 2000 via Newspapers.
  14. "Best bets". The Montgomery Advertiser: 33. March 26, 2003 via Newspapers.
  15. Chuck Norris (2013). 5 Film Chuck Norris Collection (DVD). Echo Bridge Acquisition Corp LLC. 09600922143.
  16. "Dylan Neal and Kyle Schmid at Fan Convention". Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  17. "On the Cover: Dylan Neal talks about starring in Fifty Shades of Grey and his Richmond Hill roots". Post City Toronto. 29 July 2014.
  18. "PREVIEW "GOURMET DETECTIVE"". Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  19. "DYLAN NEAL". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
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