Ryan was born in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to an Australian missionary family. His father traveled through PNG, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand. After high-school in Auckland New Zealand, Ryan worked as a Carpenter for six years but rose quickly to fame in 2008 after he was featured in the DKNY Jeans campaign with Bahati Prinsloo. His rugged good looks landing him in campaigns for Armani Exchange with Izabel Goulart, Hugo Boss underwear, Trussardi Jeans and Esprit underwear with Gisele and Erin Wasson. He's been seen in television commercials around the globe for brands such as Paramount pictures, Garnier, Macy's and Just Jeans.
From fashion, Ryan continued to extend his reach into film and television playing Bruce Hunter on the US soap opera One Life to Live, and PIERS, a gentlemanly-clad psychopath in JULIA, alongside Tahnya Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, and Ashley C. Williams. Ryan continues to build his body of work spending time writing, directing and developing skills in all areas of the film world. His short film "Left Behind", is about the confrontation between a mother struggling with her depression and a son's resolve and unorthodox method of helping her see reason. It was inspired by the lose of loved ones and in a effort to raise awareness for "the blackdog institute" who research and help monitor depression and other mental illnesses.
Ryan continues to work alongside Susan Batson as he explores characters in his writings and grows as an artist.