Jay Ryan is a famous actor known for his roles in television series like the Australian soap opera Neighbours, and Beauty & the Beast where he acted as Vincent Keller. As he has been a part of the entertainment industry for over two decades, it is only normal that the New Zealand actor has attracted lots of public attention with many prying into his personal affairs.
Named Jay Bunyan after he was born on August 29, 1981, this actor has always been artistically inclined. Before he became a professional actor, Ryan was quite a popular performer as he was known for playing a clown just to entertain kids at a local supermarket. From his career to his family life, learn more about the actor below.
His Most Recent Acting Projects
Reports have it that the New Zealand actor started acting when he was six years old. Nonetheless, we can only authenticate that he began his professional career in 1998, playing the role of a Cadet in Fox Kids Network’s Young Hercules.
Following his decision to take up acting as his full-time career, Los Angeles casting directors suggested a change of name. With that, Jay changed his last name from “Bunyan” to “Ryan”. He eventually made his film debut a few years later.
His most recent big-screen works include Lou, a 2010 Australian film wherein he portrayed Sonny and 2019’s It Chapter Two, an American supernatural horror film that had him share the role of Ben Hanscom. Earlier, he played various roles in short films: Sonny in 2009’s Franswa Sharl; Finn and Joel respectively in 2008’s Bleeders and Mockingbird. Jay also has come credits for television movies; in 2002, he played Dennis in Superfire and in 2003, he played Charles in You Wish!
In the small screen, his most recent projects include Beauty & the Beast (2012-2016), Mary Kills People (2017 – 2019), and Fighting Season (2018). Also, the actor is still playing Mark Mitcham in Top of the Lake, a mystery drama series written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee.
Who Is Jay Ryan’s Partner?
Jay Ryan is known to be quite secretive about his personal life. Nonetheless, he has not been able to hide his love life from the public. For a long time, he has been having something special with Dianna Fuemana. In fact, their relationship has been traced back to his early days in the movie industry.
The actor prefers to regard Dianna as his partner for apart from being his lover, they also work together from time to time. Fuemana is a writer, she schooled at the University of Auckland and has a Master’s degree in Creativity and Performing Arts.
She was born to Canadian parents who migrated to New Zealand before her birth. Her critically acclaimed one-woman play titled Mapaki brought her to the limelight in 1999. The play was presented internationally in the USA and Greece, earning her some fine awards. In addition to that, she has written a number of other plays like Jingle Bells, The Packer, My Mother Dreaming, Birds, and Falemalama.
How Jay and Dianna Met
The duo met on stage as extras in the Auckland Theatre Company production of A Streetcar Named Desire. In 2003, they again worked together in Dianna’s third drama, The Packer. It is believed that they began their relationship thereafter.
The success of the play brought Jay Ryan several offers, encouraging the lovers to keep working together. She wrote and directed her debut short film titled Sunday Fun Day which debuted in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017. The film produced by Ryan tells the story of a mother’s love for her transgender teenager. Being a good playwright, her works have always been staged internationally in countries like Australia, Greece, United States, Hawaii, Canada, Niue, and in the UK. Unsurprisingly, Script to Screen decided to honor her with the 2012 US Screenwriting Internship Scholarship.
Meet Their Daughter, Eve Bunyan
Although they have not revealed any plans about getting married, there are no doubts that Jay Ryan and Dianna are having a good time together. According to the actor, one of the things he enjoys in their relationship is their collaboration: he often brings the idea of a story while Dianna scripts it.
He also enjoys being a father to their daughter; the two are parents to Eve Bunyan who was born in March 2013.
Even though the actor expressed that his daughter came unexpectedly as he wasn’t planning to be a father, he stressed that the arrival of Eve made him realize the importance of having a family.