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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 April 1984Enfield, Middlesex, England, UK
Birth NameMichelle Claire Ryan
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michelle Ryan was born on April 22nd, 1984 in Enfield, Middlesex, England.

She started her career performing in a Dance Gala at The London Palladium with "Wayne Sleep" (1998), with her first television role being "Dolores" in the children's program, The Worst Witch: Fair Is Foul and Fouls Are Fair (2000).

She then went on to play "Zoe Slater" in the BBC Soap, EastEnders (1985) (2000-2005), with a two hander episode in which her character, "Zoe Slater", shared the screen with her mother, "Kat Slater", drawing in 19 million viewers and winning "Best Single Episode" at the British Soap Awards (2002). Ryan was also nominated in the category of Best Actress at the British Soap Awards (2005).

Her first movie role came in 2005 with Sean Ellis' Cashback (2004). Then appearing, alongside Faye Dunaway, in Flick (2008), which was nominated for the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards, and I Want Candy (2007) with Carmen Electra. She has taken other independent movie roles in Noel Clarke's 4.3.2.1. (2010); Girl Walks Into a Bar (2011) with Josh Hartnett, Danny DeVito and Carla Gugino; The Man Inside (2012) with Ashley Walters and Peter Mullan (2012); and Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) with Harry Treadaway (2012).

Ryan has appeared in a number of UK television series, including Jekyll (2007), for the BBC as psychiatrist "Katherine Reimer", with James Nesbitt, Mansfield Park (2007) for ITV as "Maria Bertram" opposite Rory Kinnear before being cast as "Jaime Sommers" in the title role for NBC's 2007 remake of Bionic Woman (2007). Other TV roles include "Nimueh" in Merlin (2008) for the BBC (2008), "Lady Christina de Souza" in Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (2009) for the BBC (2009) and as "Saz Paley" with Olivia Colman in Mister Eleven (2009) for ITV (2009).

Alongside her TV and Film work, she has appeared in theatre productions "Who's the Daddy" (2005) at the Kings Head Theatre in Islington, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" at The Royal Derngate Theatre in Northampton (2010) playing the role of "Marge", opposite Kyle Soller, and as the lead role of "Sally Bowles" in "Cabaret" at The Savoy Theatre, London (2012).

Ryan joined Piper Perabo for a 6-episode arc as "CIA agent Helen Hanson" in Covert Affairs (2010) for the USA Network (2013).

Michelle can also be seen in Andròn - The Black Labyrinth (2015), starring Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sally King

Trade Mark (1)

Piercing blue eyes

Trivia (8)

She ranked #70 (2002) in FHM Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women.
She was ranked #21 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2004.
She was ranked #4 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2005.
Auditioned for the role of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006), but lost out to French actress Eva Green.
She ranked #59 on FHM 100 sexiest women (2007).
Was given the role of Lexi in the film Adulthood (2008). However filming was delayed so Ryan dropped out of the film to pursue the short-lived TV series Bionic Woman (2007). The role of Lexi was then given to Ryan's former EastEnders (1985) co-star Scarlett Alice Johnson.
Ranked #35 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Zoe Slater (2015).
Ranked #32 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Zoe Slater (2010).

Personal Quotes (12)

Bionic Woman (2007) really enriched my career. It was a big, amazing thing to do.
Bionic Woman (2007) changed direction too much from episode to episode, which I think is why it lost momentum.
I love doing action; I love doing martial arts. There's almost something balletic about it.
Money doesn't drive me.
Obviously I'm not a violent person; I don't like violence, but I would definitely go into defending myself if the situation arose.
When you fight on set, you try to not hurt anybody.
Sometimes in life, random things can blind-side you.
I've always loved the guitar. You see Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar with his teeth, and OK, you know you're never going to be able to do that, but I always wanted to play an instrument of some sort.
Working on new projects gives you the opportunity to learn and absorb new things.
When I left EastEnders (1985), I could have earned an absolute fortune from sexy calendars, shoots for lads' mags, fitness videos and reality shows. But I always turned them down.
When I was ten, I saw 'Grease' on stage and thought: 'I want to be part of that; it looks like so much fun.' My mum enrolled me in a local theatre group, and it all went from there.
I think it's so important as an actor that you hang on to your own inner compass, because so many people want to guide you - 'This is what you should you be doing'. But I want to do different things.

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