Ryan O'Kane

Ryan O'Kane

Age Range
33 - 45
NZ European
180cm / 5ft 11in
103cm / 41in
84cm / 33in
95cm / 37in

Nicky Gluyas Management (Aus - Agent)
Sovereign Talent Group (US - Agent)
Bohemia Group (US - Management)

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Ryan O’Kane began acting in theatre as a child in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. He majored in Psychology at Otago University and intended to study medicine but soon realized a passion for the performing arts and graduated Otago with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Theatre. Ryan began studying at Toi Whakaari, New Zealand’s oldest drama school in 2004. During his second year at Toi, O’Kane was cast in his first screen role as lead character, Brad, in The Insider’s Guide to Love, for which he won “Best Actor in a Drama Series” at the Qantas media awards.

In 2006, he joined the core cast of police drama, The Hothouse. Ryan continued to work on screen in New Zealand, acting in feature films Second Hand Wedding and Out of the Blue. He worked on short film Crossing the Line directed by Sir Peter Jackson before he moved to Melbourne in 2010. From there he worked on two seasons of long-running series City Homicide. Ryan returned to New Zealand to star in Tangiwai, portraying NZ cricketer, Bob Blair in 2011. More recently, Ryan can be recognized as Prince Frederick from the telemovie Mary: The Making of a Princess, and as Home and Away’s Riley Hawkings (2017).

In April 2018, South Pacific Pictures cast Ryan as the role of Dylan Reinhart, Shortland Street’s most recent killer. 


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2021 Justice of Bunny King Detective Jerry Goodman Dir. Gaysorn Thavat Feature Film
2020 Baby Done Eddy Dir. Curtis Vowell Feature Film
2020 Flamingo Ben Dir. Richard Riddoford Feature Film
2019 Faint of Heart Thom Dir. Mason Cade Packer & Micah Winiata Feature Film
2017 6 Days Snapper Dir. Toa Fraser Feature Film
2016 Down Under Kiwi Guy Dir. Abe Forsythe Feature Film
2016 Hillary Tom Bourdillion Great Southern TV, dir. Danny Mulheron Feature Film
2015 Alex & Eve Paul Dir. Peter Andrikidis Feature Film
2015 Psychoanalysis Andrew Fendal Emporium Pictures, dir. James Raue Feature Film
2015 Down Under Kiwi White Guy Riot Films, dir. Abraham Forsythe Feature Film
2015 Mary: The Making of a Princess Prince Fredrick Channel 10, dir. Jennifer Leacey Feature Film
2014 Pirates Of The Airway Derek Lowe Lippy Pictures Ltd Feature Film
2012 Save Your Legs Gobber Another Mans Box Feature Film
2011 Tangiwai Bob Blair Lippy Pictures Feature Film
2011 The Fall Guys Kubric Certain Scenes Productions Ltd Feature Film
2011 Rage Des Oram Tom Scott Productions Feature Film
2008 Second Hand Wedding Stew Davis GS Productions, dir. Paul Murphy Feature Film
2006 Out of the Blue Darren Buist Dir. Robert Sarkies Feature Film


Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2021 The Panthers Pawn Shop Shark TVNZ Drama
2021 My Life is Murder Ivan Greenstone Pictures Drama
2020 Brokenwood S7 Glenn Dir. Katie Wolfe & Aidee Walker Drama
2020 One Lane Bridge Dermot Great Southern Television, dir. Peter Burger & Danny Mulheron Drama
2018-2019 Shortland Street Dr Dylan Reinhart/Dr Dan Reinhart South Pacific Pictures, dir. Various Drama
2017 Home and Away Riley Hawkins Seven Network, dir. Various Drama
2016 Peter Brock Dennis Sutcliff Shine Productions / Network Ten, dir. Geoff Bennett Drama
2016 Hillary Tom Bourdillion Great Southern, dir. Danny Mulheron Drama
2016 The Secret Daughter Charlie Stryvver Screentime, dir. Paul Moloney Drama
2015 Mary: The Making of a Princess Prince Frederick FremantleMedia / Network Ten, dir. Jennifer Leacey Drama
2014 Fat Tony & Co Boris Buick Channel 9 Australia Drama
2014 It's a Date (C) Ranger Tom ABC Drama
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder (C) Dino Rossi Dir. Sian Davies Drama
2013 The Doctor Blake Mysteries Phillip Morrisey Dir. Andrew Prowse Drama
2012 Conspiracy 365 Detective Sergeant Dorian McGrath Movie Network Drama
2012 HOWZAT! - Kerry Packer's War Jeff Thomson Southern Star Productions Drama
2011 City Homicide s5 Rhys Levitt Seven Network Australia Ltd Drama
2010 City Homicide s4 Rhys Levitt Seven Network (Operations) Ltd Drama
2007 Paradise Zac Gibson Group Drama
2007 My Story Jed (Core Cast) Gibson Group Drama
2006 Hothouse Daniel Gibson Group Drama
2005 The Insider's Guide to Love Brad (Core Cast) Gibson Group Drama

Web Series

Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2021 Talkback Alex from Firmex All Talk Productions
2015 Fragments of Friday s2 Max Endermol Australia Productions, dir. Kacie Anning


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2017 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Silo Theatre, dir. Shane Bosher
2010 Christ Almighty Joseph BATS Theatre, dir. Sophie Roberts
2009 Apollo 13 Jim Lovell Packman, dir. Kip Chapman
2008 Mr Marmalade Cactus Almost a Bird, dir. Sophie Roberts
2008 A Street Car Named Desire Stanley Almost A Bird, dir. Willam Wassenaar
2007 A Man Walks Into A Bar The Man Dir. David Laurance
2006 The Lead Wait Leon Dir. Harriette Cowan
2004 Romeo and Juliet Romeo NZDS, dir. KC Kelly
2003 Twelfth Night Malvolio Dir. Hillary Halba, Allan Hall
2003 The Rivals Fag Globe Theatre, dir. David Corballis
2003 The Proposal Stephon Dir. Ruth Wheeler
2002 MacBeth Fortune Theatre, dir. Martin Howells
2002 As You Like It Orlando Globe Theatre, dir. David Corballis

Short Film

Year Production Role Production Company / Director Type
2021 Canvass Scott Legal Fiction Ltd. Short Film
2018 The Pathos of Things The Vacant Man Dir. Micah Winiata Short Film
2016 Waiting for Rain Ben Droving Productions, dir. Andrew Carbone Short Film
2015 Theodore's Gift Dean Dir. Elli Iliades Short Film
2008 Over the Front Pilot Wingnut Films, dir. Peter Jackson Short Film
2007 Crossing the Line Featured Pilot Wingnut Films, dir. Peter Jackson Short Film
2005 A&E (Accident & Eternity) Seb NZDS, dir. Charlie Bleakley Short Film
2004 Loose Ends Doug NZDS, dir. KC Kelly, Aileen O'Sullivan Short Film


Year Production Role Production Company / Director
2021 Noel Leeming 'Father's Day' Ashley's Dad Tutu Films
2020 Opdivo Adult Son Chirp Films Ltd.


Year Description Institution / Presenter
2005 Bachelor of Arts, Major in Theatre Otago University
2004 Bachelor of Performing Arts Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Miranda Harcourt & Aileen Sulivan


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