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Michelle Ryan Height 5' 7" Born April 22 1984, Enfield, Middlesex, England, UK
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Michelle Ryan: Ryan was born in Enfield,
Greater London. A member of a local theatre group since she was 10, she was
picked for her role in EastEnders when she was 15 and first appeared on the show
in September 2000; for the part, she affected an East End cockney accent, rather
than speaking her usual Received Pronunciation. In 2005 she announced she was
leaving EastEnders to concentrate on work in theatre and films.
She has mused that her involvement with the show served as a dress rehearsal for
working on Bionic Woman.
During summer 2005, Ryan appeared in a run of Who's the Daddy? at the King's Head Theatre. The play by Toby Young and Lloyd Evans is based on the David Blunkett paternity case.
Ryan auditioned to replace Billie Piper as the Doctor's companion in Doctor Who; however, Freema Agyeman was ultimately chosen for the role. Ryan had a small role in an episode of Marple which screened in February 2006, and also appeared in a small independent film the same year, Cashback.
In spring 2007, Ryan was seen as Maria in a new adaptation of Mansfield Park opposite Billie Piper for the ITV network and also as Lila in the film I Want Candy, co-starring Carmen Electra and Mackenzie Crook. In February 2007, an announcement was made saying she had been cast as the lead in the new drama pilot Bionic Woman. Producers say the series will be a "re-imagination" of the 1970s series of the same name. It was confirmed on May 14, 2007, that the show had been picked up for the 2007-08 season. Ryan affects an American accent for the role. She has had professional dance training and attributes it to helping her with the physically demanding stunts required for the show.
On Red Nose Day 2007, Ryan appeared in a brand new Mr. Bean sketch written and recorded for Comic Relief. She will shortly be seen in Flick, a new Welsh independent film co-starring Faye Dunaway and Leslie Phillips.
In May 2007 Ryan revealed she had auditioned for the role of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale eventually given to Eva Green the previous year.
Prior to Bionic Woman, she appeared in Jekyll for the BBC, a modern day version of Dr Jekyll And Mr. Hyde starring James Nesbitt. It began its six-episode run on June 16, 2007 and is scheduled for DVD release in the United States on September 18, 2007, one week prior to her debut in Bionic Woman.
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