“This talented young actor delivers a stand out performance” – TIMEOUT MAGAZINE
“Engaging from the first heart beat” – THE STAGE
Critically acclaimed for his inventiveness and physicality, praised for his commitment and preparation; and with a growing list of stage and screen credits to his name, Ryan Wichert has taken a big leap towards realising the dream of his 14 year old self to become a successful international actor.
Born to an English mother and a German father, Ryan grew up across both countries and speaks both languages absolutely fluently.
Aged 21 he relocated back to the UK for good and spent a life-changing year working for a homeless charity, before studying acting at London’s Drama Centre, where his fundraising efforts and determination won him the support and sponsorship of leading actors such as Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, the late Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons.
Since his graduation in 2010 Ryan has made the most of being bilingual and has landed roles in both the UK and Germany; the award-winning horror film Demon; the BFI produced short comedy To Leech, opposite Jason Watkins and Julian Rhind-Tutt; a supporting role in the German comedy blockbuster, Abschussfahrt (Constantin Films) and the WW2 drama Another Mother’s Son, directed by BAFTA winner Christopher Menaul.
Ryan’s work has been underpinned by his love of the stage, which he continues to return to. Fresh out of drama school, he appeared in the physical comedy piece The Fantastical Adventures Of [NOT] Being with You, which received glowing reviews across the board. Ryan also took roles in a number of Shakespearean productions including Much Ado About Nothing, doubling up as both Dogberry and Don John and appearing as the Fool to the late David Ryall’s King Lear.
His versatility being recognised within the industry, Ryan was cast in two world premieres at the award-winning Arcola Theatre in London; Shrapnel, a bleak political drama, saw him play as a young soldier and an IT geek, while he portrayed a principled young journalist in the hit satire Clarion opposite Greg Hicks and Clare Higgins. In early 2017 Ryan played the arrogant valet Yasha in The Cherry Orchard, his third collaboration with Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen.
Meanwhile, Ryan’s TV work has seen him as a series’ regular for the German TV sketch comedy The Unlikely Events in the Life of…, which received a nomination for a ‘Grimme’, the most celebrated award in German Television. Back in the UK he successfully auditioned for the lead in Nazi Megastructures, playing real life figure Bruno Manz, and his journey from keen Hitler Youth to remorseful solider (National Geographic). His work and range being more and more noticed, Ryan was offered a guest lead on the German TV show Betty’s Diagnosis (ZDF).
Ryan has also appeared in a string of international commercials and social media campaigns.
As a voice Ryan has voiced charity campaigns, educational projects, both in English and German and is currently dubbing a lead role in the popular Belgian series Ghost Rockers for SKY Germany. He has been signed on for a further three series and a feature film.
Committed to delivering the very best work he can, Ryan has explored areas such as Improv, Meisner technique and Susan Batson teachings at the London Actors‘ Centre and with a range of private coaches. He is madly obsessed with reading and watching in depth interviews with other actors, absorbing their insight and teachings. He has also worked with the voice and movement coach of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been involved in a comedy workshop with Matthew Warchus, the artistic director at The Old Vic Theatre, London.
WRITING + PRODUCING
Ryan loves being able to get involved with every stage of the creative process and bringing his own projects to life. In 2014, he won the German National Charlemagne Youth Prize from the European Parliament for his Euro web series Points Of You, while his short comedies The Blow Job and The (Almost) Famous have screened internationally and received multiple awards. His latest short film Dead Person #1 is currently being submitted to festivals and Ryan is developing a sketch comedy format with a BBC Writer’s Room alumni.
Drawing on his screen and stage experience and utilising those skills, Ryan is in demand as an international presenter. He has presented major exhibitions such as the largest photography trade fair PHOTOKINA and the IFA in Berlin, one of the biggest consumer electronics shows in the world. In 2016, he was introduced as a new international presenter for BMW, filming pieces for both their YouTube channel and BMW TV.