Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan jokes that being a merchant banker, professional footballer or assassin may have been a more lucrative career choice. "But acting lets you pretend to be lots of different people," he says. "Every role pushes you somewhere new."

Ryan's spontaneity and self-possession in The Call, The Promise, Concussion and, most recently, Company B's Measure for Measure have drawn solid praise. A trained opera singer, he is also writing a musical about Australian adventurer Alby Mangels. "I think this is a really exciting time for artists in this country . . . I feel we're on the edge of something very cool."

Originally published in Metro, The Sydney Morning Herald