Jay Bunyan, commonly known by his stage name Jay Ryan, is a New Zealand-born actor known for taking part in TV series and movies such as Neighbours, Go Girls, Top of the Lake, Beauty & the Beast, among others. Ryan’s partner is Dianna Fuemana
Born in Auckland city on the 29th of August, 1981, Jay has kept most of his personal life private. As such, the public domain has limited information regarding Ryan’s childhood and early life apart from the details that the actor has made public. The 35-year-old actor is not married yet but has a long-time girlfriend, Dianna Fuemana (she may be Ryan’s wife soon). Dianna, Ryan’s spouse, is a writer and director. Ryan and Dianna welcomed a beautiful daughter named Eve Bunyan back in March 2013. She is a Canadian-New Zealand girl.
Jay admits that he neither anticipated having a daughter nor planned to be the head of a family at his age. However, he maintains that his daughter, Eve, came as a pleasant surprise to them and made him realize how important family is after he started his own. He intends to create a balance between family life and his career. When Jay was interviewed by E News, he disclosed that his girlfriend had come up with a nickname for him – “Hottie of the week” – after he was voted by the majority in a feature segment known as the Hottie of the Week.
The professional Hollywood actor’s career took off in 1998, and he is still at it to date. Before that, Ryan used to entertain young kids as a clown at a local supermarket. At age of 19, he made a move to Australia to take on acting career. In early 2005, he received a suggestion to change his name when he was auditioning for roles in movies in Los Angeles from “Jay Bunyan” to professionally using “Jay Ryan.”
After changing his name, Ryan luckily landed roles in three different features – The Tribe, Being Eve and Neighbours. In 2003, the character he played in the movie Neighbours as Jack Scully became popular and it earned him a nomination for the Logie Awards for Most Popular New Male Talent; this was a major career boost.
From Ryan’s IMDb biography, he has made appearances in theaters and the big screen as well as in short films such as Anthony and Cleopatra, Mocking Bird and Australian film Lou. He has also guest starred in shows such as Sea Patrol, Go Girls, Legend of the Seeker and Terra Nova. Playing the lead role of the Beast (Vincent Keller) in the CW TV hit series Beauty and the Beast was very significant to his career as it increased his fame.
Later in 2014, he won the Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Miniseries in the movie Top of the Lake. With such numerous years of growth in his acting, Jay is estimated to earn $484,000 yearly by signing film contracts, sponsorships and also featuring in films and has amassed a massive net worth of $4 million.