Meghan Ory

Meghan Ory (born August 20, 1982)[1] is a Canadian television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Red Riding Hood/Ruby on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time and also starred in the short-lived CBS drama Intelligence as Riley Neal. Ory currently stars in the Hallmark family drama Chesapeake Shores as Abby O'Brien.

Meghan Ory
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Ory at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1982-08-20) August 20, 1982 (age 37)
Years active1999–present
John Reardon (m. 2008)

Early lifeEdit

Ory was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and attended Royal Oak Middle School and then Claremont Secondary School. After receiving the Fine Arts Award for Acting from Royal Oak in 1996, she began pursuing a career in acting. Ory is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.[2][3]


Her first professional acting role came in 1999 in the Fox Family Channel television movie, The Darklings, opposite Suzanne Somers and Timothy Busfield. A guest appearance on the television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven followed, before she landed her first regular TV role on the Fox Family series Higher Ground in 2000, along with Hayden Christensen and A.J. Cook. After appearing on the MTV series 2ge+her (2000), Ory joined the cast of the Canadian television series Vampire High in 2001.

She continued working in television with guest appearances on The Outer Limits, Dark Angel, Glory Days, and Maybe It’s Me. She appeared in the TV movies Lucky 7 and National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion in 2003, as well as the TV series Smallville, Life As We Know It, and The Collector, and Family Reunion in 2004. Also in 2004, Ory made her feature film debut in Decoys, directed by Matthew Hastings, whom she had previously worked with on Higher Ground and Vampire High.[4]

In 2006, Ory appeared in UPN series South Beach, and the Hallmark mini-series Merlin's Apprentice, alongside Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson. She also appeared in the feature film John Tucker Must Die and the made-for-TV film Her Sister's Keeper. In 2007, Ory appeared in Blonde and Blonder with Pamela Anderson and Denise Richards,[5] and the television film Nightmare. In 2008, Ory appeared in the television series Flash Gordon episode "Thicker Than Water". In 2009, Ory appeared in the television series Knight Rider (2008) episode 17 (Season 1) "I love the Knight Life" as Megan Connelly. She portrayed Claire Thompson in the horror-thriller film Dark House.[6][7] She also appeared as a guest star of Canadian TV Series Sanctuary as Laura. In 2010, Ory appeared in the Keystone Light beer commercial "Rescue of Beer"..[8]

Beginning fall 2011, Ory starred as Red Riding Hood/Ruby on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time. She was in most of the episodes of the first season and was promoted to the main cast in the second season of the series. She left the cast at the end of the second season, to focus on her new show Intelligence, but made guest appearances in four episodes during the third season. Ory also returned to the show during its fifth season for three episodes.[9]

In March 2013, Ory was cast as the female lead opposite Josh Holloway in the CBS drama pilot Intelligence, which co-stars Marg Helgenberger.[10] The show was cancelled after one season due to poor ratings.

In the 2016 Hallmark original series Chesapeake Shores, she stars as a divorced career woman with two young daughters who returns to her hometown.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2008, she married John Reardon, with whom she worked on Merlin's Apprentice. In May 2018, Ory announced that they had welcomed their first child, a son.[12][13] In July 2019, Ory announced that she was expecting their second child, a daughter, as stated in an interview. In October 2019, Ory announced that they had welcomed their second child.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Decoys Alex
2006 John Tucker Must Die Jill
2008 Blonde and Blonder Kit
2009 Dark House Claire
2010 Winner: Best Short Film Short film
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Crystal O'Rourke Digital film
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Darklings Jessie Everett Television film (Fox Family Channel)
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Alice Romano Episode: "The Road Not Taken"
Popular Jessie Everett Television Series, Main Role
2000 Higher Ground Juliette Waybourne Main role, 22 episodes
2gether: The Series Heather Episode: "Crying"
Hayley Wagner, Star Caitlin Curren Television film
2001 The Outer Limits Danielle Hobson Episode: "Abduction"
2001–02 Maybe It's Me Lauren Episodes: "The Cheerleader Episode", "The Halloween Episode",

"The Lab Partner Episode"

2001–02 Vampire High Sherry Woods Main role; 26 episodes
2002 Maybe It's Me Lauren Episode: "The Lab Partner Episode"
Dark Angel Rachel Berrisford Episode: "The Berrisford Agenda"
Glory Days Jade LaFayette / Ann Palmer Episode: "The Lost Girls"
Just Cause Tracey Episode: "The Last to Know"
2003 Lucky 7 Janey Television film (ABC Family)
National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion Allison Snider Television film (TBS)
2004 Smallville Megan Calder Episode: "Hereafter"
Life as We Know It Greta Episode: "Family Hard-ships"
2004–05 The Collector Katie
Shannon Conrad/Cora
Episode: "The Ice Skater"
Episode: "The Cowboy"
2006 South Beach Maggie Main role, 8 episodes
Merlin's Apprentice Brianna Television mini-series
Her Sister's Keeper Melissa Brennan Television film (Lifetime)
2007 Viva Laughlin Episode: "1.5"
Nightmare Carla Television film
Painkiller Jane Wanda Episode: "Portraits of Lauren Gray"
The Haunting of Sorority Row Amanda Television film (Lifetime Movies)
2008 Flash Gordon Sarre Episode: "Thicker Than Water"
2009 Knight Rider Dr. Megan Connelly Episode: "I Love the Knight Life"
Sanctuary Laura S. Episode: "Sleepers"
2010 Psych Josie Episode: "Viagra Falls"
2010–11 True Justice Juliet Sanders Main role (Season 1), 13 episodes
2012 Supernatural Sally Episode: "Adventures In Babysitting"
2011–16 Once Upon a Time Ruby / Red Riding Hood Recurring role (Seasons 1, 3 and 5)
Main role (Season 2)
46 episodes
2014 Intelligence Riley Neal Main role; 13 episodes
The Memory Book Chloe Television film (Hallmark)
2015 Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow Ashley Jane Harrison Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2016–present Chesapeake Shores Abby O'Brien Main role; 29 episodes
2016 NCIS: New Orleans Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Lee Episode: "Overdrive"


  1. ^ "Meghan Ory". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
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  4. ^ Vampire High bio Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Pamela Anderson & Denise Richards Go BLONDE & BLONDER[dead link], Eclipse Magazine, October 31, 2006.
  6. ^ "AFM '09: 'Puppet Master: Axis of Evil', 'Luster' and 'Dark House'".
  7. ^ "Fangoria FrightFest Winner Announced: Dark House!". Dread Central.
  8. ^ gibbysgarage (May 31, 2010). "Keith Stone KeyStone Beer Commercial 2010.mpg". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  9. ^ Mitovich, Matt (September 8, 2015). "Once Upon a Time: Meghan Ory to Return as Ruby in Season 5". TV Line. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 11, 2013). "Meghan Ory Of 'Once Upon A Time' To Star In CBS Pilot 'Intelligence'". Deadline. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  11. ^ "Meghan Ory on Hallmark Channel Chesapeake Shores, A Safe Place". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  12. ^ Meghan Ory (May 13, 2018). "#happymothersday to all you fierce mommas out there! To answer the question, yes, I have joined the ranks of love, cuteness, poops and exhaustion and loving it! #motherhood #babies 💩 🍼". Instagram. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  13. ^ Wallace, Debra (August 27, 2019). "Chesapeake Shores Star Meghan Ory Talks New Season, How She's Prepping for Baby and Describes Her 'Happy Place'". Parade. Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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