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Neil McDermott (born 15 December 1980) is a British stage and television actor, who is best known for portraying Ryan Malloy in the BBC television soap opera EastEnders.[1]

Neil McDermott
Born (1980-12-15) 15 December 1980 (age 38)
Years active2002–present
TelevisionEastEnders (2009–2016)
Michelle Edwards (m. 2007)


McDermott appeared in the 2008 Doctor Who episode "The Next Doctor", as well as Casualty and Rosemary and Thyme, amongst others,[2] the feature films Goal! and Blooded, and various stage productions including The Sound of Music in the West End. He trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.[3] He joined the cast of EastEnders in 2009. In June 2011, Digital Spy reported that McDermott was leaving EastEnders. An EastEnders spokesperson said, "We can confirm Neil is leaving EastEnders. It was a mutual decision that was made before Christmas when Neil's contract came up for renewal and we wish him all the best for the future. His exit storyline will be dramatic and fans will not be disappointed."[4]

McDermott replaced fellow Enders actor Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London's West End on 29 February 2012. The production played its final performance 24 February 2013 with McDermott as Farquaad. On 2 September 2014, McDermott briefly reprised the role of Ryan Malloy in EastEnders.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

McDermott is married to actress Michelle Edwards.[6] They have a daughter, Arrabella, born in January 2011 and a son.[7] He is the younger of two boys with an older brother named Ian, a greenkeeper.

Neil and his wife Michelle opened Mishmak Youth Theatre in January 2010.

In September 2011 he ran the Great North Run with Charlie Brooks in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.[8]

Television creditsEdit

Theatre creditsEdit


  1. ^ Digital Spy
  2. ^ IMDb
  3. ^ The Sound of Music – Biography
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (19 June 2011). "'EastEnders' star Neil McDermott to leave soap". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  5. ^ Brown, David (2 September 2014). "EastEnders spoilers: Ryan Malloy makes surprise return to the BBC1 soap". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  6. ^ "EastEnders hunk Neil McDermott to open Sutton youth theatre". 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  7. ^ "BABY JOY! EastEnders star Neil McDermott becomes a dad". NOW. IPC Media. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Sport photos – Eastenders stars Charlie Brooks and Neil McDermott at the start line of the Great North Run in Newcastle". Metro. Associated Newspapers Ltd. 18 September 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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