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Ryan Cartwright (born 14 March 1981) is an English actor.

Ryan Cartwright
Born (1981-03-14) 14 March 1981 (age 38)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1997–present


Early lifeEdit

Cartwright was born on 14 March 1981 in Birmingham, West Midlands. He has an older brother, Che Cartwright, who is also an actor.


He began acting with the Central Junior Television Workshop. His first major role came at the age of 15 in the British ITV comedy-drama The Grimleys.[1] He has also appeared in such other British television programmes as Seriously Weird, Hardware, Donovan, Microsoap, Look Around You and All About Me.

Since moving to the US, Cartwright had a recurring role on the television series Bones as the laboratory intern Vincent Nigel-Murray, until the death of his character in the season 6 episode The Hole in the Heart. He also completed filming a Hallmark Channel television film, Dear Prudence alongside Jane Seymour, in which he used an American accent.[1] He had a recurring role (as upper class Briton John Hooker) on Season 3 of Mad Men.[2]

He played Gary Bell, an autistic character, on the Syfy television series Alphas (2011–2012). To prepare for the role, Cartwright consulted with people who worked with autistic people, watched documentaries, read blogs created by autistic people, and books from autistic authors, such as Temple Grandin and Daniel Tammet.[3] Cartwright's portrayal of Bell has earned praise from the neurological science community, crediting his complexity for eschewing stereotypes of autism previously displayed in mass media.[4]

In September 2016, Cartwright began a main role in the CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait as Chale Witt. On May 12, 2018, the series was canceled after two seasons.

Personal lifeEdit

Cartwright has lived in Los Angeles since 2006.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Virgin Territory Ghino
2011 Sironia Nick
2015 Vacation Terry
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence David's Assistant
2017 Father Figures Liam O’Callaghan


Year Title Role Notes
1997, 1999–2001 The Grimleys Darren Grimley Main cast, 22 episodes
1997 Dangerfield Ian Thomson Episode: "Contact"
1998 Microsoap David
2000 Doctors Henry Lincoln Episode: "Cheated"
2002 All About Me Peter
2002 Seriously Weird Harris Pembleton main cast
2003–2004 Hardware Steve
2002, 2004–2011 Freak Like Me Nick / N Series 1 as Nick, Series 4-10 as N
2004–2006 DNA Seth Donovan 3 episodes
2005 Look Around You Sam McNamara Episode: "Live Final"
2005 Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky Rex
2008 Dear Prudence Nigel Forsythe III TV film
2008–2011 Bones Vincent Nigel-Murray Recurring character, 11 episodes
2009 Mad Men John Hooker Recurring character, 5 episodes
2011–2012 Alphas Gary Bell Main cast, 24 episodes
2012 The Big Bang Theory Cole Episode: "The 43 Peculiarity"
2014 Warehouse 13 Oswald Episode: "A Faire to Remember"
2014 Mom Jeff Taylor 4 episodes
2015 Truth Be Told Josh Episode: "Psychic Chicken"
2016–2018 Kevin Can Wait Chale Main cast, 48 episodes


  1. ^ a b c Laws, Roz (21 Feb 2010). "Ryan Cartwright on moving to Hollywood, Mad Men and Bones". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Q&A – Ryan Cartwright (John Hooker)". AMC 20 August 2009. Archived from the original on 4 June 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Winegardner, Jean. "He's not autistic, but he plays one on TV: Ryan Cartwright on Syfy's Alphas". The Washington Times. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  4. ^ Peden, Mike. "Alpha and Omega". The Autistic Journalist. Retrieved 23 August 2011.

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