Ryan Alexander Hawley (born 21 September 1985) is an Arabian-born English actor, known for his portrayal of Robert Sugden in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2014 to 2019.

Ryan Hawley
Born (1985-09-21) 21 September 1985 (age 34)
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Years active2007–present
Known forEmmerdale
Daisy Prestes de Oliviera (m. 2013)

Early lifeEdit

Hawley, son of Christine and Steve, spent his childhood partly in Sheffield and partly in the UAE due to his parents' work.[1]

In school, Hawley took A-Level Media Studies and took part in numerous school plays, subsequently realising his dream of becoming a film director was very difficult.[1] Hawley went to university and trained to become an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.[2]


Hawley's acting career began in 2007, when he began to appear in a number of television series, films and stage productions. He made his television debut in the pilot of American series Life Is Wild as Tim. In 2013, he appeared in Devil's Pass, a Russian-British horror film, as Andy Thatcher.

In 2014, Hawley was cast in his most prominent role as Robert Sugden on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, becoming the fourth actor to portray the character.

He has received critical acclaim for his portrayal and has been nominated for several awards, including "Best Villain" and "Best Actor" at The British Soap Awards.[3]

In June 2019, it was announced that Hawley would be leaving Emmerdale after five years with his exit airing on 1 November 2019.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2013, Hawley married Daisy Prestes de Oliviera.[5]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Life Is Wild Tim Pilot
2008 Doctors Jeremy Evesham 1 episode
2008 Survivors Will 1 episode
2008 Live! Unnamed Short film
2010 The Wyoming Story Dakon Thorpe Television film
2010 Rules of Love Tarrant Television film
2010 Between You & Me Josh Short film
2011 The Royal Phil Cooper 1 episode
2012 Red Tails Mitchell Film
2012 Titanic Jack Thayer 2 episodes
2013 Father Brown John Van Ert 1 episode
2013 Devil's Pass Andy Thatcher Film
2014 The Magnificent Eleven Kurt Film
2014–2019 Emmerdale Robert Sugden Series regular
Year Title Role Venue
2007 The History Boys Rudge Wyndhams Theatre and UK Tour
2009 Letting in Air Adam Old Red Lion Theatre
2010 You May Go Now Unnamed Finborough Theatre

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Result Award Category Film or series Character
2015 Nominated British Soap Awards Best Newcomer Emmerdale Robert Sugden
Nominated Villain of the Year
Won All About Soap Awards Best Moment 2014 – Robert Kisses Aaron
Won Inside Soap Awards Best Newcomer
Nominated TV Choice Awards Best Soap Newcomer
2016 Nominated British Soap Awards Villain of the Year
Nominated Best Onscreen Partnership (with Danny Miller)
Won Inside Soap Awards Best Partnership (with Danny Miller)
2017 Won TV Choice Awards Best Soap Actor
Nominated Inside Soap Awards Best Bad Boy[6]
Nominated Inside Soap Awards Best Partnership (with Danny Miller)[6]
Won Digital Spy Readers' Awards Best Soap Relationship (with Danny Miller)[7]
2018 Won TRIC Awards Soap Actor


  1. ^ a b "Emmerdale killer interview: Ryan Hawley reveals Robert Sugden's dark side". BT.com. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  2. ^ "Ryan Hawley CV". – Creative Artists Management. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  3. ^ James Leyfield (13 May 2015). "Soap Week: Emmerdale star Ryan Hawley wants Robert Sugden to have a "reversal of fortunes"". mirror.
  4. ^ Hill, by Rose; 18:39, 12 Jun 2019Updated18:40 (2019-06-12). "Emmerdale's Ryan Hawley quits ITV soap after five years as Robert Sugden". mirror. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  5. ^ "Ryan Hawley's wife Daisy: Emmerdale star's love life revealed". OK. Ok Co. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Inside Soap Awards 2017 shortlist is revealed". 2017-10-31.
  7. ^ "Emmerdale almost achieves clean sweep at Reader Awards". 2017-12-29.

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