Ryan O'Kane is a New Zealand actor. His roles include Rhys Levitt in the Australian police drama City Homicide, Prince Frederik in the telemovie Mary: The Making of a Princess, and Riley Hawkins in Home and Away. In 2018 and 2019, O'Kane portrayed Dylan Reinhart and his twin brother Daniel Reinhart in Shortland Street.

Ryan O'Kane
Born1982/1983 (age 37–38)[1]
Jazmyne van Gosliga (m. 2018)

Early lifeEdit

O'Kane was born in Dunedin, New Zealand.[2] In 2000, he began attending the University of Otago, where he studied a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology.[3] O'Kane intended to study medicine, but upon realising he wanted to become an actor, he attended New Zealand Drama School, studying Performance Art.[3]


O'Kane's first role saw him play a criminal in The Insider's Guide To Love. He won Best Actor in a TV Drama at the 2006 Qantas Television Awards for his performance.[4] He went on to portray a police officer in a production of The Hothouse, before joining the cast of Australian drama City Homicide as Detective Senior Constable Rhys Levitt in 2010.[3] O'Kane relocated to Melbourne for the role.[3] O'Kane played cricketer Bob Blair in Tangiwai: A Love Story and protester Des Oram the telemovie Rage.[4] This was followed up with roles in the mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer's War and the series Conspiracy 365. There were guest appearances in The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Mr & Mrs Murder in 2013 and It's a Date in 2014. He also had a starring role in the 2014 television series Fat Tony & Co. The following year, he appeared in the telemovie Mary: The Making of a Princess.[5] In 2016, he appeared in the television drama series The Secret Daughter and the television mini-series Brock. O'Kane joined the cast of Home and Away in the guest role of surgeon Riley Hawkins. He made his first appearance on 31 January 2017.[6] Since April 2018, he has played the role of Dr Dylan Reinhart in Shortland Street.[7] Later that year, he began playing Dylan's twin Daniel Reinhart.[8]

O'Kane has appeared in the films Alex & Eve,[2] Save Your Legs! and Down Under.

Personal lifeEdit

O'Kane met actor and make-up artist Jazmyne van Gosliga on the set of Pirates of the Airwaves in 2013. They married in January 2018.[1]


  1. ^ a b Meij, Sara (10 January 2018). "Home and Away's Ryan O'Kane ties the knot in Nelson". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Veerhuis, Jennifer (27 November 2015). "Actor Ryan O'Kane loves to get beachside with his birds". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ryan O'Kane plays Rhys Levitt". Yahoo!7. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b Thompson, Erica (6 September 2011). "Q&A with Rage actor Ryan O'Kane". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  5. ^ Page, Emma (2 March 2016). "Ryan O'Kane talks Mary - The Making of a Princess". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  6. ^ Cullen, Tamara; Downie, Stephen (28 January – 3 February 2017). "Mystery medic". TV Week (4): 11.
  7. ^ Harvey, Kerry (20 April 2018). "Shortland Street actor - a doctor at last". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  8. ^ Harvey, Kerry (6 December 2018). "Shortland Street's Ryan O'Kane reveals he will be adding to the mayhem this Christmas". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 24 December 2018.

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