Mostly Credited As: Michelle Ryan
Sometimes Credited As: Mish Mash
Birth Name: Michelle Claire Ryan
Date Of Birth: April 22, 1984 (Age 31)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Enfield, Middlesex, England
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
Michelle Claire Ryan (born April 22, 1984)
is an English actress, best known for her role as Zoe Slater on the BBC1 soap opera EastEnders.
She was born in Enfield, Middlesex. A member of a local theatre group since she was 10, Ryan was picked for her role in EastEnders when she was 15 and first appeared on the show in September 2000. In 2005 she announced that she was leaving EastEnders as she wanted to concentrate on work in theatre and films.
Since leaving Eastenders Ryan has appeared in an episode of Marple which screened in February 2006, the independent film Cashback and Jekyll for the BBC, a modern day version of
In spring 2007, Ryan was seen in a new adaptation of Mansfield Park opposite Billie Piper for the ITV network, as Lila in the film I Want Candy (film) co-starring Carmen Electra and Mackenzie Crook which is released on March 23rd and in Flick a low budget Welsh film which will also feature Faye Dunaway and Leslie Phillips.
In February 2007, it was announced that Ryan had been cast as the lead in the new NBC drama pilot The Bionic Woman. Producers say the pilot show will be a "re-imagination" of the original (which was a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man). The Bionic Woman ran from 1976 to 1978 and starred Lindsay Wagner.
On March 16th, Ryan was seen on BBC1 in a brand new Mr Bean sketch starring Rowan Atkinson and Matthew MacFadyen which had been specially written and recorded for Comic Relief 2007.