25 January 1950
|Other names||Chris Ryan|
|Alma mater||East 15 Acting School|
Christopher Ryan (né Papazoglou; born 25 January 1950) is a British actor best known for his roles as Mike TheCoolPerson in the BBC comedy series The Young Ones, Dave Hedgehog in the BBC comedy series Bottom, Tony Driscoll in the BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses, and as Edina Monsoon's ex-husband Marshall Turtle in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. He has also appeared as the McKendrick twins in One Foot in the Grave, and played Sontaran General Staal in Doctor Who in 2008.
Ryan was born Christopher Papazoglou in Bayswater, London to an English mother and a Greek father. He trained at East 15 Acting School from 1968 to 1971, then began his professional acting career with Glasgow Citizens' Theatre.
The Young Ones
Ryan was the only Young Ones cast member who was not already well known in British comedy circles, the other principal parts being taken by The Comic Strip members Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, and Alexei Sayle. He was a last-minute replacement for Peter Richardson, for whom the "straight man" role of "Mike TheCoolPerson" was originally intended.
In 1987, he starred in the short-lived BBC sitcom A Small Problem. He played Lucky in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at the Queen's Theatre in the West End in 1991, alongside Mayall and Edmondson. He later played Dave Hedgehog in Bottom, and Marshall Turtle, one of Edina's unloved ex-husbands, on Absolutely Fabulous. He has also appeared in two major sitcoms: he played one of the Driscoll brothers in an episode of Only Fools And Horses and spin-off The Green Green Grass, a pair of identical twin builders in the One Foot in the Grave episode "Hole in the Sky", and a plumber in the episode "The Valley of Fear". He appeared in Back to School Mr. Bean, My Family and Saxondale. He joined up again with Jennifer Saunders for two episodes of The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle.
In 1986, he appeared in the science fiction series Doctor Who as the alien creature Lord Kiv in the serial The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp, and as one of the rose-painting playing cards in the 1999 TV version of Alice in Wonderland. In 2008, he again guest-starred in Doctor Who in the episodes "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky", as the Sontaran leader "General Staal", and in the 2010 episode "The Pandorica Opens", playing another Sontaran character, "Commander Stark". In 2012 he appeared in the role of Marshall in Episode 3 "Olympics" of the Absolutely Fabulous 20th-anniversary specials.
|1985||Santa Claus: The Movie||Vout|
|1993||Dirty Weekend||Small One|
|1997||Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not!||Marshall||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Dead Man Running||Bookie at the Dogs||Uncredited|
|2016||Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie||Marshall|
|2019||Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor||Kiv||Direct-to-video|
|1978||Target||Jock||Episode: "A Good and Faithful Woman"|
|1979||Angels||Harry||Episodes 5.13 & 5.15|
|1980||Fox||East||Episode: "Stick or Twist"|
|1981||BBC2 Playhouse||Tony||Episode: "Days at the Beach"|
|Play for Today||Hound Dog||Episode: "A Turn for the Worse"|
|The Olympian Way||Mickey Farr||Episode: "Slim Chance"|
|1982–1984||The Young Ones||Mike TheCoolPerson|
|1984||The Tempest, Act IV||Ferdinand||TV movie|
|1985||Inside Out||Tommy||Episodes 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3|
|Summer Season||Twerp||Episode: "Rachel and the Roarettes"|
|The Lenny Henry Show||N/A||Episode 2.2|
|Happy Families||Mell||Episode: "Cassie"|
|1986||Doctor Who||Kiv||Episode: "Mindwarp"|
|1987||A Small Problem||Howard|
|1989||Only Fools and Horses||Tony Driscoll||Episode: "Little Problems"|
|The Russ Abbot Show||N/A||Episode 4.12|
|1990, 1995||One Foot in the Grave||Plumber
|Episodes: "The Valley of Fear"|
"Hole in the Sky"
|1991–1995||Bottom||Dave Hedgehog||Episodes: "Accident"|
|1992||The New Statesman||Ioannis Douvalopoulos||Episode: "Speaking in Tongues"|
|1992–2012||Absolutely Fabulous||Marshall||Credited as Chris Ryan|
|1993||Maigret||Basie||Episode: "Maigret and the Maid"|
|Newman and Baddiel in Pieces||N/A||Episode: "Guilty"|
|1994||Requiem Apache||Club Barman||TV movie|
Credited as Chris Ryan
|Mr. Bean||Karate Student||Episode: "Back to School Mr. Bean"|
Credited as Chris Ryan
|1995||Health and Efficiency||Peter Hudson||Episode: "The Old Dope Peddler"|
|1997||Melissa||Les Maurice||TV mini-series|
|1998||Mike and Angelo||Brad Schnauzer||Episode: "Out of the Wardrobe"|
|1999||Alice in Wonderland||Royal Gardener 3||TV movie|
Credited as Chris Ryan
|2001, 2003||My Family||Mr. Hilliard
|Episodes: "Parisian Beauty"|
|2002||Fun at the Funeral Parlour||Rocky||Episode: "Dog Dago Afternoon"|
|2005–2006, 2009||The Green Green Grass||Tony Driscoll||Episodes: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock"|
"Brothers and Sisters"
|2006||SpongeBob SquarePants||Professor Percy||Episode: "Chimps Ahoy"|
|2007||Saxondale||Ticket Inspector||Episode 2.5|
|2007||The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle||Miriam||Episodes 1.2 & 1.6|
|2008, 2010||Doctor Who||General Staal
|Episodes: "The Sontaran Stratagem"|
"The Poison Sky"
"The Pandorica Opens"
|2013||It's Kevin||The Great Spagboletti||Episode #1.4|
|2016||Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters||General Stenk/Flitch||"The Sontaran Ordeal"|
|2018||Ravenous||Macy||"How to Make a Killing in Time Travel"|
|Jeremiah Bourne in Time||Pete|
|Lady Christina||Grunt/Handley||2 stories|
|2019, 2020||The Paternoster Gang||Stonn||2 stories|
|2011||Black Mirror III||Additional Voices|
|1986||"Living Doll"||Mike||Cliff Richard|
|1977||The Devil Is an Ass||Pug||Royal National Theatre|||
|Measure for Measure||Abhorson|||
|1978||The Cure for Love||Charlie Fox||Churchill Theatre|||
|1979||Bleak House||Conversation Kenge
|Royal Court Theatre|||
|1980||A Flea in Her Ear||N/A||Thorndike Theatre|||
|1984||Of Mice and Men||Curley||Mermaid Theatre|||
|1987||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Puck||Regent's Park Open Air Theatre|||
|1988||Kiss Me, Kate||Joe Ambrosio||Royal Shakespeare Company|||
|1990||Valued Friends||Stewart||Hampstead Theatre|||
|1991||Waiting for Godot||Lucky||Queen's Theatre|||
|1993||On the Ledge||Martin||Royal National Theatre/Nottingham Playhouse|||
|2003||His Girl Friday||McCue||Olivier Theatre|||
|2009||Arsenic and Old Lace||Dr. Einstein||Salisbury Playhouse|||
|2013||Cinderella||Baron Hardup||Theatre Royal, Norwich|||
|2015||Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense||Seppings||Theatre Royal, Nottingham|||
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- "Living Doll by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones - SimplyEightys". Retrieved 25 January 2021.
- From the programme to the production.
- "Doctor Who: Casting Update". BBC. 2 October 2007. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
- "HCX Pick of Christmas Events". Her Campus Media, LLC. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
- "REVIEW: 'Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor' - The Doctor Who Big Blue Box Podcast". Retrieved 30 January 2021.
- "Jeremiah Bourne in Time - Big Finish Originals - Big Finish". Retrieved 26 January 2021.
- "Lady Christina Series 01 - The Worlds of Doctor Who - Special Releases - Big Finish". Retrieved 26 January 2021.
- "David Suchet - The Devil is an Ass (1976-77)". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "David Suchet - Measure for Measure (1976-77)". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "Christopher Ryan - Theatricalia". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "ROB WILTON THEATRICALIA Classic Play Programmes 1980-89". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "A Midsummer Night's Dream - shakespeareances.com". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "Photostage.co.uk". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "CalmView: Overview - National Theatre". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "Theatre review: Arsenic and Old Lace at Salisbury Playhouse". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "Cinderella (Norwich) - WhatsOnStage". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "JEEVES & WOOSTER at Theatre Royal Nottingham - ItsMuchMore". Retrieved 31 January 2021.