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Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1983-06-30 (37 years old)

4 Movies · 19 TV Series


Katherine Louisa Ryan (born 30 June 1983) is a Canadian comedian, writer, presenter, and actress based in the United Kingdom.She has appeared on many British panel shows including as a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats and guest appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, A League of Their Own, Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You?, QI, Just a Minute, Safeword, and Have I Got News for You. In 2015, she replaced Steve Jones as the presenter of Hair on BBC Two. As an actress, Ryan has appeared on numerous television series in the UK, including the sitcoms Campus, Episodes and her Netflix show The Duchess. As a stand-up comedian, Ryan has appeared on the BBC's Live at the Apollo, both as a featured act and as a lead act. She has had two live stand-up specials released on Netflix – Katherine Ryan: In Trouble (2017) and Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (2019).

Personal Life

Ryan has a daughter, Violet from her first marriage. She, her partner and her daughter live in Hertfordshire.Katherine Ryan has previously dated actor and TV presenter Jeff Leach and had an "on again, off again" relationship with comedian Alex Edelman.In 2019, Ryan entered into a civil partnership with Bobby Kootstra. The ceremony took place in Denmark in presence of her daughter. She and Kootstra had dated in Canada as teenagers and were reunited when Ryan returned to her hometown while filming an episode of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are?. She is proud of her Irish heritage and has an Irish passport, which she displayed on Twitter.Ryan has been open about the cosmetic surgery she has had. She had a breast augmentation in her early 20s, and then a second augmentation after a relationship ended.She has faced two bouts of skin cancer.

Early Life

Ryan's father, Finbar, is a draftsman and owner of an engineering company, who originally emigrated from Ireland to Canada. Her mother, Julie McCarthy is British/Canadian and owns an IT consulting company. Ryan and her two younger sisters were born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. The three siblings spent time in Cork, Ireland, visiting their paternal grandparents.Ryan's parents separated when she was a teenager. When she was 18, she decided to leave home and chose to study city planning at the University of Toronto. While attending university, she worked at restaurant chain Hooters, and she then began training other waitresses. She was fired from Hooters for writing "club sandwiches, not seals" on the lunch board. In her spare time she undertook open mic nights as an alternative form of personal entertainment, and by graduation she had developed a basic comedic routine.

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