Ryan Cartwright (born 14 March 1981) is an English film and television actor from Erdington, Birmingham. He has lived in Los Angeles since 2006. His brother is actor Che Cartwright.


He began acting with the Central Junior Television Workshop. His first major role came at the age of 15 in the British ITV comedy-drama The Grimleys. He has also appeared in such other British television programmes as Seriously Weird, Hardware, Donovan, Microsoap, Look Around You, and All About Me.

Since moving to the US, Cartwright had a recurring role on the television series Bones as the laboratory intern Vincent Nigel-Murray, until the death of his character in the season 6 episode The Hole in the Heart.

He also completed filming a Hallmark Channel television movie, Dear Prudence alongside Jane Seymour, in which he used an American accent. He had a recurring role (as upper class Briton John Hooker) on Season 3 of Mad Men.

He played Gary Bell, an autistic character, on the Syfy television series Alphas. To prepare for the role, Cartwright consulted with people who worked with autistic individuals, watched documentaries, read blogs created by autistic people and books from autistic authors Temple Grandin and Daniel Tammet. Cartwright's portrayal of Bell has earned praise from the neurological science community, crediting his complexity for eschewing stereotypes of autism previously displayed in mass media.


Year Title Role Notes
1997, 1999–2001 The Grimleys Darren Grimley Main cast member
1997 Dangerfield Ian Thomson Series 4, episode 8 ("Contact")
1998 Microsoap David
2000 Doctors Henry Lincoln Series 1, episode 14 ("Cheated")
2002 All About Me Peter
2002 Seriously Weird Harris Pembleton
2003–2004 Hardware Steve
2002, 2004–2011 Freak Like Me Nick/N Series 1 as Nick, Series 4-10 as N
2004 Donovan Seth Donovan Pilot
2005 Look Around You Sam McNamara Series 2, episode 6 ("Live Final")
2005 Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky Rex
2006 Donovan Seth Donovan
2008 Dear Prudence Nigel Forsythe III TV film
2008–2011 Bones Vincent Nigel-Murray Recurring character (Seasons 4, 5, and 6: 9 episodes)
2009 Mad Men John Hooker Recurring character (Season 3, 5 episodes)
2011– 2012 Alphas Gary Bell Series Regular
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Virgin Territory Ghino
2011 Sironia Nick Filming

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