Ryan Alexander Hawley is an actor, currently playing Robert Sugden in ITV's Emmerdale, becoming the fourth actor to take on the role in the series. He has also appeared in a number of TV series, films and stage productions.

Personal life

Hawley spent his childhood partly in Sheffield and partly in the UAE due to his parents' work. In school, Hawley took A-Level Media Studies and took part in school plays, subsequently realising his dream of becoming a film director was very difficult.

Hawley went to university and trained to become an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.


Hawley's acting career began in 2007, when he began to appear in a number of TV series', film's and stage productions. Beginning in 2013, Hawley was out of acting work for an 18-month stretch and had a variety of jobs including working as a chef at Wagamama in Heathrow Airport, stacking shelves in a clothes shop and fitting fireplaces as a labourer.


In 2014 he started his most prominent role, becoming the fourth actor to portray Robert Sugden on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. His main story-lines have included: returning to the village with the White family, an affair with Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller), the manslaughter of Katie Sugden (Sammy Winward) and cover-up, being shot by Ross Barton (Michael Parr) in a "who dunnit?" story-line, supporting Aaron when discover Aaron was sexually abused by his father Gordon Livesy (Gary Mavers), as a child and rekindling his relationship with Aaron.


2007Life is WildTimN/A
2008DoctorsJeremy Evesham1 Episode
Live!N/AMain Cast
2009The RoyalPhil Cooper1 Episode
2010The Wyoming StoryDakin ThorpeCast
Rules of LoveTarrantMain Cast
Between You & MeJosh
2012Red TailsMitchellCast
TitanicJack Thayer2 Episodes
2013Father BrownJohn Van Ert1 Episode
Devil's PassAndy ThatcherMain Cast
2014The Magnificent ElevenKurt
2014–presentEmmerdaleRobert SugdenSeries regular
2007The History BoysRudgeWyndhams Theatre + UK Tour
2009Letting in AirAdamOld Red Lion Theatre
2010You May Go NowN/AFinborough Theatre

Awards and nominations

YearResultAwardCategoryFilm or seriesCharacter
2015NominatedBritish Soap AwardsBest NewcomerEmmerdaleRobert Sugden
NominatedVillain of the Year
WonAll About Soap AwardsBest Moment 2014 – Robert Kisses Aaron
WonInside Soap AwardsBest Newcomer
NominatedTV Choice AwardsBest Soap Newcomer
2016NominatedBritish Soap AwardsVillain of the Year
NominatedBest Onscreen Partnership (with Danny Miller)