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.
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'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.
|2007||Life is Wild||Tim||N/A|
|2008||Doctors||Jeremy Evesham||1 Episode|
|2009||The Royal||Phil Cooper||1 Episode|
|2010||The Wyoming Story||Dakin Thorpe||Cast|
|Rules of Love||Tarrant||Main Cast|
|Between You & Me||Josh|
|Titanic||Jack Thayer||2 Episodes|
|2013||Father Brown||John Van Ert||1 Episode|
|Devil's Pass||Andy Thatcher||Main Cast|
|2014||The Magnificent Eleven||Kurt|
|2014–present||Emmerdale||Robert Sugden||Series regular|
|2007||The History Boys||Rudge||Wyndhams Theatre + UK Tour|
|2009||Letting in Air||Adam||Old Red Lion Theatre|
|2010||You May Go Now||N/A||Finborough Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Result||Award||Category||Film or series||Character|
|2015||Nominated||British Soap Awards||Best Newcomer||Emmerdale||Robert Sugden|
|Nominated||Villain of the Year|
|Won||All About Soap Awards||Best Moment 2014 – Robert Kisses Aaron|
|Won||Inside Soap Awards||Best Newcomer|
|Nominated||TV Choice Awards||Best Soap Newcomer|
|2016||Nominated||British Soap Awards||Villain of the Year|
|Nominated||Best Onscreen Partnership (with Danny Miller)|