Born in Wallasey, England, Ryan Kruger started acting at a early age. Starting out in school plays and making home movies.
He studied acting first at the Oldershaw School in the drama department acting in the odd theater shows in and out of school and then later on moved onto pursue his acting professionally at one of the worlds leading conservatoires and drama schools "The Guildhall School of Music and Drama" under David Ciano.
While continuing his schooling, he took a keen interest in directing and started to make short films with family and friends. Then in 2004 he started making music videos for South African metal bands. During this time already Ryan acted and appeared in a number of UK TV series and soaps and featured in films such as "Millions" (directed by Danny Boyle) playing a thief, in "O Jerusalem" as an American-Jewish extremist during the war and in the hit TV series "Shameless" starring James McAvoy.
One of Ryan's first major directing projects was a 3 year project called GTV! where he filmed with over 50 major US and UK bands back stage/hotels and tour buses. Bands such as Juliet Lewis and the licks, Black Flag, misfits, Bowling for Soup, slipknot and many more.
Early in 2008 Ryan had his work looked at by Quentin Tarantino while he was on his "Death Proof" tour in Liverpool as he was meant to be showcasing his music videos at an event but decided to give them all to Mr. Tarantino.
In 2008 Ryan decided to move to South Africa to pursue his acting and directing and got himself a part in the film "Doomsday" directed by Neil Marshall starring Bob Hoskins and Rhona Mitra. During his stay in Cape Town he studied at the AFDA film school for 2 years just to get a crew together to shoot music videos. Over the past seven years Ryan has become a respected director in South Africa for music videos and is one of the top music video directors in the country. By working with major artists in the country Ryan is known for his narrative based videos and his conceptual shooting style.
During his time in South Africa he has acted in many international feature films and TV series mainly for the UK and American audiences and commercials for Europe. In 2010 he played a guard in "Death Race 2" (Universal) alongside Luke Goss and Danny Trejo. Then in 2011 in a British TV series "The Runaway" (starring Alan Cumming) as a cockney stage manager.
In 2013 he landed a part in the BBC's comedy show "Bluestone 42" as Biffa, a Liverpool scouser chef in the army which was set in Afghanistan.
In 2014 he played in Sacha Baron Cohens new film "Grimsby" as one of his English northerner football hooligan friends. Directed by Louis Leterrier also staring Mark Strong and Penélope Cruz. (Sony Pictures Entertainment).
He has also picked up many awards for his film-making as a director in music videos/short films winning best international short film for "The Screen Behind The Mirror" at the Latina Documenta Film Festival in Italy. And in 2013 MTV ZA Best Music Video of the Year for the band GoodLuck, his two other music videos where runners up in 2nd and 3rd place.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sam k. Rogers
Film by Sony Pictures Entertainment/Louis Leterrier Grimsby Gang
Television by BBC/Iain B. MacDonald Biffa
Television by Light and Dark Films/Tim Greene Photographer
Television by Company Pictures /David Richards Stage Manager
Film (short) by Bruce Paynter/ Cab films Lead
A REASONABLE MAN
Film (short) by Afda Films/Johathan Sidego Greg
THE STAR IS MY DESTINATION
Film (short) by Afda Films/Johathan Sidego Movie producer
DEATH RACE 2
Film by Universal Pictures/Roel Reiné Guard
Film (short) by Afda films/ Rob smith Diederick Icarus
HARMONIOUS TALE OF EDGAR ASHBEY
Film (short) by Afda Films/R/ob Smith Edmund Hunter
Film (short) by Afda Films/ Ian morgan Morgue manager
Film by Afda films/ Rudi Steyn Photographer
Film (short) by Afda Films/Diederick Niehaus Lennie
Film by Rogue Pictures/Neil Marshall Soldier
Film by Films 18 Ltd/Élie Chouraqui Jewish extremist
Hollyoaks: Let Loose
Television by Mersey Television/ Dusan Lazarevic Dwayne pipe
Film (short) by Propeller TV /Nicholas Winter James
Film by Pathé Pictures/Danny Boyle Train Theif
Television by Channel 4 Television/ Johny Campbell Infected Guy
Hollyoaks: After Hours
Television by Mersey Television/David Richardson Guy in bunny suit
The Quiet Storm
Film by Kush Films/Shango Bsang youngest
The 51st State
Film by Focus Films/Ronny Yu Scared Pedestrian
Television by Yorkshire Television/Richard Signy Drug dealer
The Parole Officer
Film by DNA films/John Duigan Protester
At Home with the Braithwaites
Television by Yorkshire Television/Andy De Emmony Choir boy
Best EDM Short&Sweet music video awards GoodLuck -Trickery
Nominated Best EDM Short&Sweet music video awards PHFat ft JungFreud - Lights out
Nominated Best EDM Short&Sweet music video awards LCNVL feat. Tailor - Dreamcatcher
Nominated Best Rock Short&Sweet music video awards Taxi Violence – The Turn
Best Rock Short&Sweet music video awards Prime Circle - Doors
Nominated Best Original Concept- Short&Sweet music video awards Prime Circle - Doors
Nominated Best Hip Hop Video Short&Sweet music video awards PHFat – Lights Out ft Jung Freud
Nominated Best Video for International Artist Short&Sweet music video awards Prime Circle - Doors
Nominated Best Video for International Artist Short&Sweet music video awards ISO - Never Going Back
2015 SAMA Best Music video of the year Prime Circle - Doors (South Africa Music Awards)
Best Music video of 2013 MTV for GoodLuck - Trickery
Best Music video Wirral international film festival for Chianosky - home sweet home
Best director Wirral international film festival for Chianosky - home sweet home
Best Music video for Wirral international film festival. for Taxi violence - heads or tails
Best Director video Wirral international film festival for The parlotones - should we fight back
Best Director - Wirral international film festival for Taxi Violence - the turn
Best International short film in Italy documenta film fest for screen behind the mirror
Best Director short film Wirral International film festival for Wit Wolf
Best Visual FX -Horror fest for Screen behind the mirrror
Best Experimental film AFDA experimental film festival for Screen Behind the mirror
Best Music video - Wirral International film festival for Inge Beckmann - i am human
Best Documentary - Wirral International film festival. for SA Cops